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ESPN's Brandon Chatmon believes four-star Kansas State QB Skylar Thompson, who enrolled early, could make an immediate impact in 2016.

With Kody Cook gone, Thompson will battle Joe Hubener and Alex Delton for starting duties. "Thompson is a terrific talent," Chatmon wrote. "He has room to grow but already possesses the run-pass skills to run the K-State attack if he can handle all the aspects of being in charge of an offense in Bill Snyder’s system. Getting a jump-start with spring practice should pay off for Thompson, and Snyder expects to make a decision on adding Thompson to the quarterback competition or redshirting him after the spring." 247Sports pegs Thompson as the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback in the class.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 5:35 PM

Kansas State OT Cody Whitehair "a rugged blocker with strong hands and body control," observed NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

Brooks lists Whitehair as the best guard/center prospect in the 2016 pool and noted that he "has a chance to come off the board on Day 1." He helped his stock over the course of the Senior Bowl practice week, with ESPN's Todd McShay praising the 6-foot-3, 309-pounder's consistency in blocking for both the run and pass. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler thought he "[won] almost every snap he took" during the contest.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 10:12 PM

Kansas State OT Cody Whitehair "really impressed with his consistency" at the Senior Bowl, writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He plays with a wide base and good balance, and is strong is both the run and pass games," McShay wrote. Whitehair reminded NFL Network's Mike Mayock of Joel Bitonio and Zack Martin during a film review. Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris walked away less impressed after a recent exercise of his own. Having previously ranked Whitehair No. 19 overall, Norris wrote that the Kansas State product "did not live up to [those high expectations] upon further review.
Feb 1 - 3:40 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler observed that while Kansas State OT Cody Whitehair "drew barely any praise during the [Senior Bowl] telecast," he ultimately proved able to "[win] almost every snap he took on Saturday."

Brugler referred to Whitehair's strong work as "business as usual" and wrote that the 6-foot-3, 309-pounder was "quick to set up off the snap, with the balance to stay square to defenders and control the point of attack." The CBS analyst is beyond high on him, calling him "NFL-ready right now" and reiterating his belief that Whitehair's a Top-25 prospect in this draft pool. Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris watched film of the former Wildcat over the last week and came away decidedly less-than-impressed. He had ranked Whitehair as his No. 19 overall draft prospect, but the Kansas State product "did not live up to [those high expectations]" when Norris dove deeper.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 31 - 7:45 PM

Kansas State OT Cody Whitehair reminded NFL Network's Mike Mayock of Joel Bitonio and Zack Martin during a film review.

Bitonio and Martin, of course, were both stud collegiate left tackles who shifted inside to guard and played at a Pro Bowl-level. "Whitehair is the next one of those guys," Mayock said from the Senior Bowl. "I thought he had a really good day, especially in the line drills. He along with Vidal Alexander from LSU were impressive." Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Whitehair as the No. 19 overall draft prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 12:00 PM

Kansas State FB Glenn Gronkowski met with the New England Patriots on Wednesday night.

The story would write itself if the Patriots popped Little Gronk on Day 3. His older brother Rob is already one of the franchise's all-time greats. Would he like to join him the AFC runner-ups? "That would be awesome. I've actually never played with any of my brothers before," Gronkowski said. "They've always been too old for me. ... Everyone else has played together, so to be on the same team, that would be a dream come true." At the Senior Bowl, Gronkowski has been practicing at tight end, fullback and H-back. Sounds like Bill Belichick's kind of player. Little Gronk also said he'd like to play for the Baltimore Ravens, noting that they are one of the few teams that carves out roster room for players of his skill set.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 7:09 PM

A film review of Kansas State OT Cody Whitehair left Rotoworld's Josh Norris disappointed.

"My expectations came back to bite me, as he did not live up to them," Norris wrote. "Obviously Whitehair is not Zack Martin or Brandon Scherff, but he has powerful hands and a wide base to control his opponent when in proper position." All that said, Norris ranks Whitehair as the No. 19 overall draft prospect. The 6-foot-4, 309-pounder was named to the Big 12 first-team in 2015.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 27 - 12:41 PM

Cal graduate CB Cedric Dozier transferred to Kansas State.

Dozier will spend his last year of eligibility with HC Bill Snyder. This past season with Cal, the 5-foot-11, 174-pound corner's production was relatively limited. He recorded 11 tackles (0.5 for loss) and four pass breakups in seven games. To this point, he's yet to intercept a pass at the collegiate level. In his best season with the Golden Bears (in 2014), he logged 52 total tackles.
Jan 25 - 9:40 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Kansas State OT Cody Whitehair as the No. 19 overall draft prospect.

"Many expect Whitehair to be the next tackle to guard transition. Why can’t he succeed at guard?" Norris wrote. "The answer I point to is his wide base that has been and might be an issue against edge rushers with speed. It was the same for Zack Martin. Whitehair has powerful hands and will control you in tight spaces when in proper positioning. Guards can be just as important as tackles." The 6-foot-4, 309-pound Whitehair was named to the Big 12 first-team in 2015. An AFC North scout told NFL.com during the season that Whitehair is "probably better at guard in our league, but he might be able to play all five positions if needed."
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 15 - 8:00 PM

Kansas State redshirt junior FB Glenn Gronkowski accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Baby Gronk isn't a defense-crumpling supernova like Patriots TE (and older bro) Rob Gronkowski, but he's a fine contributor at fullback, scoring seven touchdowns in a limited offensive role with the Wildcats over the course of his career. In early January, CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler pointed out that the 6-foot-3, 234-pound Gronkowski "established himself as one of the better blockers at the college level early in his career." It's this blocking ability that would likely help the fullback earn a draft selection in the later rounds. For better or worse, his name alone could earn him a slight slot bump.
Jan 14 - 8:54 PM

Kansas State announced head coach Bill Snyder will return for the 2016 season.

Football Scoop's Doug Samuels reported as much back on November 24. Snyder is set to return for his age 76 coaching season, which is awesome. Snyder coached Kansas State from 1989 to 2005, then again from 2009 to the present. Kansas State finished 6-7 this season, their worst record since 2009.
Jan 11 - 2:44 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that Kansas State junior FB Glenn Gronkowski has "proven himself as a versatile talent as a rusher, receiver and blocker."

Should the draft-bound Gronkowski find himself an NFL team in the later rounds (or as an undrafted free agent), he would become the fourth Gronk brother to play in the NFL. The 6-foot-3, 234-pound junior doesn't have the elite offensive ability of older brother Rob, but Brugler said that Gronk the Younger "established himself as one of the better blockers at the college level early in his career." He also managed to score seven career touchdowns despite his generally non-offensive role with the Wildcats. Brugler also touched on an interesting point as to how he'll fare in the draft, writing that "his tape does speak for itself [beyond his name value]. And it shows a player worthy of late round consideration."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 3 - 6:27 PM

Kansas State junior FB Glenn Gronkowski's father confirmed that his son will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Gronkowski's the younger brother of star Patriots' TE Rob Gronkowski. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 234-pound junior rushed for 45 yards on 11 carries while catching five passes for 76 yards. NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Gronkowski "plays the most devalued position in the game -- many teams don't even employ a true fullback -- but if he's able to contribute on special teams, his NFL future would be more secure." Over the summer, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. called him the best underclassman fullback in the country.
Jan 2 - 10:56 PM

Kansas State junior RB Charles Jones rushed for 40 yards on six carries in Saturday's 45-23 loss to Arkansas in the Autozone Liberty Bowl.

While Jones did average 6.7 YPC, that's a deceptive number. 35 of his 40 yards came on one run. Otherwise, nothin' doin' here. The 5-foot-10, 206-pound junior finishes the 2015 campaign having rushed for 696 yards and five touchdowns. Outside of a 122-yard performance against Texas on October 24, he failed to crack the century mark in any single game. And really, we should probably knock off 30 or so yards from that 122-yard effort just on the principle of "because he did it against Texas."
Jan 2 - 8:26 PM

Kansas State junior WR/QB Kody Cook completed 12-of-24 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-23 loss to Arkansas in the Autozone Liberty Bowl.

Cook saw little-to-no quarterbacking action early in the season, but an injury to Joe Hubener put him in place to start this contest. He did his darndest to keep HC Bill Snyder's crew in the game (they trailed 31-23 after three quarters), but Arkansas would pull away with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Cook had no answer for those. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound junior didn't embarrass himself throwing the ball in his opportunities, but barring a rash of injuries, he should return to wide receiver next season.
Jan 2 - 7:45 PM


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