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Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "showed good strength and tenacity, taking his opponent to the ground, at times, in this game," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observed.

"Finney was [Dane] Brugler's top-rated lineman after the week of practice and it wasn't difficult to see why in this game," Rang wrote. "Finney, a former walk-on, has good initial quickness and plays with sound technique, keeping his knees bent and his butt down. He doesn't have ideal arm length at 31 7/8" which could keep him inside at center despite a frame that otherwise might project outside to guard." Finney impressed scouts in practices and is firmly planted on the middle-round line right now.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 8:06 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "stood out consistently during drills and held up well in one-on-ones [at East-West Shrine Game practices]," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He was quick to engage and square his target, using proper mechanics and leverage to shield defenders from the pocket," Brugler wrote. "As a former walk-on, Finney has the toughness, competitive appetite and strong intangibles, both on and off the field, that NFL coaches covet. Finney has nimble feet and gets every ounce of power out of his body, rarely making mistakes, but he also doesn't have a lot of physical traits to get excited about. Nonetheless, he has surpassed expectations at every level he has played and that likely won't stop once he gets to the NFL." Some evaluators believe Finney would be a perfect fit in a zone-blocking scheme. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline thinks Finney projects as a middle round pick.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 2:50 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "has been the most impressive interior lineman on the West roster [at East-West Shrine Game practices] and it hasn't been close," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Part of that are the struggles of the other players at the position, but also because Finney has been that good," Brugler wrote. "He moves his feet well with quick snap-and-set up, using his body angles and mechanics to shield defenders from the pocket. A four-year starter and former walk-on, Finney plays with that chip on his shoulder and his anticipation has been evident during practice reps, sensing moves and reacting accordingly." Finney boasts good size (6-foot-4, 303 pounds), athleticism and smarts. Some evaluators are concerned with his lack of strength, but that might make Finney a perfect fit for a zone-blocking scheme.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 15 - 6:03 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney continues to impress scouts at East-West Shrine Game practices, reports NFL.com.

"He has good size (6-4, 312), but doesn't overwhelm you with his strength or athleticism," wrote Mike Huguenin. "But he is extremely proficient technically and doesn't make many mistakes. He has a high football IQ and understands angles. He looks like a third-day pick." Some evaluators believe Finney would be a perfect fit in a zone-blocking scheme. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline thinks Finney projects as a middle round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 3:52 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney is performing well at East-West Shrine Game practices, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Finney, a former walk-on, started all four years on campus. He comes with a great frame at 6-foot-4, 303 pounds, and also boasts good athleticism and smarts. For these reasons, it isn't a surprise that he's showing well in practices. Finney's big weakness is a lack of strength, though many evaluators believe he will excel in the right scheme. Pauline previously wrote that Finney "projects as a middle round pick for a zone blocking offense."
Jan 12 - 10:05 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters completed 9-of-21 passes for 71 yards and an interception in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

He also lost a fumble. Waters completed 66-percent of his passes this year with a 22/7 TD/INT ratio, but doesn't possess pro measurables. Over the summer, Waters was compared to ex-Gamecock Connor Shaw by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, a comparison we cosign. Waters is going to be in for a real fight to make an NFL roster as a UDFA.
Jan 11 - 8:53 PM

Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller had three tackles and a TFL in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

The former walk-on is undersized at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, though he's well built and comes equipped with a non-stop motor. Mueller posted 18.5 TFL and 11.5 sacks in 2013, but his production dropped off this year, which no doubt scares evaluators. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compared Mueller to Tedy Bruschi in September. "He has a very strong understanding of leverage and angles and appears comfortable on his feet, leading some teams to believe his NFL future is at linebacker. Mueller is lacking in a few areas, but he has some similar characteristics as Tedy Bruschi, who lined up on the defensive line in college before successfully making the transition to a stand up linebacker spot in the NFL," Brugler wrote.
Jan 11 - 3:23 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "doesn't have many physical traits to get excited about, but he doesn't make many mistakes and he's able to generate movement in the run game," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He plays like a veteran, sensing and anticipating the action well," Brugler wrote. The analyst is keen to get his eyes on Finney at East-West Shrine Game practices. The former walk-on is a four-year starter with good size (6-foot-4, 303 pounds), athleticism and smarts. He can get pushed around, however, so evaluators will probably want to see him lined up across from defensive tackle brawlers at this All-Star exhibit.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 6:32 PM

Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

Mueller posted 18.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in 2013, but his production dropped off a bit this year. The former walk-on is extremely undersized at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, though he's well built and comes with a non-stop motor. Mueller would do well to prove to scouts this winter that he has a future at linebacker in the NFL. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compared Mueller to Tedy Bruschi in September. "He has a very strong understanding of leverage and angles and appears comfortable on his feet, leading some teams to believe his NFL future is at linebacker. Mueller is lacking in a few areas, but he has some similar characteristics as Tedy Bruschi, who lined up on the defensive line in college before successfully making the transition to a stand up linebacker spot in the NFL," Brugler wrote.
Jan 7 - 2:05 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

Waters was a strong collegiate quarterback, but he's going to be in for a real fight to make an NFL roster as a UDFA. He completed 66-percent of his passes this season with a 22/7 TD/INT ratio, but doesn't come with pro measurables. Over the summer, Waters was compared to ex-Gamecock Connor Shaw by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, a comparison which we think is pretty accurate.
Jan 6 - 2:38 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett caught 13 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 40-35 loss to UCLA.

Lockett's second touchdown was a giveaway, but he displayed the ability to win in contested situations despite possessing a smaller frame. Golden Tate is a great receiver, but Lockett has similar traits in a few areas. We would not say he IS Tate so much as it might be his absolute ceiling. Lockett added another 41 yard punt return.
Jan 3 - 12:04 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

The former walk-on is a four-year starter with good size (6-foot-4, 303 pounds), athleticism and smarts. Finney's weakness is a lack of strength, though some evaluators think he'll excel in the right scheme. For instance, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Finney "projects as a middle round pick for a zone blocking offense."
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 06:10:00 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett has accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Lockett finished the regular season with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns. Kansas State prospect is the all-time leading receiver and has gone over 100 yards in four straight games, and six of his last eight. Lockett may project best as a slot receiver and returner at the next level, and has been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 03:44:00 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett grabbed 14 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Baylor on Saturday.

A great performance by Baylor's defensive line rendered the Wildcats' ground game inert. To move the ball, Kansas State essentially forced the ball to their best playmaker, which did work for stretches. Lockett ends the regular season with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns. Kansas State's all-time leading receiver has gone over 100 yards in four straight games, and six of his last eight. Lockett "reminds some of Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler recently wrote.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 09:48:00 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett tore into rival Kansas on Saturday, catching nine passes for 119 yards and two scores in a 51-13 victory.

Kansas State's all-time leading receiver has gone over 100 yards in three straight games, and five of his last seven. Lockett "reminds some of Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reported last week. Brugler added that the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Lockett "has the athleticism and toughness for the NFL, but he's also an above average route runner, showing subtle movements to set up defenders and get open."
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