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Kansas State senior S Dante Barnett "is a physical tone-setter on the KSU defense with his aggressive and rangy skill-set," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Barnett, who was a high school teammate of departed wide receiver Tyler Lockett, is a physical tone-setter on the KSU defense with his aggressive and rangy skill-set. He is also one of the team leaders and was recently voted one of the team captains for 2015 for the second straight year," Brugler wrote. The Kansas State prospect has started a defensive-best 28 career games at safety for the Wildcats, and has started every game over the last two seasons. Kansas State's top returning tackler has 176 career stops on his resume.
Source: CBS Sports
May 21 - 3:38 PM

Kansas State senior CB Danzel McDaniel "could see a big jump up draft boards if his cover awareness improves as a senior," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"McDaniel is a strong competitor and uses the sideline well, but can get grabby in coverage and needs to improve his cover discipline. Playing mostly "tilt" technique last season, McDaniel could see a big jump up draft boards if his cover awareness improves as a senior," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound McDaniel has the ideal frame and aggressiveness needed for CB position at the next level. The former JUCO transfer from Manhattan posted 59 tackles, four passes defended and one interception in his first year as a starter.
Source: CBS Sports
May 21 - 3:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Kansas State senior OT Cody Whitehair's "toughness is off the charts" and has "veteran awareness and instincts."

"He could add a pinch of nastiness to his playing recipe, but the toughness is off the charts with veteran awareness and instincts. Whitehair isn't a household name, but is one of my favorite senior prospects for the 2016 class," Brugler wrote. As a sophomore, Whitehair played guard for the Wildcats, but moved to tackle last season. The 6-foot-4, 309-pound Whitehair earned all All-Conference honors and was Second Team Academic All-Big 12.
Source: CBS Sports
May 21 - 2:37 PM

Steelers signed Kansas State C B.J. Finney.

Finney (6'4/318) earned first-team All-Big 12 in each of his final three seasons and was the Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2014, sharing the honor with Baylor LT Spencer Drango. Short armed (32") and not a great athlete, Finney is a former wrestler who wins with power and tenacity. He allowed just 2.5 sacks across 52 college starts. Finney has starting-caliber upside, even if his shortcomings prevent him from ever becoming an "elite" NFL center.
May 4 - 6:01 PM

Chargers signed Kansas State OLB Ryan Mueller.

Mueller (6'2/245) walked on at K-State and went on to become a 26-game starter, tallying 33.5 career TFLs, 20.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the conference's coaches as both a junior and senior. Already undersized, Mueller's sub-optimal athleticism was exposed at the Wildcats' Pro Day, running 4.84 with an 8-foot-9 broad jump. Mueller excelled as a college player with extreme hustle, but his limitations are a lock to show up in the pros. He would do well to become a useful sub-package pass rusher.
May 4 - 1:01 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler ranks Kansas State C B.J. Finney as the No. 2 prospect not drafted.

LSU OT La'el Collins obviously topped the list. "Finney has quick 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," Brugler wrote. "Nonetheless, he has surpassed expectations at every level he's played and that likely won't stop once he gets to the NFL." ESPN's Todd McShay ranked Finney as the No. 3 UDFA: "He's not a mauler, but he's an effective positional blocker who rarely takes false steps and sustains long enough to create seams for his running backs. He also does a nice job of masking his athletic limitations in pass protection by getting his hands inside and locking on." Finney signed with the Steelers.
Source: CBS Sports
May 3 - 11:53 PM

Jaguars signed Kansas State QB Jake Waters.

Waters (6'1/216) succeeded Collin Klein as the Wildcats' quarterback, starting for two seasons and posting a 64.1 completion rate with a 40:16 TD-to-INT ratio and 15 rushing scores. A smallish scrambler with sub-baseline NFL quarterbacking tools, Waters has been likened to Connor Shaw by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. Ultimately, he's likely no more than a camp arm.
May 3 - 7:11 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Seahawks an "A-" draft grade.

Kiper included Jimmy Graham, who was acquired for the 31st pick and Max Unger, in that grade. The analyst thought Frank Clark was a fine Rd. 2 value pick assuming his off-the-field problem days are over. He really liked Seattle's No. 3 selection (No. 69 overall). "The pick of Tyler Lockett (they moved up for him) is one of my favorites in the entire draft," Kiper wrote. "The guy is just always open, and anybody who watched the Super Bowl knows how much the Seahawks need pass-catchers who can create some separation. This is your guy."
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 2:04 PM

Eagles selected Kansas State CB Randall Evans with the No. 196 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Eagles keep addressing their leaky secondary. Evans (6'0/195) fits Chip Kelly's mold as a rangy corner with plus speed (4.44). He started 31 career games and was a first-team All Big-12 selection in 2014. There's plenty of room on the depth chart for Evans to make the squad.
May 2 - 4:28 PM

Seahawks traded up with the Redskins to select Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Lockett (5'10/182) rewrote the K-State record books, compiling 249 career catches for 3,710 yards (14.9 YPR) and 29 touchdowns, and scoring six return TDs (two on punts, four on kickoffs) as a two-time winner of Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year. Lockett blazed 4.40 at the Combine with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Twitched up, versatile, and highly competitive, Lockett has drawn comparisons to T.Y. Hilton and Antonio Brown. Despite his size deficiency, Lockett projects as an early-career impact player on offense and returns. He could be the Golden Tate replacement the Seahawks couldn't find last year.
May 1 - 9:57 PM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett will "likely to get picked in the third round this week, but he will outperform several wideouts taken above him," according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

With another loaded WR class in this year's draft, the 5-foot-10, 181-pound Lockett tends to get overlooked. The Kansas state prospect, who was highly productive in 2014, recorded 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns when everyone knew he was getting the ball. Although Lockett lacks the ideal size for the position at the next level, he has been productive for the Wildcats. Lockett should make an immediate impact on offense, as well as on special teams.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 29 - 2:04 PM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett "has the best ability to string together multiple moves in the open field of any player in this class," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"I can't count the number of times I'd see him make the first guy miss on tape," McShay wrote. "He can hurt defenses in multiple ways. He's obviously great after the catch, but he also does some damage on handoffs and he might be the best return specialist in this draft. He had six kickoff and punt return TDs combined during his college career." Lockett confirmed the explosion at the combine, running a 4.4-second 40-yard dash time with a 6.89-second 3-cone drill. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett, who finished with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns last season, has been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton.
Apr 27 - 10:04 PM

Kansas State C B.J. Finney "has some athletic limitations, but I like his wrestling background," an anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Just a tough, gritty player. Centers nowadays really don't have to be special athletically," he said. Some evaluators think Finney would be a perfect fit in a zone-blocking scheme because of his aforementioned movement limitations. Finney boasts good size (6-foot-3 1/2, 315 pounds) and smarts, but he could stand to get stronger.
Apr 26 - 5:41 PM

In a deep receiver class, Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett "could fall further than his talents suggest, giving someone a steal on Day 2 or later," writes Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus.

The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett finished with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns last season. "If there is a prospect in this draft who looks like he's simply too small to be regarded as a top pick, it's Lockett," McGuinness wrote. "A big-play threat who produced 559 yards on passes 20 yards or more downfield in 2014, he plays much bigger than his 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame suggests, going up to win the ball at the catch point when needed. An impressive route runner, he has quick feet that allow him to quickly get open and find holes in zones well." Lockett has been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 11:39 PM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett "is a smart, instinctive slot receiver who knows how to get open," writes CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"He is smallish at 5-9, 182 pounds, but in a league where teams are starved for slot receivers he could become a 70- catch player in a year or so," Prisco wrote. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett finished with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He's been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "Runs like the wind with speed to get behind the secondary on vertical patterns... sudden, decisive footwork off the snap and in his breaks to sell routes and attract holding penalties - dynamic and deliberate route runner... doesn't slow down in his cuts, showing sharp burst to create space... deadly stop-and-go and double moves with a strong understanding of how to separate in his routes," reads Brugler's scouting report.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 10:42 PM


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