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In an informal poll of five NFL teams conducted by Walter Football, the draft projections for Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis ranged from the second to the fifth round.

The most bullish of these five teams is viewing Willis as a pick for the middle of the second round. The others were slightly more conservative, with two teams tabbing the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder as a late second round, early third round selection, another viewing him as a fourth- or fifth-rounder and one last entrant seeing Willis as a third-rounder. He has private workouts scheduled with the Bucs and Eagles for the near future and has already held one such workout with the Jaguars. While Walter Football's is hearing plenty of third-round talk, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that he will be drafted in the first half of the second round.
Mar 26 - 2:27 PM

Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis has private workouts scheduled with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Willis has already worked out privately with the Jaguars. Pauline further passes along that both the Dolphins and Cowboys are "showing a lot of interest." The analyst notes that the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder "look[ed] flawless in both defensive line and linebacker drills" during pro day festivities and writes that "it will be a stretch for Willis to end up in the late part of Round 1 but [I] would expect him to be off the board during the top half of the second frame."
Mar 25 - 12:52 PM

Kansas State ILB Charmeachealle Moore met with seven teams earlier this week according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Per Pauline, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs spent extra time with Moore to administer "combine-like personality tests." Moore ran the 40 in 4.61s and completed 22 reps on the bench at his pro day event. NFL Media's Gil Brandt wrote: "I see him as a late-round draft pick or priority free agent."
Mar 16 - 4:00 PM

Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis has five private workouts scheduled over the next 10 days.

At KSU's pro day earlier this week, Willis worked out in front of the Philadelphia Eagles defensive line coach and the Tampa Bay Bucs assistant defensive line coach. Willis stood on his superb NFL Combine testing numbers. "Those on hand said Willis looked as fluid as the two KSU linebackers who worked out," wrote Tony Pauline. "He was smooth in his backpedal and easily moved in space. As one team put it, Willis is a terrific athlete with high character and an easy evaluation with no holes."
Mar 16 - 3:28 PM

Kansas State LB Elijah Lee met with the Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals earlier this week.

Because he wasn't invited to the NFL Combine, Lee may be more sought out than he otherwise would have been during this pre-draft cycle. He has an official pre-daft visit scheduled with the Vikings in addition to a workout slated for the Detroit Lions.
Mar 15 - 5:25 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis to Los Angeles Chargers LB Kyle Emanuel.

"[Willis] will need more creativity to be an effective NFL pass rusher," Zierlein writes, "but he should be able to earn a roster spot and work his way up the pecking order in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme." Zierlein colleague Bucky Brooks views him as possible Day 3 pick, but we would not be surprised if a team fell in love with his athletic measurables -- he was one of the best all-around performers at the NFL Scouting Combine -- and used a selection on him on Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 14 - 9:30 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks relays that Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis "shocked scouts" with his workout at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"He plays hard on tape and makes a few splash plays, but I didn't see an explosive athlete [heading into the Combine]," an AFC national scout told Brooks. "I'm going to need to check out the tape again to see if I missed something when I checked him out during the fall." The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder rocked a 4.35-second 40-yard dash, a 39-inch vertical leap and a 6.85-second mark in the three-cone drill during his fantastic weekend in Indianapolis. This is all great work, but Brooks still has his questions, writing that he views Willis "as a developmental prospect capable of growing into a spot-starter role at the next level." Day 2 isn't out of the question for Willis, but Brooks would assign him a Day 3 grade based on what he has seen on film.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 11 - 2:00 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Steve Palazzolo noted that Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis "show[ed] great burst and surprising change-of-direction" at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"Even the most [optimistic] PFF analyst looked at Willis as a guy who may struggle in certain aspects of his game," Palazzolo writes, "particularly turning the corner as a pass-rusher, but the workouts indicate it may be more scheme-based." Willis measured into the Combine at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds and went on to post one of the best all-around performances of any player in Indianapolis. Among his impressive test results, a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, a 39-inch vertical leap and a 6.85-second time in the three-cone drill.
Mar 7 - 5:16 PM

Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis' 6.85 three-cone time would have placed No. 18 among wide receivers.

"The question on him coming in was [moving] side to side," a Midwest scout said, "and he helped there." Willis also ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash on Sunday. Needless to say, his stock is pointing up.
Source: Yahoo
Mar 6 - 3:19 PM

Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis ran a 40-yard dash of 4.53 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday.

Just a monster overall day for Willis. That mark of 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash was bested only by Temple's Haason Reddick among defensive lineman. Speed was far from the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder's only strong attribute in testing, though. He also showcased a silly vertical leap, hitting 39 inches. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein notes that Willis "plays with desired motor from whistle to whistle" and refers to him as a "stack-and-shed edge defender with good play strength and quality hand work at the point of attack."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 5 - 4:02 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says Kansas State ILB Charmeachealle Moore "jumps out on film with his ability to make plays sideline to sideline and his aggressive nature."

"Moore is another nickel linebacker for the next level who should stand out on special teams," Pauline wrote. Moore should be available in the later stages of Day 3.
Feb 21 - 12:25 PM

Kansas State redshirt junior S Kendall Adams whiffed on just two tackles in the final four games of the 2016 season.

Adams was far less sound in his tackling early in the season, missing 14 of 'em in the first six conference games on the schedule. Despite these early issues, the 6-foot-4, 211-pounder never lost the faith of HC Bill Snyder. Indeed, Adams sat out just 15 total snaps in 2016. For the season as a whole, he recorded 64 tackles and two interceptions.
Feb 19 - 1:31 PM

Kansas State LB Elijah Lee was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

The 6-foot-3, 228-pounder left school with a season of eligibility remaining last month. We're a little surprised by the snub, as Lee led the Wildcats with 110 tackles (72 solos) and had 6.5 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions last season. A first-team All-Big 12 selection, Lee is seen by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline as a possible fourth-round selection in this spring's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 12:34 PM

Kansas State co-offensive coordinator Del Miller retired.

Miller was the first assistant coaching hire made by Bill Snyder at KSU. He ended up coaching under Snyder for 20 years. "I am very grateful to Del for staying with us as long as he has. He is a major contributor to the foundation of Kansas State Football as we know it today," Snyder said. "Having been the very first assistant coach hired for us in 1988 and still with us today, speaks volumes."
Feb 13 - 3:24 PM

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder released a statement saying he has been diagnosed with throat cancer, but the treatment will not impact his coaching duties.

It was reported last week that Snyder was undergoing treatment at a Kansas City hospital, and Snyder stated he has been going for three weeks and "am getting along very well." Kansas State opens spring practice on March 29. Snyder is 77 years old and has been at Kansas State since 1989, outside of a four-year hiatus.
Feb 13 - 9:16 AM


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