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Kansas State HC Bill Snyder indicated that he is not ready to name a starting quarterback for 2016

"About the time it looks like one of them is starting to inch ahead, then all of a sudden somebody else steps up and makes some plays and does some things, and has a great practice," Snyder said. All three of his quarterbacks (redshirt sophomore Jesse Ertz, redshirt freshman Alex Delton and senior Joe Hubener) performed well in the team's spring game. Hubener led the way in completing 21-of-25 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns while Ertz -- who was named team captain over the spring -- completed 12-of-18 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. For his part, Delton wasn't quite as accurate (13-of-21 passing), but finished with 139 yards through the air. Ertz likely has the edge here. He suffered a serious knee injury in Week 1 last season and subsequently missed the entire 2015 campaign, but looks to be completely healthy as we roll into summer.
May 23 - 3:56 PM

Kansas State redshirt senior S Dante Barnett (shoulder) is on the Lott Impact Trophy preseason watch list.

Barnett was all set to finish out his Kansas State career and move on to the NFL before he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the first half of the 2015 opener against South Dakota. He took a redshirt and returns as one of the nation's best safeties. The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder was a Second Team All-Big 12 selection in 2014.
May 19 - 5:05 PM

Kansas State named former Minnesota HC Jerry Kill associate athletic director.

Kill stepped down as head coach of Minnesota due to health complications relating to seizures on October 28. There had been talk that he might take a position in the administration with the Golden Gophers, but the job they offered did not tie to athletics and Kill ultimately turned that down in late February. Now, onward to Kansas State. "Mentoring has always been very important to me," Kill said of his new job, "and I am thrilled to work in support of Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder and the football program and learn more about the administrative side of college athletics under (AD) John (Currie) and the rest of the first-class staff at K-State."
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 12:12 PM

Despite never having thrown a pass, Kansas State named redshirt sophomore QB Jesse Ertz a team captain this spring.

Ertz won the starting job last summer but suffered a season-ending knee injury two plays into the opener. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder figures to be backed up by athletic redshirt freshman Alex Delton, who is coming back from his own lost season via knee injury. ESPN's Jake Trotter believes Delton "could carve out a role similar to Daniel Sams in 2013 as a chance-of-pace option off the bench."
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 1:08 PM

Kansas State FB Glenn Gronkowski said that he was "a little more tame" than Patriots TE and older brother Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski also described himself as "a little more intelligent" than his star brother. While the 6-foot-2, 239-pound Gronk the Younger did not hear his name called during the draft, he signed with the Bills as a street free agent following festivities in Chicago. NFL Media's Chad Reuter sees him as a potential asset on special teams in addition to the traditional offense.
Source: NFL.com
May 7 - 1:31 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter ranked Buffalo's UDFA class No. 4.

The analyst believes FB Glenn Gronkowski could make the team as a special teamer and versatile fullback and further asserts that OLB Erin Striker will compete for playing time immediately. "The Bills didn't use a single draft pick on the offensive line, so picking up draftable prospects like center Robert Kugler, tenacious guard/tackle Marquis Lucas and long outside pass protector Keith Lumpkin was wise," Reuter added.
Source: NFL.com
May 6 - 2:49 PM

Pro Football Focus says the Bears' draft class boasted the second-most value per pick of any franchise.

First-round OLB Leonard Floyd was arguably the worst of Chicago's picks from a PFF value perspective, going No. 9 when the group ranked him No. 19. PFF did concede, however, that Floyd is "a tremendous fit for the Bears." After that, Chicago essentially hit eight consecutive value home runs. The next three picks easily surpassed their slots' value expectation, per PFF, with Rd. 2 G Cody Whitehair (No. 17 on the PFF board), Rd. 3 DL Jon Bullard (No. 27) and Rd. 4 ILB Nick Kwiatkoski (No. 76) all going at least 39 spots lower than PFF thought they should have. The Bears were only getting started. A sensational Day 3 was highlighted by Rd. 5 RB Jordan Howard and Rd. 7 WR Daniel Braverman, both of whom PFF wouldn't have objected to going on Day 2.
May 5 - 2:15 PM

Pro Football Focus called the Bears' selection of Kansas State G Cody Whitehair one of the best picks of the draft.

The Bears plucked Whitehair out of the pool in the second round at No. 56. "His positioning and technique are already at the level of a seasoned NFL veteran," PFF's Gordon McGuinness wrote, "and if he can put a bit more strength on his frame, Whitehair has the potential to be a top-5 interior lineman." While the 6-foot-4, 301-pounder played tackle early in his collegiate career, PFF (like most outlets) views him as an NFL guard.
May 2 - 11:26 PM

Bills signed Kansas State FB Glenn Gronkowski.

Gronkowski (6'2/239) made 20 starts in three years at K-State, earning second-team All-Big 12 as a fourth-year junior before turning pro. He finished his career with a 15/369/5 (24.6 YPR) receiving line and one rushing score. The youngest Gronk, Glenn's skill level is closer to Chris or Dan's. Glenn has 4.71 speed and wasn't a dominant lead blocker in college. He's a fringe-NFL talent.
May 1 - 1:24 AM

Bears selected Kansas State G Cody Whitehair with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Whitehair (6'4/301) made 51 starts at K-State, playing right tackle and left guard early in his career before protecting the blind side as a junior and senior. He earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2015. Short arms (32 3/8") will send Whitehair back to guard, and he concerningly managed only 16 bench-press reps at the Combine. Often compared to ex-Browns OL Eric Steinbach, Whitehair's best NFL position could prove to be center. Either way, he may need a year in the weight room before carving out a full-time NFL role. Kyle Long is entrenched as the starter at right guard, but Whitehair might develop into the team's long term starter at left guard or center.
Apr 29 - 9:16 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called Kansas State G Cody Whitehair "just kind of a guy."

Said the scout, "[Whitehair] played left tackle [at K-State] but no chance there. Has to be a guard or center. More of an overachiever athlete." Another evaluator came away impressed with the 6-foot-4, 301-pounder's technical ability, telling the Journal Sentinel, "Very steady, technically sound. Always in great position. Great balance, great feet. Plays with really good leverage. Doesn't have ideal arm length but knows how to play." Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar and others have compared Whitehair to Zack Martin.
Apr 25 - 9:58 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Kansas State G Cody Whitehair might lack the strength to be drafted in the top-50.

"Whitehair is an absolute technician. But in scouting circles," Reuter noted, "a lineman lacking the height and length to play tackle and the strength to move grown men off the line of scrimmage is a tough sell in the top 50." Whitehair measures out at 6-foot-4, 301 pounds. Reuter might see a slide here (he still believes a mid-second round selection is in play), but that doesn't necessarily mean everybody is down on the K-State product. In late March, Reuter colleague Gil Brandt tabbed Whitehair as one of the ten most underrated prospects in this draft pool.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 6:56 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Mike Renner noted that Kansas State G Boston Stiverson's technique is "top-notch."

Stiverson's technique might be impeccable, but Renner sees his size (and more specifically, his strength) as "glaringly lacking" for the pros. The Kansas State product measured in at 6-foot-3, 311 pounds on his Pro Day. Wrote Renner, "He’s the type of guy whose ceiling is obviously limited in the NFL by his physical attributes, but he won’t be a liability and could make a career as a sixth offensive lineman." PFF lists Stiverson as a potential Day 3 selection, if he is selected at all.
Apr 16 - 5:03 PM

NJ.com's Mark Eckel spoke with one NFL scout who believes "if you're looking for a G, you've come to the wrong draft."

Granted this specific NFL evaluator is against taking guards early in the draft, which we think is bogus, but he believes no guard is worth considering with a top two round pick. He even called Kansas State's Cody Whitehair "just a guy" and an AFC scout called Michigan center Graham Glasgow the best guard prospect in this class. We love Glasgow's projection, and teams tend to stay away from 6-foot-6 centers and move them to guard, so the transition makes sense. We think this evaluator needs to give the interior offensive linemen more respect.
Source: NJ.com
Mar 23 - 10:16 AM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt included Kansas State OL Cody Whitehair on his list of the 10 most underrated prospects in this year's draft pool.

"[Whitehair] played left tackle at K-State; in the NFL, his best position is going to be guard, maybe even center," Brandt wrote, adding that "[h]e's a high-effort player who should play for a long time in the league." The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder also earned a nice bit of synergy in landing on Pro Football Focus' board as the seventh-most underrated prospect earlier this month. NFL Media's Bucky Brooks, Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar and a slew of others have compared Whitehair to Cowboys guard Zack Martin.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 7:10 PM


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