List of Kansas State Wildcats in the NFL Draft

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Josh Freeman was drafted 17th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2009 NFL Draft.

This is a list of Kansas State Wildcats football players drafted into the National Football League (NFL) and American Football League (AFL). Kansas State has had a total of 139 players selected, including 5 players taken in the first round, since the NFL Draft began in 1936.[1][2][3]

After the NFL merged with the AFL in 1966, the history of the AFL was officially adopted by the NFL and therefore this list includes players taken in the AFL Draft (1960–1966) and in the Common Draft (1967–1969) in addition to the NFL Draft.[3] Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the "Common Draft" simply became the NFL Draft. Because four KSU players were selected in both the NFL and AFL drafts, the total number of selections listed below is 143 (including one "redshirt" selection in the 1965 AFL Draft), through the 2014 NFL Draft.

Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL Draft. The draft rules were last updated in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl).

Key[edit]

B Back K Kicker NT Nose tackle
C Center LB Linebacker BB Blocking back
DB Defensive back P Punter HB Halfback
DE Defensive end QB Quarterback WR Wide receiver
DT Defensive tackle RB Running back G Guard
E End T Offensive tackle TE Tight end
FB Fullback
* Selected to a Pro Bowl
Won a NFL championship
Selected to a Pro Bowl and won a NFL championship

Players selected[edit]

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Terence Newman was drafted 5th overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2003 NFL Draft.
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Michael Bishop was drafted in the 7th round by the New England Patriots in the 1999 NFL Draft.
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Jordy Nelson was drafted 36th overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Mark Simoneau was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in 2000 NFL draft.
AFL Draft (1960–1966)
Year Rnd Pick Overall Player name Position AFL team Notes
1960 Littlejohn, JohnJohn Littlejohn B Buffalo Bills also selected in NFL Draft
1960 Vader, JoeJoe Vader E Dallas Texans
1961 6 41 Evans, DaleDale Evans B Denver Broncos also selected in NFL Draft
1961 30 238 Price, CedricCedric Price E Dallas Texans
1963 26 204 Crenshaw, WillisWillis Crenshaw B Buffalo Bills also selected in NFL Draft
1965 redshirt Barlow, RonRon Barlow FB New York Jets
1966 9 74 Matan, BillBill Matan E Miami Dolphins also selected in NFL Draft
NFL Draft (1936–present)
Year Rnd Pick Overall Player name Position NFL team Notes
1937 3 6 26 Elder, MauriceMaurice Elder B Boston Redskins starter on undefeated 1937 Los Angeles Bulldogs
1937 7 6 66 Holland, RollaRolla Holland G Boston Redskins
1937 9 1 81 Fanning, PaulPaul Fanning T Philadelphia Eagles
1940 11 2 92 Hackney, ElmerElmer Hackney RB Philadelphia Eagles
1940 15 2 142 Crumbaker, DonDon Crumbaker E Philadelphia Eagles
1940 20 3 183 DeBord, BillBill DeBord T Philadelphia Eagles
1941 11 8 98 Weiner, BernieBernie Weiner T Brooklyn Dodgers
1944 13 11 131 Zeleznak, MikeMike Zeleznak B Boston Yanks
1944 24 8 249 Bortka, JackJack Bortka B Chicago Bears
1945 11 2 100 Haury, EarlEarl Haury T Brooklyn Tigers
1945 16 2 155 Ungles, JimJim Ungles B Pittsburgh Steelers
1945 23 8 238 Vargon, MikeMike Vargon E Chicago Bears
1946 31 5 295 Cowan, DaleDale Cowan T Los Angeles Rams
1950 7 9 88 Prather, RollinRollin Prather E Chicago Bears
1953 13 7 152 McShulski, JackJack McShulski E New York Giants
1954 1 4 4 Switzer, VerylVeryl Switzer HB Green Bay Packers
1955 2 6 19 Taylor, CorkyCorky Taylor B Los Angeles Rams
1955 7 7 80 Marciniak, RonRon Marciniak G Washington Redskins
1955 19 12 229 Ebert, TomTom Ebert E Cleveland Browns
1955 25 9 298 Wade, DeweyDewey Wade E San Francisco 49ers
1956 7 8 81 Nery, RonRon Nery T New York Giants AFL All-Pro (1961)
1956 13 12 157 Furey, JimJim Furey C Cleveland Browns
1956 26 5 306 Zickefoose, ChuckChuck Zickefoose E Chicago Cardinals
1956 29 6 343 Rusher, JimJim Rusher E Baltimore Colts
1958 7 10 83 Pfeifer, RalphRalph Pfeifer B Detroit Lions
1958 9 1 98 Keelan, JohnJohn Keelan T Chicago Cardinals
1958 19 6 223 Keady, GeneGene Keady B Pittsburgh Steelers
1958 30 9 358 Stahura, TedTed Stahura T San Francisco 49ers
1959 29 3 339 Stolte, JohnJohn Stolte T Philadelphia Eagles
1960 16 5 185 Littlejohn, JohnJohn Littlejohn B Green Bay Packers
1961 6 8 78 Evans, DaleDale Evans B St. Louis Cardinals
1963 9 2 114 Crenshaw, WillisWillis Crenshaw B St. Louis Cardinals
1964 17 5 229 Provenzano, JoeJoe Provenzano T Detroit Lions
1965 16 4 214 Dusenbury, DougDoug Dusenbury K Pittsburgh Steelers
1965 20 5 271 Barlow, DonDon Barlow T Dallas Cowboys
1966 8 8 118 Matan, BillBill Matan WR New York Giants
1966 18 11 271 Jones, WillieWillie Jones DT St. Louis Cardinals
1968 16 13 421 Lankas, DanDan Lankas LB St. Louis Cardinals
1969 5 17 121 Davis, CorneliusCornelius Davis RB Minnesota Vikings
1969 8 9 191 Brown, LarryLarry Brown* RB Washington Redskins NFL MVP (1972),
Pro Bowl (1969, 70, 71, 72)
1969 11 14 280 Jones, DaveDave Jones WR Washington Redskins
1969 15 14 378 Coble, BobBob Coble P Chicago Bears
1970 4 1 79 Larson, LynnLynn Larson T Chicago Bears
1970 6 2 132 Barrera, ManuelManuel Barrera LB Pittsburgh Steelers
1970 6 13 143 Herron, MackMack Herron RB Atlanta Falcons
1970 8 8 190 Gordon, IraIra Gordon T Philadelphia Eagles
1970 12 6 292 Collins, CharlesCharles Collins WR St. Louis Cardinals
1970 16 26 416 Ross, RandyRandy Ross LB Kansas City Chiefs
1971 1 14 14 Scott, ClarenceClarence Scott* DB Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl (1973)
1971 3 4 56 Dickey, LynnLynn Dickey QB Houston Oilers NFL All-Pro (1983)
1971 3 13 65 Montgomery, MikeMike Montgomery RB San Diego Chargers
1971 5 10 114 Shaternick, DeanDean Shaternick T San Francisco 49ers
1971 7 22 178 Dickerson, RonRon Dickerson DB Miami Dolphins
1971 8 17 199 Yankowski, RonRon Yankowski RB St. Louis Cardinals
1971 13 19 331 Harrison, RussellRussell Harrison RB Los Angeles Rams
1972 5 7 111 Butler, BillBill Butler RB New Orleans Saints
1972 7 3 159 Colquitt, JoeJoe Colquitt DE Pittsburgh Steelers
1972 8 12 194 Lattimore, MarionMarion Lattimore G New York Jets
1972 8 13 195 Beyrle, SteveSteve Beyrle G New England Patriots
1972 11 2 262 Robertson, JohnJohn Robertson DB New York Giants
1973 13 25 336 Fergerson, RickRick Fergerson WR Pittsburgh Steelers
1973 14 19 357 Morrison, DennisDennis Morrison QB San Francisco 49ers
1974 5 5 109 Childs, HenryHenry Childs* TE Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl (1979)
1974 7 10 167 Cullars, WillieWillie Cullars DE Philadelphia Eagles
1974 10 14 249 Calhoun, DonDon Calhoun RB Buffalo Bills
1974 11 10 271 Brittain, BillBill Brittain C Philadelphia Eagles
1974 13 12 325 Rothwell, FredFred Rothwell C Detroit Lions
1974 15 12 377 Wells, JohnJohn Wells G Detroit Lions
1974 15 20 385 Jackson, IsaacIsaac Jackson RB Cincinnati Bengals
1975 5 12 116 Grogan, SteveSteve Grogan QB New England Patriots
1975 16 10 401 Tuttle, JohnJohn Tuttle WR Cincinnati Bengals
1975 16 15 406 Chaves, LesLes Chaves DB Detroit Lions
1978 3 2 58 Spani, GaryGary Spani LB Kansas City Chiefs
1979 5 6 116 Manucci, DanDan Manucci QB Buffalo Bills
1979 12 3 306 Green, CharlieCharlie Green WR Baltimore Colts
1980 11 3 280 Whitley, EddyEddy Whitley TE Baltimore Colts
1981 5 19 130 Clark, StevanStevan Clark DT New England Patriots
1982 3 11 66 Goodlow, EugeneEugene Goodlow WR New Orleans Saints
1986 10 28 277 Hundley, BartonBarton Hundley DB Chicago Bears
1986 11 12 289 Stone, TimTim Stone T Cincinnati Bengals
1988 5 23 132 Jordan, TonyTony Jordan RB Phoenix Cardinals
1990 6 10 147 Henry, MauriceMaurice Henry LB Detroit Lions
1992 5 6 118 Green, RogerickRogerick Green DB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1992 7 11 179 Campbell, RussRuss Campbell TE Pittsburgh Steelers
1992 10 2 254 Alexander, ElijahElijah Alexander LB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1994 2 18 47 Randolph, ThomasThomas Randolph DB New York Giants
1995 2 26 58 Brooks, BarrettBarrett Brooks T Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Champion (XL)
1995 4 13 111 May, ChadChad May QB Minnesota Vikings
1996 4 10 105 Gaskins, PercellPercell Gaskins LB St. Louis Rams
1997 1 29 29 Canty, ChrisChris Canty DB New England Patriots
1997 2 17 47 Lockett, KevinKevin Lockett WR Kansas City Chiefs
1998 2 17 47 Weiner, ToddTodd Weiner T Seattle Seahawks
1999 3 29 80 Gramática, MartínMartín Gramática K Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl (2000)
Super Bowl Champion (XXXVII)
1999 6 29 198 Kelly, JeffJeff Kelly LB Atlanta Falcons
1999 7 17 223 Young, RyanRyan Young T New York Jets
1999 7 21 227 Bishop, MichaelMichael Bishop QB New England Patriots
1999 7 30 238 Swift, JustinJustin Swift TE Denver Broncos
1999 7 34 240 McDonald, DarnellDarnell McDonald WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2000 2 2 33 Howard, DarrenDarren Howard DE New Orleans Saints
2000 3 5 67 Simoneau, MarkMark Simoneau LB Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl Champion (XLIV)
2000 3 21 83 McIntosh, DamionDamion McIntosh T San Diego Chargers
2000 5 17 146 Chapman, LamarLamar Chapman DB Cleveland Browns
2000 6 4 170 Murphy, FrankFrank Murphy RB Chicago Bears
2001 2 2 33 Morgan, QuincyQuincy Morgan WR Cleveland Browns Super Bowl Champion (XL)
2001 3 28 90 Meier, ShadShad Meier TE Tennessee Titans
2001 4 11 107 Beisel, MontyMonty Beisel LB Kansas City Chiefs
2001 5 2 133 Fatafehi, MarioMario Fatafehi DT Arizona Cardinals
2001 5 11 143 Cooper, JarrodJarrod Cooper DB Carolina Panthers
2001 5 12 145 Butler, JerametriusJerametrius Butler DB St. Louis Rams
2002 2 25 57 McGraw, JonJon McGraw DB New York Jets
2002 3 6 71 Leber, BenBen Leber LB San Diego Chargers
2002 6 1 173 Faggins, DeMarcusDeMarcus Faggins DB Houston Texans
2002 6 13 185 Scobey, JoshJosh Scobey RB Arizona Cardinals
2002 7 43 254 Lockett, AaronAaron Lockett WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2002 7 46 257 Cartwright, RockRock Cartwright RB Washington Redskins
2003 1 5 5 Newman, TerenceTerence Newman* DB Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl (2007, 2009)
2003 2 19 51 Pierce, TerryTerry Pierce LB Denver Broncos
2003 5 20 155 Williams, MelvinMelvin Williams DE New Orleans Saints
2003 7 10 224 Wallace, TacoTaco Wallace WR Seattle Seahawks
2004 6 2 167 Leckey, NickNick Leckey C Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl Champion (XLIV)
2004 7 3 236 Washington, RashadRashad Washington DB New York Jets
2005 4 29 130 Sproles, DarrenDarren Sproles* RB San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl (2014)
2006 6 18 187 Clary, JeromeyJeromey Clary T San Diego Chargers
2007 3 10 74 Figurs, YamonYamon Figurs WR Baltimore Ravens
2007 6 12 186 Clayton, ThomasThomas Clayton RB San Francisco 49ers
2007 7 8 218 Diles, ZacZac Diles LB Houston Texans
2008 2 5 36 Nelson, JordyJordy Nelson WR Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Champion (XLV)
Pro Bowl (2014)
2008 7 39 242 Jackson, RobRob Jackson DE Washington Redskins
2009 1 17 17 Freeman, JoshJosh Freeman QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2010 5 10 141 Moore, JoshJosh Moore DB Chicago Bears
2011 2 30 62 Thomas, DanielDaniel Thomas RB Miami Dolphins
2012 7 22 229 Brown, BryceBryce Brown RB Philadelphia Eagles
2013 2 24 56 Brown, ArthurArthur Brown LB Baltimore Ravens
2013 4 25 123 Harper, ChrisChris Harper WR Seattle Seahawks
2013 6 35 204 Wilson, BradenBraden Wilson FB Kansas City Chiefs
2014 6 26 202 Rooks, TavonTavon Rooks OT New Orleans Saints

Notable undrafted players[edit]

A selection of notable KSU football players who entered the NFL outside the draft includes:

Nine KSU players were selected by other leagues directly challenging the NFL: two were drafted in the 1948 All-America Football Conference draft (Rollin Prather and Mike Zeleznek),[2][4] two were selected in the 1983 USFL Draft (Amos Donaldson and Will Cokeley), three were selected in the 1984 USFL Draft (Reggie Singletary, L. E. Madison and Eric Mack), and two more in the 1985 USFL Draft (Eric Bailey and Kyle Clawson). Many of these players also played in the NFL.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kansas St. Drafted Players". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b KSU Football Media Guide (pdf), Kansas State University, 2013, p. 178, retrieved 2013-10-28 
  3. ^ a b "NFL.com Draft Tracker". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  4. ^ "1948 AAFC Draft". profootballarchives.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03.