Nov 3, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Tavon Rooks: The Only Kansas State Wildcat Drafted This Year

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The 2014 NFL draft may have taken place over a month ago, but that didn’t stop an important Kansas State record from continuing. With K-State offensive lineman Tavon Rooks being drafted this year, it meant that the school was able to extend its streak to 21 consecutive years of having a player drafted.

Tavon Rooks was selected in the sixth round by the New Orleans Saints. Rooks is originally from Randallstown, Maryland and transferred to Kansas State after attending Navarro Community College in Texas. He was a member of Navarro Community College football team when they won a National Championship in 2010.

Back to that school record though, Kansas State’s streak of 21 straight years is now the longest streak in the Big 12 conference. The Wildcats were originally trailing Texas for the most consecutive years, but the Longhorns did not have a single player drafted for the first time since 1937.

Many draft analysts thought that fellow Wildcats Cornelius Lucas and Ty Zimmerman would be drafted as well. Sadly, Lucas has been dealing with a foot injury, which hurt his draft stock immensely.

As for Zimmerman, he sustained an injury in a game against TCU back in November. He also had the same injury in K-State’s Big 12 title run the year before. The good news is that both Zimmerman and Lucas could participate in NFL summer camps though if they can remain healthy.

Going back to Rooks, he is the first Wildcat to be drafted by the Saints since 2003 when Melvin Williams got drafted. Rooks has won some awards as well, a 2-year All Big 12 performer Rooks was a 23-game starter at right tackle during his two year career.

He played in all 13 games with 10 starts during K-State’s Big 12 Championship season of 2012 before starting all 13 games as a senior in 2013 where the Wildcats finish with an overall record of 8-5 including winning the last 5 of 6.

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