K-State football has a proud tradition of producing great players for the NFL level. For the past 23 years, the Wildcats have seen at least one player from their school hear their name called on draft day.
With the NFL Draft looming, it’s time to take a look back and see just who has emerged from the draft from Kansas State University.
The Wildcats have seen some big names get drafted, such as Darren Sproles by the Chargers in 2005 or Jordy Nelson by the Packers in 2008, but have also had some later picks, like Thomas Clayton by the 49ers in 2007.
I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at the last ten K-State football players selected in the NFL Draft and see how they did in the pros. Some of these guys have had some nice careers with the big boys and others flamed out pretty quickly.
So without further ado, let’s start with the most recent Wildcat to hear his name called on draft day!
CODY WHITEHAIR (Second-Round Pick, 56th Overall in 2016 NFL Draft)
The only member Kansas State football last year to be drafted by an NFL team was Cody Whitehair, who was a second round pick by the Chicago Bears.
Whitehair was a great addition to the Bears offensive line last season, starting 16 games at the center position. Pro Football Focus was high on the former Wildcat, ranking him as the best Chicago Bear in their week five loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
While the Bears certainly are filled with questions on their offense (mainly at quarterback), they nailed this pick. Cody Whitehair will be a staple at the center position for the Bears for a very long time and he displayed that vote of confidence with a solid rookie season.