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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 147 players selected – including five players taken in the first round – from the first NFL Draft in 1936 through the 2019 NFL Draft.[1][2][3] Kansas State has an active streak of having at least one player drafted into the NFL for 26 consecutive years (1994–2019).

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 151 (including one "redshirt" selection in the 1965 AFL Draft), through the 2019 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).


KeyEdit

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 selectedEdit

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Terence Newman was drafted 5th overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2003 NFL Draft.

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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 &10000000000000000000000
1961 6 41 Evans, DaleDale Evans B Denver Broncos also selected in NFL Draft
1961 30 238 Price, CedricCedric Price E Dallas Texans &10000000000000000000000
1963 26 204 Crenshaw, WillisWillis Crenshaw B Buffalo Bills also selected in NFL Draft
1965 redshirt Barlow, RonRon Barlow FB New York Jets &10000000000000000000000
1966 9 74 Matan, BillBill Matan E Miami Dolphins also selected in NFL Draft
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NFL Draft (1936–present)
Year Rnd Pick Overall Player name Position NFL team Notes
1937 3 6 26 Elder, MauriceMaurice Elder B Boston Redskins &10000000000000001000000starter on undefeated 1937 Los Angeles Bulldogs
1937 7 6 66 Holland, RollaRolla Holland G Boston Redskins &10000000000000000000000
1937 9 1 81 Fanning, PaulPaul Fanning T Philadelphia Eagles &10000000000000000000000
1940 11 2 92 Hackney, ElmerElmer Hackney RB Philadelphia Eagles &10000000000000000000000
1940 15 2 142 Crumbaker, DonDon Crumbaker E Philadelphia Eagles &10000000000000000000000
1940 20 3 183 DeBord, BillBill DeBord T Philadelphia Eagles &10000000000000000000000
1941 11 8 98 Weiner, BernieBernie Weiner T Brooklyn Dodgers &10000000000000000000000
1944 13 11 131 Zeleznak, MikeMike Zeleznak B Boston Yanks &10000000000000000000000
1944 24 8 249 Bortka, JackJack Bortka B Chicago Bears &10000000000000000000000
1945 11 2 100 Haury, EarlEarl Haury T Brooklyn Tigers &10000000000000000000000
1945 16 2 155 Ungles, JimJim Ungles B Pittsburgh Steelers &10000000000000000000000
1945 23 8 238 Vargon, MikeMike Vargon E Chicago Bears &10000000000000000000000
1946 31 5 295 Cowan, DaleDale Cowan T Los Angeles Rams &10000000000000000000000
1950 7 9 88 Prather, RollinRollin Prather E Chicago Bears &10000000000000000000000
1953 13 7 152 McShulski, JackJack McShulski E New York Giants &10000000000000000000000
1954 1 4 4 Switzer, VerylVeryl Switzer HB Green Bay Packers &10000000000000000000000
1955 2 6 19 Taylor, CorkyCorky Taylor B Los Angeles Rams &10000000000000000000000
1955 7 7 80 Marciniak, RonRon Marciniak G Washington Redskins &10000000000000000000000
1955 19 12 229 Ebert, TomTom Ebert E Cleveland Browns &10000000000000000000000
1955 25 9 298 Wade, DeweyDewey Wade E San Francisco 49ers &10000000000000000000000
1956 7 8 81 Nery, RonRon Nery T New York Giants &10000000000000001000000AFL All-Pro (1961)
1956 13 12 157 Furey, JimJim Furey C Cleveland Browns &10000000000000000000000
1956 26 5 306 Zickefoose, ChuckChuck Zickefoose E Chicago Cardinals &10000000000000000000000
1956 29 6 343 Rusher, JimJim Rusher E Baltimore Colts &10000000000000000000000
1958 7 10 83 Pfeifer, RalphRalph Pfeifer B Detroit Lions &10000000000000000000000
1958 9 1 98 Keelan, JohnJohn Keelan T Chicago Cardinals &10000000000000000000000
1958 19 6 223 Keady, GeneGene Keady B Pittsburgh Steelers &10000000000000000000000
1958 30 9 358 Stahura, TedTed Stahura T San Francisco 49ers &10000000000000000000000
1959 29 3 339 Stolte, JohnJohn Stolte T Philadelphia Eagles &10000000000000000000000
1960 16 5 185 Littlejohn, JohnJohn Littlejohn B Green Bay Packers &10000000000000000000000
1961 6 8 78 Evans, DaleDale Evans B St. Louis Cardinals &10000000000000000000000
1963 9 2 114 Crenshaw, WillisWillis Crenshaw B St. Louis Cardinals &10000000000000000000000
1964 17 5 229 Provenzano, JoeJoe Provenzano T Detroit Lions &10000000000000000000000
1965 16 4 214 Dusenbury, DougDoug Dusenbury K Pittsburgh Steelers &10000000000000000000000
1965 20 5 271 Barlow, DonDon Barlow T Dallas Cowboys &10000000000000000000000
1966 8 8 118 Matan, BillBill Matan WR New York Giants &10000000000000000000000
1966 18 11 271 Jones, WillieWillie Jones DT St. Louis Cardinals &10000000000000000000000
1968 16 13 421 Lankas, DanDan Lankas LB St. Louis Cardinals &10000000000000000000000
1969 5 17 121 Davis, CorneliusCornelius Davis RB Minnesota Vikings &10000000000000000000000
1969 8 9 191 Brown, LarryLarry Brown* RB Washington Redskins &10000000000000003000000NFL MVP (1972)
Pro Bowl (1969, 70, 71, 72)
Washington Redskins Ring of Fame
1969 11 14 280 Jones, DaveDave Jones WR Washington Redskins &10000000000000000000000
1969 15 14 378 Coble, BobBob Coble P Chicago Bears &10000000000000000000000
1970 4 1 79 Larson, LynnLynn Larson T Chicago Bears &10000000000000000000000
1970 6 2 132 Barrera, ManuelManuel Barrera LB Pittsburgh Steelers &10000000000000000000000
1970 6 13 143 Herron, MackMack Herron RB Atlanta Falcons &10000000000000000000000
1970 8 8 190 Gordon, IraIra Gordon T Philadelphia Eagles &10000000000000000000000
1970 12 6 292 Collins, CharlesCharles Collins WR St. Louis Cardinals &10000000000000000000000
1970 16 26 416 Ross, RandyRandy Ross LB Kansas City Chiefs &10000000000000000000000
1971 1 14 14 Scott, ClarenceClarence Scott* DB Cleveland Browns &10000000000000001000000Pro Bowl (1973)
1971 3 4 56 Dickey, LynnLynn Dickey QB Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
1971 3 13 65 Montgomery, MikeMike Montgomery RB San Diego Chargers &10000000000000000000000
1971 5 10 114 Shaternick, DeanDean Shaternick T San Francisco 49ers &10000000000000000000000
1971 7 22 178 Dickerson, RonRon Dickerson DB Miami Dolphins &10000000000000000000000
1971 8 17 199 Yankowski, RonRon Yankowski RB St. Louis Cardinals &10000000000000000000000
1971 13 19 331 Harrison, RussellRussell Harrison RB Los Angeles Rams &10000000000000000000000
1972 5 7 111 Butler, BillBill Butler RB New Orleans Saints &10000000000000000000000
1972 7 3 159 Colquitt, JoeJoe Colquitt DE Pittsburgh Steelers &10000000000000000000000
1972 8 12 194 Lattimore, MarionMarion Lattimore G New York Jets &10000000000000000000000
1972 8 13 195 Beyrle, SteveSteve Beyrle G New England Patriots &10000000000000000000000
1972 11 2 262 Robertson, JohnJohn Robertson DB New York Giants &10000000000000000000000
1973 13 25 336 Fergerson, RickRick Fergerson WR Pittsburgh Steelers &10000000000000000000000
1973 14 19 357 Morrison, DennisDennis Morrison QB San Francisco 49ers &10000000000000000000000
1974 5 5 109 Childs, HenryHenry Childs* TE Atlanta Falcons &10000000000000001000000Pro Bowl (1979)
New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame
1974 7 10 167 Cullars, WillieWillie Cullars DE Philadelphia Eagles &10000000000000000000000
1974 10 14 249 Calhoun, DonDon Calhoun RB Buffalo Bills &10000000000000000000000
1974 11 10 271 Brittain, BillBill Brittain C Philadelphia Eagles &10000000000000000000000
1974 13 12 325 Rothwell, FredFred Rothwell C Detroit Lions &10000000000000000000000
1974 15 12 377 Wells, JohnJohn Wells G Detroit Lions &10000000000000000000000
1974 15 20 385 Jackson, IsaacIsaac Jackson RB Cincinnati Bengals &10000000000000000000000
1975 5 12 116 Grogan, SteveSteve Grogan QB New England Patriots &10000000000000000000000
1975 16 10 401 Tuttle, JohnJohn Tuttle WR Cincinnati Bengals &10000000000000000000000
1975 16 15 406 Chaves, LesLes Chaves DB Detroit Lions &10000000000000000000000
1978 3 2 58 Spani, GaryGary Spani LB Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame
1979 5 6 116 Manucci, DanDan Manucci QB Buffalo Bills &10000000000000000000000
1979 12 3 306 Green, CharlieCharlie Green WR Baltimore Colts &10000000000000000000000
1980 11 3 280 Whitley, EddyEddy Whitley TE Baltimore Colts &10000000000000000000000
1981 5 19 130 Clark, StevanStevan Clark DT New England Patriots &10000000000000000000000
1982 3 11 66 Goodlow, EugeneEugene Goodlow WR New Orleans Saints CFL All Star (1981)
1986 10 28 277 Hundley, BartonBarton Hundley DB Chicago Bears &10000000000000000000000
1986 11 12 289 Stone, TimTim Stone T Cincinnati Bengals &10000000000000000000000
1988 5 23 132 Jordan, TonyTony Jordan RB Phoenix Cardinals &10000000000000000000000
1990 6 10 147 Henry, MauriceMaurice Henry LB Detroit Lions &10000000000000000000000
1992 5 6 118 Green, RogerickRogerick Green DB Tampa Bay Buccaneers &10000000000000000000000
1992 7 11 179 Campbell, RussRuss Campbell TE Pittsburgh Steelers &10000000000000000000000
1992 10 2 254 Alexander, ElijahElijah Alexander LB Tampa Bay Buccaneers &10000000000000000000000
1994 2 18 47 Randolph, ThomasThomas Randolph DB New York Giants &10000000000000000000000
1995 2 26 58 Brooks, BarrettBarrett Brooks T Philadelphia Eagles &10000000000000002000000Super Bowl Champion (XL)
1995 4 13 111 May, ChadChad May QB Minnesota Vikings &10000000000000000000000
1996 4 10 105 Gaskins, PercellPercell Gaskins LB St. Louis Rams &10000000000000000000000
1997 1 29 29 Canty, ChrisChris Canty DB New England Patriots &10000000000000000000000
1997 2 17 47 Lockett, KevinKevin Lockett WR Kansas City Chiefs &10000000000000000000000
1998 2 17 47 Weiner, ToddTodd Weiner T Seattle Seahawks &10000000000000000000000
1999 3 29 80 Gramática, MartínMartín Gramática K Tampa Bay Buccaneers &10000000000000002000000Pro Bowl (2000)
Super Bowl Champion (XXXVII)
1999 6 29 198 Kelly, JeffJeff Kelly LB Atlanta Falcons &10000000000000000000000
1999 7 17 223 Young, RyanRyan Young T New York Jets &10000000000000000000000
1999 7 21 227 Bishop, MichaelMichael Bishop QB New England Patriots &10000000000000000000000
1999 7 30 238 Swift, JustinJustin Swift TE Denver Broncos &10000000000000000000000
1999 7 34 240 McDonald, DarnellDarnell McDonald WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers &10000000000000000000000
2000 2 2 33 Howard, DarrenDarren Howard DE New Orleans Saints &10000000000000000000000
2000 3 5 67 Simoneau, MarkMark Simoneau LB Atlanta Falcons &10000000000000002000000Super Bowl Champion (XLIV)
2000 3 21 83 McIntosh, DamionDamion McIntosh T San Diego Chargers &10000000000000000000000
2000 5 17 146 Chapman, LamarLamar Chapman DB Cleveland Browns &10000000000000000000000
2000 6 4 170 Murphy, FrankFrank Murphy RB Chicago Bears &10000000000000000000000
2001 2 2 33 Morgan, QuincyQuincy Morgan WR Cleveland Browns &10000000000000002000000Super Bowl Champion (XL)
2001 3 28 90 Meier, ShadShad Meier TE Tennessee Titans &10000000000000000000000
2001 4 11 107 Beisel, MontyMonty Beisel LB Kansas City Chiefs &10000000000000000000000
2001 5 2 133 Fatafehi, MarioMario Fatafehi DT Arizona Cardinals &10000000000000000000000
2001 5 11 143 Cooper, JarrodJarrod Cooper DB Carolina Panthers &10000000000000000000000
2001 5 12 145 Butler, JerametriusJerametrius Butler DB St. Louis Rams &10000000000000000000000
2002 2 25 57 McGraw, JonJon McGraw DB New York Jets &10000000000000000000000
2002 3 6 71 Leber, BenBen Leber LB San Diego Chargers &10000000000000000000000
2002 6 1 173 Faggins, DeMarcusDeMarcus Faggins DB Houston Texans &10000000000000000000000
2002 6 13 185 Scobey, JoshJosh Scobey RB Arizona Cardinals UFL Champion (2009)
2002 7 43 254 Lockett, AaronAaron Lockett WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers &10000000000000000000000
2002 7 46 257 Cartwright, RockRock Cartwright RB Washington Redskins &10000000000000000000000
2003 1 5 5 Newman, TerenceTerence Newman* DB Dallas Cowboys &10000000000000001000000Pro Bowl (2007, 2009)
2003 2 19 51 Pierce, TerryTerry Pierce LB Denver Broncos &10000000000000000000000
2003 5 20 155 Williams, MelvinMelvin Williams DE New Orleans Saints &10000000000000000000000
2003 7 10 224 Wallace, TacoTaco Wallace WR Seattle Seahawks &10000000000000000000000
2004 6 2 167 Leckey, NickNick Leckey C Arizona Cardinals &10000000000000002000000Super Bowl Champion (XLIV)
2004 7 3 236 Washington, RashadRashad Washington DB New York Jets &10000000000000000000000
2005 4 29 130 Sproles, DarrenDarren Sproles RB San Diego Chargers &10000000000000002000000Super Bowl Champion (LII)
Pro Bowl (2014, 2015)
2006 6 18 187 Clary, JeromeyJeromey Clary T San Diego Chargers &10000000000000000000000
2007 3 10 74 Figurs, YamonYamon Figurs WR Baltimore Ravens &10000000000000000000000
2007 6 12 186 Clayton, ThomasThomas Clayton RB San Francisco 49ers &10000000000000000000000
2007 7 8 218 Diles, ZacZac Diles LB Houston Texans &10000000000000000000000
2008 2 5 36 Nelson, JordyJordy Nelson WR Green Bay Packers &10000000000000002000000Super Bowl Champion (XLV)
Pro Bowl (2015)
2008 7 39 242 Jackson, RobRob Jackson DE Washington Redskins &10000000000000000000000
2009 1 17 17 Freeman, JoshJosh Freeman QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers &10000000000000000000000
2010 5 10 141 Moore, JoshJosh Moore DB Chicago Bears &10000000000000000000000
2011 2 30 62 Thomas, DanielDaniel Thomas RB Miami Dolphins &10000000000000000000000
2012 7 22 229 Brown, BryceBryce Brown RB Philadelphia Eagles &10000000000000000000000
2013 2 24 56 Brown, ArthurArthur Brown LB Baltimore Ravens &10000000000000000000000
2013 4 25 123 Harper, ChrisChris Harper WR Seattle Seahawks &10000000000000000000000
2013 6 35 204 Wilson, BradenBraden Wilson FB Kansas City Chiefs &10000000000000000000000
2014 6 26 202 Rooks, TavonTavon Rooks OT New Orleans Saints &10000000000000000000000
2015 3 5 69 Lockett, TylerTyler Lockett* WR Seattle Seahawks &10000000000000002000000Pro Bowl (2016)
NFL All-Pro (2015)
2015 6 20 196 Evans, RandallRandall Evans DB Philadelphia Eagles &10000000000000000000000
2016 2 25 56 Whitehair, CodyCody Whitehair* OL Chicago Bears &10000000000000002000000Pro Bowl (2019)
2017 3 9 73 Willis, JordanJordan Willis DE Cincinnati Bengals &10000000000000000000000
2017 7 14 232 Lee, ElijahElijah Lee LB Minnesota Vikings &10000000000000000000000
2018 5 5 142 Reed, D.J.D.J. Reed DB San Francisco 49ers &10000000000000000000000
2019 2 9 41 Risner, DaltonDalton Risner OT Denver Broncos &10000000000000000000000
2019 6 32 205 Shelley, DukeDuke Shelley DB Chicago Bears &10000000000000000000000

Notable undrafted playersEdit

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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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