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Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 2001 Draft

K-State's NFL draft streak reached 25 years in a row with the selection of DJ Reed by the San Francisco 49ers in the 5th round yesterday.  Today I look back on the draft class of 2001 where six K-State players were chosen.  This draft class was made up of Quincy Morgan, Shad Meier, Monty Beisel, Mario Fatafehi, Jarrod Cooper, and Jerametrius Butler. Wide receiver Quincy Morgan was drafted in the 2nd round, number 33 overall, by the Cleveland Browns.  He played six years in the NFL for four teams: the Browns, the Dallas Cowboys, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Denver Broncos.  He won a Super Bowl in 2006 playing for the Steelers.  He played in 86 games in his career, starting 52.  His best season was in 2002 with Cleveland when he had 56 catches for 964 yards and seven touchdowns.  His stats, according to Pro Football Reference , are below: I enjoyed watching this video of Jonathan Beasley throwing a 90 yard touchdown to Morgan against KU: Here's an interview with

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 2000 Draft

  K-State's draft streak continued in 2000 when five players were selected. Darren Howard, Mark Simoneau, Damion McIntosh, Lamar Chapman and Frank Murphy comprised the draft class. Defensive End Darren Howard was drafted in the 2nd round, number 33 overall, by the New Orleans Saints.  He had a 10 year NFL career, playing six years with the Saints and four years with the Philadelphia Eagles.  He played in 145 games, starting 93, and had 67 sacks, which ranks him as number 93 all-time in the NFL.  His stats, according to Pro Football Reference, are below: Darren is currently the owner of 551 Properties in the Tampa, Florida area. Linebacker Mark Simoneau was drafted in the 3rd round, number 67 overall, by the Atlanta Falcons.  He played nine seasons in the NFL with the Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs.  He played in 124 games, starting 67 of them.  He won a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2010 and played in another

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 1999 Draft

The 1999 NFL Draft was the 6th year of K-State's draft streak.  K-State had six players selected in the 1999 draft, the most K-State players ever selected in a seven round draft.  This draft class was comprised of Martin Gramatica, Jeff Kelly, Ryan Young, Michael Bishop, Justin Swift and Darnell McDonald. Kicker Martin Gramatica was selected in the third round, number 80 overall, by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  He played nine years in the NFL, playing for the Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, and New Orleans Saints. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2000 while playing for the Buccaneers and also helped the Buccaneers win Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003.  His career stats according to Pro Football Reference are below:  Martin now owns a construction company with his two brothers, which was initially started as a charity to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Jeff Kelly was involved in the tackle in this famous K-State photo. Linebacker Je

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 1998 Draft

The K-State NFL draft streak continued in 1998 when offensive lineman Todd Weiner was drafted in the second round, number 47 overall, by the Seattle Seahawks.  Todd played four seasons for the Seahawks before being picked up by the Atlanta Falcons, where he played the final seven years of his career. For his career, Todd played in 152 games, starting 116 of them.  He mostly played right tackle.  The only exception is his final season, when he replaced the Falcons injured starting left tackle in the lineup. His career stats, according to Pro Football Reference , are below: I found an article from 2009 announcing Todd's retirement from the league.  He received high praise from Falcons coach Mike Smith: "Todd Weiner epitomizes toughness, grit and everything a championship caliber football player should be," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "As good of a player as Todd was for the Falcons, he was an even better person in our community through a variety of

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 1997 Draft

1997 was the fourth year of the draft streak.  K-State had two players drafted in the 1997 NFL draft, defensive back Chris Canty, who declared for the draft after his junior year, and wide receiver Kevin Lockett. Chris Canty was drafted in the first round, number 29 overall, by the New England Patriots.  He was the first K-Stater to be drafted in the first round since Veryl Switzer in 1954! That's a 43 year drought!  Chris played four years in the NFL.  He played his first two years for New England, one for the Seattle Seahawks and in his fourth year he split time between the Seahawks and New Orleans Saints.  For his career he played in 61 games, starting 12 of them.  His stats according to Pro Football Reference are below. Things didn't quite work out for Chris in the NFL, as he finished his career playing for the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League in 2005 and the Rio Grande Valley Dorados of the Arena League from 2006-2008. Canty was recently named the Patri

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 1996 Draft

1996 was the third year of K-State's draft streak.  Linebacker Percell Gaskins was the only K-State player selected in 1996, going in the fourth round, number 105 overall, to the St. Louis Rams. Percell played in 15 games for the Rams in 1997 with one start, his only season in St. Louis.  For the season he recorded 21 tackles and had one fumble recovery.  He was waived after the season and was picked up by the Carolina Panthers.  He played 12 games for the Carolina Panthers in 1998, recording three tackles.  His NFL stats from FoxSports are below: Gaskins also ran track at K-State and was the 1993 indoor high jump national champion. I found an archived Sports Illustrated article featuring Gaskins from August 30th, 1993: .  Pretty interesting looking back at what people were saying about him at the time. Next up:  1997.

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 1995 Draft

K-State's draft streak hit year number two in 1995 with two players drafted, Barrett Brooks and Chad May. Barrett Brooks was a 6'5", 325 pound tackle drafted in the second round, number 58 overall, by the Philadelphia Eagles.  He played 12 years in the NFL, playing in 118 games overall and starting 62 of those games.  His time in the NFL included four years with the Eagles, two with the Lions, one with the Packers, one with the Giants and four with the Steelers, which included a Super Bowl Championship in 2006.  Brooks had a pretty successful career after playing at K-State. Chad May, K-State's starting quarterback in 1993 and 1994, was drafted in the fourth round, number 111 overall, by the Minnesota Vikings.  He was a backup for the Vikings for a year and was signed by the Arizona Cardinals the following year.  He never saw the field in regular season NFL action.  After being released by the Cardinals he played a year with the Frankfurt Galaxy of the now de

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 1994

Kansas State football has had a player drafted in the NFL draft every year for the last 24 years, which is the longest active streak in the Big 12.  I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the players drafted each year during the streak to see how things turned out for them. The streak started in 1994 when defensive back Thomas Randolph was drafted in the second round, number 47 overall, by the New York Giants.  Thomas played for the Giants for four years.  He  played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1998 and then for the Indianapolis Colts in 1999, his last season in the NFL.  During his six year career he recorded 193 tackles and six interceptions.  His stats according to are below: Not a bad career.  He started all 16 games in 1995 and played in at least 15 games each of his six years in the league. I found an article about Randolph from his rookie year with the Giants from the New York Times archives online . Up next:  1995.

Austin Trice commits to K-State Basketball

K-State received a commitment yesterday from Austin Trice, a 6'7", 230 pound Juco power forward from Wabash Valley Community College in Mount Carmel, Illinois.  He averaged 12.6 points and 12.1 rebounds a game and is a monster rebounder, which is exactly what the Wildcats need.  K-State was one of the worst rebounding teams in the country last season and this does nothing but help. Here is a video showing some of his skills: I think it's safe to say he will do nothing but help K-State immediately.  The athleticism and nose for the ball are quite apparent.  This is an exciting pick up for K-State and Bruce Weber!

Spring Game Two Weeks Away

The K-State football game is two weeks from today, April 21st.  Athlon Sports posted a nice preview of spring ball.  Can't wait to see some football.  I'm suffering some severe withdrawals with the end of college basketball season.

Throwback K-State Football Video of the Day

Michael Bishop to Darnell McDonald touchdown pass during the K-State/Nebraska game in Manhattan in 1998.

Barry Brown will test the NBA draft waters

Barry Brown declared for the NBA draft tonight but will not hire an agent.  This will allow him to retain all eligibility and return to school for his senior season should he choose to do so. It's probably a smart thing to go through the process and let the NBA tell him where he stands and what he needs to work on in order to have a good opportunity to get drafted next year.

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