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Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 2008 Draft

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The K-State draft streak continued in 2008 with two Wildcats selected: Jordy Nelson and Rob Jackson. Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson was selected in the 2nd round, number 36 overall, by the Green Bay Packers.  Jordy has had a very successful NFL career thus far, winning a Super Bowl with the Packers in 2011 and being selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015.  He has played in 136 games in his career with 88 starts.  He had 15 receiving touchdowns in 2011, which is his career high for touchdowns, and had 1,519 yards receiving in 2014, which is his career high for receiving yards.  His NFL stats are below: Jordy was cut by the Packers in March after playing ten years for them and signed a two year contract with the Oakland Raiders . Defensive End Rob Jackson was drafted in the seventh round, number 242 overall, by the Washington Redskins.  Rob played six seasons for the Redskins, eventually being moved to outside linebacker.  He played in 54 NFL games, starting 15 of them.  His last year

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 2007 Draft

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K-State's NFL draft streak continued in 2007 with three Wildcats selected:  Yamon Figurs, Thomas Clayton and Zac Diles. Yamon Figurs was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 3rd round, number 74 overall, by the Baltimore Ravens.  He turned heads at the NFL draft combine by running a 4.30 40 yard dash.  Yamon spent most of his time as a punt and kickoff return specialist for the Ravens.  His NFL stats are below: Figurs was cut by the Ravens after two seasons and was signed and released by multiple NFL teams including the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans before ending up in the CFL and playing there for a couple years.  He last saw action in the CFL in 2013. After retiring from football, Yamon started a personal training company called Yamon Figures F16 fitness in West Palm Beach, Florida. Thomas Clayton was drafted in the 6th round, number 186 overall, by the San Francisco 49ers.  He led the NFL in preseaso

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 2006 Draft

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The Kansas State Football draft streak continued in 2006 when tackle Jeromey Clary was drafted in the 6th round, number 187 overall, by the San Diego Chargers.  Jeromey played eight seasons in the NFL, all with the Chargers, playing in 103 games and starting 93 of them. Jeromey spent his first season on the practice squad and got his shot at the starting lineup in 2007 when he replaced an injured player.  He never looked back, becoming and staying a starter for the Chargers until his retirement.  He had a hip injury that caused him to miss the entire 2014 season and he was forced to retire in 2015. A neat tidbit from his retirement announcement is that one of his career highlights was a touchdown run by Darren Sproles: “That playoff game against Indy when (Darren) Sproles had that 30-iso he took to the house, that’s probably one of the greatest feelings I ever had in my life. It’s not only because we won the game, but also because of the way our stadium reacted. It was an intoxi

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 2005 Draft

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Darren Sproles was the only K-State player selected in the 2005 NFL draft, year 11 of the streak.  He was drafted in the 4th round, number 130 overall, by the San Diego Chargers.  He has played 13 seasons in the NFL with the Chargers, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles.  He won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2018, although he finished the season with an injury and couldn't play in the game.  He was selected to Pro Bowls in 2014 and 2015. You can view his NFL stats here .  He has not only played running back, but has been a punt and kickoff return specialist as well.  He currently ranks as number eight ALL TIME on the NFL all purpose yardage list.  Everyone else in the top 10 is in the Hall of Fame with the exception of Brian Mitchell. Here's a 73 yard touchdown catch by Sproles last season by Carson Wentz versus the Steelers: And here's a video compilation of Sproles' career highlights: Up next:  2006!

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 2004 Draft

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The K-State football NFL draft streak continued in 2004 with two players selected.  Nick Leckey and Rashad Washington comprised this draft class. Center Nick Leckey was drafted in the 6th round, number 167 overall, by the Arizona Cardinals.  He played six seasons in the NFL for the Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints.  He played in 65 games in his career, starting 32 of them.  He won a Super Bowl ring with the Saints in 2010.  His NFL stats are below: Here's a little blurb about Leckey from K-State's website , which talks about how he went back to school after his NFL career to get his degree.  Nick is currently in sales for Boston Scientific in the Kansas City area. Defensive back Rashad Washington was drafted 7th round, number 236 overall, by the New York Jets.  He played four seasons for the Jets, playing in 47 games.  His career stats are below: After being released by the Jets, Rashad played a few seasons in the arena league, eventually beco

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 2003 Draft

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K-State's draft streak continued in 2003 with four players selected.  Terence Newman, Terry Pierce, Melvin Williams and Taco Wallace comprised the 2003 draft class. Cornerback Terence Newman was drafted in the first round, number five overall, by the Dallas Cowboys.  Newman is the second highest K-State draft pick in history behind only Veryl Switzer, who was drafted as the number four overall pick in 1954.  Newman has played 15 years in the NFL and just signed a one year contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Newman says this will be his last season in the league.  Newman was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2009.  He has played in 221 games in his career, starting 205 of them.  His career stats, according to Pro Football Reference , are below: Newman is about to enter his 16th season in the league, which is an outstanding accomplishment for a defensive back. Linebacker Terry Pierce was drafted in the 2nd round, number 51 overall, by the Denver Broncos.  He played t

Kansas State Football NFL Draft Streak - 2002 Draft

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K-State's draft streak continued in 2002 with six players selected.  Jon McGraw, Ben Leber, DeMarcus Faggins, Josh Scobey, Aaron Lockett, and Rock Cartwright comprised this draft class. Safety Jon McGraw was drafted in the 2nd round, number 57 overall, by the New York Jets.  McGraw had a 10 year NFL career with the Jets, Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs.  He played in 122 games, starting 36 of them.  His stats, according to Pro Football Reference , are below: Jon is currently co-founder of Vision Pursue in Overland Park, Kansas.  Here's a little blurb about the company: After retiring from a ten-year career in the NFL, I realized that pursuing my dreams had been anything but “a dream.” I played for both my childhood favorite team—the K-State Wildcats—and the KC Chiefs…but I spent most of that time working a “dream job” that was a stressful and unfulfilling means to an end. For a while, all that stress and anxiety was a good motivator, but ultimately it cost m

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