This is a feature in which I track the progress of former Wildcats such as Tyler Lockett and Darren Sproles in the ranks of professional football.
This feature still is restricted to National Football League performances for now due to my time constraints, but expanding it to other professional leagues such as the Canadian Football League and Arena Football remains a future possibility.
Players are ordered by position, but inactive players are listed at the bottom. I hope that helps people to find the performances they're seeking more easily.
WR — Seattle Seahawks
K-Stater from 2011 to 2014
Drafted by the Seahawks in 2015
A third-round selection in this year’s draft, Lockett totaled another 100-yard all-purpose game, but it wasn’t enough as Seattle fell last Sunday night at Green Bay, 27-17.
Lockett recorded two catches for 17 yards, returned a pair of punts for 22 yards and four kickoffs for 79 yards.
Lockett’s 271 all-purpose yards through two weeks is tied for sixth in the league, while he ranks fourth with a 22.5-yard kickoff return average among players with five or more returns. The Seahawks were 0-2 before today.
OL — Detroit Lions
K-Stater from 2009 to 2013
Signed by the Lions in 2014
Lucas, an undrafted rookie free agent signed by Detroit last year, started his second-straight game at right tackle in the Lions’ 26-16 loss last Sunday at Minnesota.
Lucas played in 15 games and made three starts during the regular season in 2014, while he also started the Lions’ playoff game at Dallas. Detroit was 0-2 to start the 2015 season.
RB — Philadelphia Eagles
K-Stater from 2001 to 2004
Drafted by the Chargers in 2005
Sproles, now playing in his 11th NFL season and his second with Philadelphia, recorded 39 all-purpose yards in the Eagles’ 20-10 home loss last Sunday to Dallas.
He carded 23 receiving yards on four catches, 20 yards on two punt returns and minus-4 yards on one carry as Philadelphia only could muster 7 total rushing yards in the game.
In his 10-plus seasons, Sproles has accumulated 16,922 career all-purpose yards to rank 16th in NFL history and second among active players. The Eagles were 0-2 to begin the year.
LB — Baltimore Ravens
K-Stater from 2010 to 2012
Drafted by the Ravens in 2013
Brown, who is beginning his third year in Baltimore, played in the Ravens’ 37-33 loss last Sunday at Oakland, but did not record any statistics.
A second-round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown has played in 18 career games with 15 tackles. Baltimore still is in search of its first win of the season.
On a side note, Arthur's brother, Bryce Brown, was released by the Buffalo Bills earlier this month.
LB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 2009 to 2011
Signed by the Bengals in 2012
Lamur, an undrafted rookie free agent signed by Cincinnati in 2012, came away with two tackles and recovered a fumble on a muffed punt in the Bengals’ 24-19 win last Sunday over San Diego.
In three years, Lamur has totaled 115 tackles, eight passes defended and two interceptions. Cincinnati was one of nine NFL teams to be undefeated through two weeks of play.
CB — Minnesota Vikings
K-Stater from 1998 to 2002
Drafted by the Cowboys in 2003
Newman, playing in his 13th NFL season, made a pair of tackles and a pass breakup in Minnesota’s 26-16 win last Sunday over Detroit.
It was Newman’s 176th career game played, including his 174rd career start, as he plays for his third team (Dallas: 2003-11, Cincinnati: 2012-14). Minnesota started 1-1 on the year.
Newman now has 750 tackles, two sacks, 148 passes defended and 37 interceptions in his career.
LB — Houston Texans
K-Stater from 2011 to 2012
Signed by the Texans in 2013
Tuggle, an undrafted rookie free agent signed by Houston prior to the 2013 season, recorded four tackles, one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery in Houston’s 24-17 loss last Sunday at Carolina. Houston started 0-2.
His fumble recovery came after an interception when defensive back Rahim Moore dropped the ball on a return.
In his two-plus year career, Tuggle has made 59 tackles, two passes defended and recorded one interception.
DB — Philadelphia Eagles
K-Stater from 2010 to 2014
Drafted by the Eagles in 2015
A 2015 sixth-round draft pick by Philadelphia, Evans is on the Eagles’ practice squad. Philadelphia lost at home last Sunday to Dallas, 20-10. The Eagles are winless in their first two games.
WR — New York Giants
K-Stater from 2010 to 2012
Drafted by the Seahawks in 2013
A 2013 draft pick by Seattle who also has played for San Francisco and Green Bay, Harper is on injured reserve for the New York Giants. New York fell at home to Atlanta, 24-20, last Sunday. The Giants started 0-2 this season.
LB — San Diego Chargers
K-Stater from 2010 to 2014
Signed by the Chargers in 2015
Mueller, an undrafted free agent signed by San Diego in 2015, is on the Chargers’ practice squad. San Diego lost at Cincinnati last Sunday, 24-19, to fall to 1-1 on the year.
WR — Green Bay Packers
K-Stater from 2003 to 2007
Drafted by the Packers in 2008
A Pro Bowler in 2014, Nelson will be out for the entire 2015 season after suffering an injury during the preseason.
Nelson has totaled 400 receptions for 6,109 yards and 49 touchdowns in his seven-year career, including a 98-reception, 1,519-yard, 13-touchdown effort in 2014.
Green Bay topped Seattle last Sunday night, 27-17, to improve to 2-0.