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Kansas State’s Jordan Willis still waiting for 2017 NFL Draft call

Rundown of who’s interested, plus women’s golf gets NCAA bid, baseball doubleheader tonight, and more

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Our man J-Dub may be the first name you hear tonight, though.
Our man J-Dub may be the first name you hear tonight, though.
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Yesterday, Kellis Robinett ran down the top 23 draft picks from K-State’s 23-year draft streak. (No, Darren Sproles is not #1. Neither is Jordy Nelson.) Last night, we hoped that Jordan Willis would extend the streak to 24, but were disappointed — especially at the tail end of the first round, when teams kept calling the names of arguably inferior linemen.

But that’s okay, because the streak will absolutely be extended this evening, perhaps even with the first name called. Here is a rundown of teams whose bloggers think their team is ready to pull the pin on Willis, or who a major national writer has indicated might select him:

Of course, just because a team isn’t mentioned above doesn’t mean they’re not interested per se; it just means that their obvious needs are at a position other than edge rusher. Only one blog, whose identity I will suppress in order to avoid you hooligans assaulting them for their perfidy, has actually mentioned a particular edge rusher they want for their team without mentioning Willis.

As for the other Wildcats looking for an opportunity, Desmond Nugent of KOTV, channel 6 in Tulsa, filed a report on former Booker T. Washington star safety Dante Barnett (autoplay, but since the whole point IS the video, we’ll allow it). Later this morning, our own JT VanGilder will drop a pre-draft preview of Barnett as well.

Women’s Basketball

Speaking of drafts, remember the last one? Here’s a very important official video clip from the Dallas Wings:


The BatCats (21-20, 4-11) were scheduled to play a three-game weekend non-conference series with another set of Wildcats from Abilene Christian (12-26, 2-19). They still are, but Saturday’s game has been moved due to the weather forecast. That means it’s Doubleheader Day at Tointon, a perfect opportunity to go catch some baseball in Manhattan. It’s also a perfect opportunity for the BatCats to string together some wins. First pitch is at 2:30 this afternoon, with the second game starting at 6:30; Sunday’s conclusion is set for 1pm.


The women’s golf team sneaks up the pecking order in today’s Slate for one very important reason: they’re headed to the NCAA Tournament, technically. The Wildcats were chosen as the 13th seed in the Athens, Ga. regional May 8-10 at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The six best teams, as well as the three best individuals who aren’t on those six teams, will advance to the national finals at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. May 19-24. For Wildcat Madison Talley, this will be the third shot at reaching the national championships; she was selected as an individual at-large for regionals in both 2015 and 2016, just missing the cut for nationals last year.

Track and Field

The world-famous Drake Relays got underway yesterday in Des Moinesthat city which does not exist, and K-State’s distance runners had a so-so outing. Paige Stratioti took sixth place in the women’s 800m, while both the men’s and women’s 4x1600m relay teams finished in ninth place. In addition to continued competition at Drake today, another small contingent of Wildcats are visiting a Division III campus as they attend the Kip Janvrin Open at Buxton Stadium, on the campus of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.


K-State will conclude its regular season at Burcham Park in Lawrence, taking on that school down the river in the Sunflower Showdown. Races begin at 5:45 this evening.