Yesterday was round two and three of the 2017 NFL Draft. And though Jordan Willis was expected to go early, as Jon Morse reports he ended up falling all the way to the Cincinnati Bengals with the 9th pick in the 3rd round (73rd overall). The Bengals have had some recent success with former Wildcats, as Terence Newman and Emmanuel Lamur were both key players for the club from 2012 until both left for the Minnesota Vikings, Newman in 2015 and Lamur last season.
There’s plenty of other stories from around the web on the selection. Our buddies over at SBNation’s Cincy Jungle profile the pick, and based on the poll results and the comments, Bengals fans are extremely excited for this pick (as they should be). Jim Owczarski at Cincinatti.com has his analysis of Willis and the pick, and from the K-State beat Kellis Robinett at the Wichita Eagle has his report of the pick.
Rounds 4-7 begin at 11am GOTZ, and several other Wildcats will be hoping to have their name called. Elijah Lee is the most likely, as Gracey Terrill reports in her outlook for Lee he’s gotten interest from all over the NFL. Dante Barnett is also hoping to hear his name called, and he’s definitely proved himself again and again on and off the field. Other Wildcats hoping to hear their name called from the big stage today are Charmeachealle Moore and Deante Burton, who, like Barnett, are more likely to go late if they do go. Also, there is potential for Wildcats Donnie Starks, Terrale Johnson, and Charles Jones to earn un-drafted free agent deals, or at least invites to training camps later this summer.
The BatCats continued their winning ways on Friday as they took the first two games, and the series, from Abilene Christian. The Cats were down early in the first game, but stormed back thanks in large part to a bases-clearing triple from Josh Either in the 7th inning to top the other Wildcats 6-5 in game one. Game two was far easier for the home Cats as K-State plated 6 runs in the first inning and four more in the 4th on their way to a blow-out 11-1 win. The Wildcats improved to 23-20 (4-12) with the victory, and the teams will take today off as rain moves through the area before finishing up on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm at Tointon Family Stadium.