NFL drafts 11 K-State players

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K-State's former linebacker Arthur Brown was drafted in the first two rounds by the Baltimore Ravens. (Photo: K-State Sports Information)

Kansas State University's 20-year streak of at least one player being taken in the NFL draft is the second-longest among Big 12 Conference schools, behind only Texas. 

Linebacker Arthur Brown, a Wichita, Kan., native who became the 16th Wildcat ever to be drafted in the first two rounds, was taken by the Baltimore Ravens with the 56th pick overall.

The 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and FWAA First Team All-American, Brown led the team in tackles for a second-straight season with 100 stops, including seven TFLs and one sack in 2012. He also had two interceptions, one against West Virginia and the other he returned for a touchdown a week later against Texas Tech.

Aside from his All-America honors and Big 12 postseason honors, Brown also was a 2012 finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award while also earning his degree from K-State.

K-State's Chris Harper and Braden Wilson also were selected in the NFL Draft, while five other former Wildcats, including Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein, agreed to free agent deals with organizations.

Harper was taken in the fourth round (123rd overall) by Seattle, while Wilson was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round (204th overall). A big and physical receiver, Harper led the team with 58 receptions for 857 yards and three touchdowns a year ago, while Wilson was a mainstay in the backfield as a lead blocker for a Wildcat rushing attack that ranked among the Big 12’s best in each of the last two seasons.

Following a record-setting senior season, Klein agreed to terms with the Houston Texans, along with linebacker Justin Tuggle, while punter Ryan Doerr (Denver), running back Angelo Pease (Green Bay) and tight end Travis Tannahill (Cleveland) have all agreed to free agent deals.

Harper, Wilson, Klein, Doerr and Tannahill earned All-Big 12 accolades in 2012, while all eight players who have either been drafted or inked free agent deals were instrumental in the Wildcats’ rise to a No. 1 national ranking and Big 12 Championship in 2012.

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