'06 NFL Draft Watch: Kansas State

A constant visitor to the post season, Kansas State suffered its worst campaign since 1989 last year. The prospects for this season are not much better. The Wildcats have several solid middle round prospects for the 2006 draft.  

Scouting the Big 12: Kansas State

Offensive tackle Jeromey Clary is a nice sized blocker and solid blindside protector.  Patient in pass protection, he plays with leverage and makes outstanding use of blocking angles.  Getting movement from run blocks, Clary easily controls opponents at the point of attack.  Best in pass protection, Clary is an average run blocker and not a true finisher.  A finesse blocker, he must pick up the physical nature of his game but has potential as a first day pick.  Victor Mann is an aggressive lead blocker who clears lanes for ball carriers.  Displaying excellent blocking vision, he is a throwback at the fullback position and offers minimal impact as an offensive player.  Receiver Yamon Figurs is an explosive pass catcher who picks up a lot of yardage after the reception and is a deep threat.  Lacking classic size, Figurs is a fourth receiver at the next level who must learn to return punts.  

Kansas State usually offers undersized yet speedy pass rushers who create havoc on opposing quarterbacks and Scott Edmonds is the next in line.  Quick off the snap, Edmonds is fast and plays with terrific leverage.  Making plays up and down the line of scrimmage, he quickly changes direction and displays an array of moves getting off blocks.  Not strong at the point, Edmonds is easily blocked by a single opponent and looks like a backup right defensive end.  Senior Derek Marso is another explosive player up front who could fit in as a three-technique lineman or be used in a system that rotates the front four.  The top prospect on defense is junior linebacker Brandon Archer.  A fast athlete with ability in space, Archer pursues to the play with speed and is explosive in all his actions.  Cutting off the corners from opposing ball carriers, he also does a solid job reading and diagnosing the action.  Archer should be a top prospect for 2007 though he has size limitations. 

Kansas State Prospect List

 Name Pos # Year
Brandon Archer OLB 46 4Jr
Jeromey Clary T 66 4Sr
Scott Edmonds DE 91 5Sr
Yamon Figurs WR 17 4Jr
Victor Mann FB 42 5Sr
Derek Marso DT 95 5Sr


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