Four Wildcats sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents

K-State linebacker, Elijah Sullivan, pumps up the crowd late into the fourth quarter. K-State faced off against West Virginia at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Nov. 16, 2019. The Mountaineers defeated the Wildcats 20-24. (File photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

After former defensive end Wyatt Hubert heard his name called in the seventh round of the weekend’s NFL draft, the NFL didn’t select anymore former Kansas State football players.

That is not the only way into the league, though.

Four former K-State players signed undrafted free agent agreements with NFL teams and will get a shot to make their respective teams at summer camps in July.

Former Wildcat defensive back AJ Parker signed with the Detroit Lions. Parker contributed at K-State his whole career after redshirting in 2016. He started four games as a freshman and made 33 total starts at K-State.

In last years abbreviated season, Parker had the sixth most tackles on the team and had an interception return for a touchdown.

Former tight end Briley Moore, who transferred from Northern Iowa last season, signed with the Tennessee Titans.

Moore was an impact player in his one season at K-State. He had 22 catches for 338 yards — both second on the team — and three touchdowns for the Wildcats and received votes for Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

Former linebacker Elijah Sullivan will head to San Francisco to join the 49ers. The Tucker, Georgia, native spent a sixth season in Manhattan after receiving a medical hardship waiver for the injury that knocked him out of the 2018 season. He’ll join former Wildcat Jordan Willis in San Fransico.

Sullivan was the 2019 Liberty Bowl Defensive MVP and was honorable mention on the 2020 All-Big 12 team.

Defensive back Kiondre Thomas, who grad transferred in from Minnesota last season, will join former Wildcats Elijah Lee and Matt McCrane with the Cleveland Browns.

He started the last four games of last year’s season.

NFL teams are free to consider signing as many undrafted free agents as they want as they continue through the offseason, meaning there are still chances for K-State to place more players on NFL rosters. Most sign immediately after the draft.

Nathan Enserro
Hi! I'm Nathan Enserro, a graduate student from Olathe, Kansas, working on a Masters in Mass Communication. I graduated in spring 2020 with a Bachelor's of Science in strategic communications from K-State. This is my fourth year covering K-State sports for the Collegian.