Kansas State NFL Draft preview



Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE

Player Overview: Anudike-Uzomah has the size to be a successful pass-rusher in the NFL, possessing a high motor. Anudike-Uzomah played on the interior and exterior defensive line as both a pass-rusher and a run-stuffer for Kansas State. His versatility adds to his draft value, but NFL teams are likely more interested in his pass-rushing abilities. He may not start right away, but Anudike-Uzomah could become a productive starter with more development.

Scheme Fit: 3-4 defensive schemes, teams that can develop pass rush linebackers 

Predicted teams: Packers, Rams, Ravens 

Predicted round: Early to mid-2nd round  


Deuce Vaughn, RB  

Player Overview: Vaughn is a high-value running back with only his size limiting his draft range. In his three years at K-State, Vaughn produced two All-American seasons, ranking near the highest among his fellow running back prospects. Vaughn’s size leaves his pass-blocking and his every-down usage up for question, lowering his draft stock. Even so, his feel for the game should still get him on an NFL field.

Scheme Fit: Special teams, third down/passing downs

Predicted teams: Chiefs, Panthers, Dolphins 

Predicted round: Late 4th to early 5th round


Julius Brents, CB 

Player Overview: Brents had a solid career at K-State, but his draft stock rose with his impressive NFL Combine performance. His size and speed shown in the combine is what made him the number one corner for the Wildcats. Brents will need to improve his man coverage skills before he plays significant snaps in the NFL. With time, the right team can use his immense physical traits to develop him into a star.

Scheme Fit: Zone coverage defenses

Predicted teams: Colts, Lions, Steelers

Predicted round: Early to mid-2nd round 


Malik Knowles, WR 

Player Overview: Knowles began to shine in the last half of the Wildcats 2022 season with quarterback Will Howard throwing him the ball, posting a career-high 725 receiving yards. Knowles’ experience as a returner makes him a valuable piece on special teams. Despite having lower production compared to most wide receiver prospects, Knowles can be a physical receiver who can also help in the run game with his blocking.

Scheme Fit: Special teams returner, gadget wide receiver

Predicted teams: Eagles, Packers, Giants

Predicted round: 7th round