3 Wildcats sign with NFL teams

By The Mercury

Three former Kansas State football players — offensive lineman Cornelius Lucas, wide receiver/kick returner Tramaine Thompson and safety Ty Zimmerman — have signed free agent contracts with NFL teams following the 2014 NFL Draft.

Lucas signed with the Detroit Lions and Thompson agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Zimmerman will join sixth-round draft pick Tavon Rooks in New Orleans.

A native of New Orleans, Lucas is a two-time All-Big 12 performer, including his junior season when he earned first-team honors in helping the Wildcats capture the 2012 Big 12 Championship. A 26-game starter at left tackle, Lucas was also named to the Outland Trophy watch list prior to his senior season.

Thompson, a threat at both receiver and in the return game, was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 returner as both a junior and senior. He finished his K-State career fourth in school history in career punt-return yardage (718), eighth in all-purpose yards (3,217) and 12th in receiving yards (1,673), while he was just the third Wildcat in school history to score a touchdown via a rush, reception, punt return and kickoff return.

The first four-year all-conference player in school history, Zimmerman earned Second Team All-America honors as both a junior and senior. The Junction City native is second in K-State history in career interception-return yards (221), third in interceptions (13) and fourth in interception-return touchdowns (2).

Other former Wildcats could sign with NFL clubs and those names will be announced at a later date.

K-State begins its 2014 season on Aug. 30 when it hosts Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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