Wildcats perform in NFL combine

By The Mercury

The former Kansas State football players in the NFL combine spent the weekend working out in Indianapolis, and some have finished among the top performers in drills at their position.

Quarterback Collin Klein, wide receiver Chris Harper, fullback Braden Wilson, linebacker Arthur Brown and kicker Anthony Cantele are all at the event, working to improve their stock before the April draft.

Klein ran the fifth-fastest 40-yard dash for a quarterback, clocking a time of 4.78. He was the seventh fastest quarterback in the 20-yard shuttle drill, with a time of 4.40. Klein also finished among the top 11-12 quarterbacks in several other drills.

Of the 16 quarterbacks at the combine, he is currently ranked 11th with a grade of 55.

Brown comes in as the best-graded linebacker before drills begin at the combine with a score of 90.3. Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, who edged out Brown for linebacker awards this season, is graded as the third best.

Harper was the third-best wide receiver in the bench press with 20 repetitions, and had the 13th best vertical jump at 35.5 inches. Harper is ranked 20th out of 30 receivers with a score of 68.

Wilson ran a 4.81 40-yard dash and finished with a score of 22 in the bench reps. He is ranked 23rd among the 38 running backs with a score of 59, and the second highest-rated fullback.

Cantele has not completed any of his drills yet, and does not have a pre-workout grade.

In a funny twist from the weekend, several of the players have combine profiles online that feature pictures that aren’t of themselves.

Klein’s photo features someone with a slight resemblance, while Brown’s photo is totally off, as he’s the wrong skin color. K-State wasn’t the only school stricken by the photo mess ups, as Oklahoma’s QB Landry Jones appears to have the photo of some offensive lineman.

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