At this time last year, Tysyn Hartman and Emmanuel Lamur were in the same position as Nigel Malone, Jarell Childs and Meshak Williams.
The former Kansas State defenders were coming off productive seasons with the Wildcats, and hoping for a chance to play at the next level.
Both players had an outside shot at being drafted, but their more likely routes to the NFL were through free agency. Sure enough, both players got picked up after going undrafted and went on to have solid rookie seasons.
Hartman, a safety, made 24 tackles while playing in nine games (starting two) with the Kansas City Chiefs. Lamur, a linebacker, made 19 tackles while playing in nine games for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Malone (cornerback), Childs (linebacker) and Williams (defensive end) have each done big things for K-State this year. But their NFL hopes aren’t as clear as Arthur Brown’s. He will get drafted in the first few rounds. Malone, Childs and Williams need to further prove themselves at K-State’s pro day and in private workouts with NFL teams.
Just like Hartman and Lamur did.
“Obviously, we came from the same system under the same coach,” Childs said. “Those guys are great players. If they can do it, I will always think there is a chance for me and the other defensive players on our team.”