Kansas State Wildcats
2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Kyle Ball, DE
Career Snapshot: One-year starter who made 23 tackles (five for loss) with three sacks as a senior in 2019. Named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and made 16 tackles (four for loss) with two sacks as a junior before he suffered a torn pectoral in the eighth game of the season.
Positives: Hard-working college defensive lineman who gets the most from his ability. Plays with leverage, works his hands to protect himself and fires off the snap with a quick first step. Easily changes direction and immediately alters his angle of attack. Moves smoothly to any direction of the field and shows the ability to make plays in space. Keeps his feet moving and gives great effort.
Negatives: Undersized and easily blocked from the action. Posted marginal production in college. Was reduced to a reserve role as a senior.
Analysis: Ball is a try-hard prospect with limited size and speed. He offers possibilities as a pass-rush specialist, but he must make his mark on special teams to make it out of camp this summer.
Trey Dishon, DT
Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who made 30 tackles (5.5 for loss) with three sacks as a senior in 2019. Named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and made 21 tackles (four for loss) with one sack and three pass breakups as a sophomore in 2017. Set a career high with three sacks during his redshirt freshman season.
Positives: Nice-sized interior defensive lineman who flashes athleticism. Fires off the snap and moves reasonably well around the field. Quick and fluid if asked to twist or stunt. Plays with proper pad level, keeps his feet moving and gives effort. Easily changes direction, chases the play laterally and consistently gets leverage on opponents.Holds his ground against blocks.
Negatives: Must use his hands better to protect himself or disengage from blocks. More of a gap occupier than a playmaker despite his athleticism.
Analysis: Dishon possesses a nice combination of size and strength and comes with good upside. He must start to be more productive and make plays on the ball to have any opportunity to make an NFL roster.
Scott Frantz, OT
Career Snapshot: Four-year starter at left tackle who earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors as a senior in 2019. Became the first Wildcats freshman to start a whole season at left tackle since 1988 during the 2016 campaign.
Positives: Fundamentally sound college left tackle with a good feel for blocking. Keeps his feet moving, works his hands throughout the action and keeps his head on a swivel. Explosive at the point, knocks pass rushers from their angles of attack and make use of angles and body positioning very well. Patient in pass protection, keeps his head on a swivel and always looks for someone to hit.
Negatives: Does not play with consistent knee bend or leverage. Lacks balance and smooth footwork off the edge. Has athletic limitations.
Analysis: Frantz was a good college offensive tackle, but he lacks the athleticism and upside for the next level.
James Gilbert, RB
Career Snapshot: Graduate transfer from Ball State who started his lone season at Kansas State. Named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and rushed 141 times for 737 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Two-year starter for the Cardinals who earned First Team All-MAC honors and rushed 251 times for 1,332 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016. Suffered a season-ending hand injury three games into the 2017 season.
Positives: Hard-charging ball carrier with outstanding vision. Finds the running lanes and fluidly cuts back against the grain. Easily changes direction, works runs and falls forward when tackled. Runs hard on the inside. Keeps his head on a swivel as a blocker.
Negatives: Possesses poor size and speed and shows just an average burst. Although he gives effort and runs hard on the inside, he lacks the size to do the same at the next level.
Analysis: Gilbert was a relatively productive and hard-working back at the college level, but he lacks the measurables and versatility for the NFL.
Denzel Goolsby, S
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter who was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and made 64 tackles with two interceptions as a senior in 2019. Set career-highs across the board with 78 tackles (two for loss), two interceptions and four pass breakups as a sophomore in 2017. Missed three games in 2018 with an arm injury.
Positives: Tough, intelligent safety at his best playing downhill. Instinctive, plays heads-up football and takes proper angles to the action. Fires up the field against the run, has a closing burst and wraps up tackling. Displays good hands for the interception.
Negatives: Lacks range and lateral speed. Only effective downhill and between the numbers. Does not display great closing burst.
Analysis: Goolsby is a solid football player with limited athleticism and upside potential. He’s a traditional strong safety type who must play well on special teams to have a place at the next level.
Adam Holtorf, C
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter at center who was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 as a senior in 2019.
Positives: Strong, tough center who is best in a small area. Fires off the snap, stays square and works blocks. Explosive at the point and easily rides defenders from the action. Keeps his head on a swivel and blocks with excellent awareness. Keeps his feet moving and anchors in pass protection. Effectively quarterbacks the offensive line.
Negatives: Overextends into blocks and lacks balance. Does not display footwork or the ability to slide. Limited athlete who is ineffective at the second level.
Analysis: Holtorf was a productive and durable center at the college level, but he lacks the athleticism and upside the play on Sundays.
Tyler Mitchell, G
Career Snapshot: Three-year starter at right guard. Started the first four games of the 2018 season at left guard before he moved back to right guard. Made six starts as a redshirt freshman.
Positives: Explosive blocker who always looks to hit someone. Keeps his head on a swivel, works well with teammates and plays with a nasty attitude. Stays square and anchors in pass protection.
Negatives: Lacks overall athleticism and is limited to a small area. Does not sink his butt at the line of scrimmage or block with proper pad level. Ineffective at the second level.
Analysis: Mitchell possesses excellent size, but he’s only effective in a small area and must improve his blocking fundamentals more than anything else.
Da’Quan Patton, OLB
Career Snapshot: Junior-college transfer who started his final two seasons at Kansas State after he redshirted in 2017. Made 58 tackles with two interceptions and two pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Posted 70 tackles (three for loss) with two PBUs as a junior.
Positives: Hard-working linebacker who plays with good suddenness. Displays good change-of-direction skills, fluidly moves laterally and covers a lot of area on the field. Gets depth on pass drops and shows ability in zone coverage.
Negatives: Small and easily controlled at the point of attack. Lacks the flat-out speed for his size.
Analysis: Patton is a solid football player with a good head for the game,but he comes with poor size and speed. He lacks upside and may not have a position at the next level.
Dalton Schoen, WR
Career Snapshot: Two-year starter who was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and caught 37 passes for 579 yards and four touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Made 32 catches for 520 yards and two TDs as a junior. Missed the final three games of the 2017 season with a broken collarbone.
Positives: Sure-handed receiver with possibilities as a possession wideout. Displays good route discipline, possesses a good head for the game and plays smart football. Comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target, possesses solid hand-eye coordination and uses the sidelines well.
Possesses a lot of natural receiving skills and keeps the play in bounds to pick up positive yardage. Gets vertical in a crowd and exposes himself to the big hit in order to come away with the reception. Adjusts to the errant throw on crossing patterns and makes the reception in stride. Outstanding downfield blocker.
Negatives: Possesses marginal quickness and speed and struggles to separate from opponents.
Analysis: Despite his football prowess, Schoen comes across as a big, slow possession receiver. He has the football skills to play at the next level, but he must really impress someone this summer to make it out of camp.
Reggie Walker, DE
Career Snapshot: Four-year starter who was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and made 30 tackles (five for loss) with two sacks as a senior in 2019. Set career highs with 12.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles as a junior. Earned Second Team All-Big 12 and made 36 tackles (six for loss) with two sacks as a sophomore. Named Defensive Freshman of the Year and made a career-best 39 tackles (11.5 for loss) with 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2016.
Positives: Undersized college defensive end who flashes pass-rushing skill. Quick off the snap, plays with proper pad level and flashes the ability to bend off the edge. Gives effort, keeps coming and plays through the whistle. Occasionally stands over tackle and shows the ability to quickly close to the action. Very effective with his hands and uses them to protect himself and get off blocks.
Negatives: Easily washed from the action by blocks. Displays an average first step off the snap out of a three-point stance. Plays to his 40 time.
Analysis: Walker displayed flashes of ability as a sophomore and really improved in 2018, but he played uninspired football as a senior. He’s a limited athlete who comes with marginal upside and may struggle to make it out of camp this summer.
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