Three former Kansas State football players – offensive lineman Cornelius Lucas, wide receiver/kick returner Tramaine Thompson and defensive back Ty Zimmerman – have signed free agent contracts with NFL teams following the 2014 NFL Draft.
Lucas signed with the Detroit Lions and Thompson inked a deal with the Atlanta Falcons, while Zimmerman will join sixth-round draft pick Tavon Rooks with the New Orleans Saints. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Lucas is a two-time All-Big 12 performer, including his junior season when he earned first-team honors as he helped 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 campaign.
Thompson, a threat at both wide 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, Kansas, native ranks second in K-State history in career interception-return yards (221), third in interceptions (13) and fourth in interception-return touchdowns (2). He also became the 25th Wildcat with 250 career tackles, including 171 unassisted stops to rank eighth.