3 Greatest Kansas State hidden NFL Draft gems since 2000

Kansas State typically does not have a lot of first-round draft picks compared to other schools. However, there have been some late-round picks out of Kansas State that turned into hidden gems.

Dec 4, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) runs the ball.
Dec 4, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) runs the ball. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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2018 NFL Draft. D.J. Reed. 3. Kansas State football. Round 5, Pick 142. player. . . D.J. Reed. 42

D.J. Reed was taken in the fifth round of the 2018 draft. Even though Reed has been with three teams in his six-year career, he has found success with his last two teams. The California native returned to his home state when the Niners drafted him.

Reed's first two seasons with the Niners seemed like they might be his last in the NFL since he did not have a lot of stats and was on and off the field. After two seasons with the Niners, Reed found his way to Seattle and joined the Seahawks organization. There he began to see his playing time go up along with his stats.

After two seasons with the Seahawks recording 140 total tackles, four interceptions, and three fumble recoveries, Reed crossed the country to join the New York Jets under defensive mind Robert Saleh. With the Jets, Reed began to really make a name for himself as he paired up with cornerback Sauce Gardner.

With the Jets, Reed has seen the most playing time and his best NFL stats. So far he has 156 total tackles, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions and that was with missing some time due to injury in 2023. With Reed and a combination of other guys, this Jets defense can be one of the best in the league, and let's face it, they had a lot of work on thier hands this season with how little the offense was producing.