Terrence Newmann is one of the top players to go through Kansas State. While he was a Wildcat under Bill Snyder, he was used in all three phases of the field. Primarily on defense, Newmann recorded 10 career interceptions. He was Kansas State's highest player to ever be drafted in the NFL when he was taken fifth overall in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
D.J. Reed was a force in the secondary that quarterbacks did not necessarily want to throw toward. Reed finished his career at Kansas State with seven interceptions, 103 solo tackles, and 122 total tackles. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the San Fransisco 49ers.
Chris Canty was also another quality defensive back with Bill Snyder at Kansas State. Canty was not just used on defense however, due to his speed he was also sometimes put in on the offensive side of the ball and used as a wide receiver. Canty was taken in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
In his first full season at Kansas State Mendez tied the K-State season record with six interceptions. He won Big-8 Newcomer of the Year for that amazing season. During his career at Kansas State, Mendez recorded 313 total tackles and 15 interceptions in four seasons.