Two big names keep swirling around Kansas State when talking about the upcoming NFL Draft. Cooper Beebe, one of the last players to ever play under Kansas State legend Bill Snyder, and walk-on Ben Sinnott. Both players showed out in their final season as Wildcats and created a lot of buzz for the NFL Draft.
Cooper Beebe played in 51 games at Kansas State starting 48 of them. He was named the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in both 2022 and 2023. He joins former Big 12 players Creed Humphrey, Orlando Brown, Spencer Drago, and Cyril Richardson to earn that honor. Beebe originally came into the college on the defensive line but swiftly made the move offensive line after arriving on campus.
Beebe is showing up on mock drafts as a top offensive lineman in this year's draft. As an invitee to the Reese's Senior Bowl, the inside interior offensive lineman right now is projected to go day two sometime in the second round, with the possibility of falling to the early third round.
The two-time Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year is strong and uses his power and strength to overwhelm those on the defensive line to create solid running lanes and give good pass protection. So looking at which teams could use offensive linemen in the NFL, Beebe would be a great fit for any of them. The top three teams that come to mind are the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets, or the New York Giants.
Ben Sinnott I believe joins Jordy Nelson as one of the greatest walk-ons in Kansas State history. The tight end/fullback was Will Howard's favorite target in his time as a Wildcat. Sinnott's size and ability to run routes are what helps him stand out on draft boards.
While Sinnott does not seem like he will go as early in the draft as his former teammate, he is still one of the top-rated tight end/fullbacks heading into the NFL Draft. The Iowa native right now is projected to be a day-three guy going somewhere in the late fourth or early fifth round.
On mock draft boards, Sinnott is listed mostly as a fullback, which does help his draft stock. Sinnott's blocking and versatility as a player is something any NFL team could benefit from.