Ben Sinnott declaring for the NFL Draft is the best decision he could have made

Ben Sinnott declared the NFL Draft shortly after his junior season ended. He is going into the draft as one of the top-rated tight ends.
Kansas State junior tight end Ben Sinnott (34) drives through Kansas defenders during the first half.
Kansas State junior tight end Ben Sinnott (34) drives through Kansas defenders during the first half. / Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal / USA

It is not news that Ben Sinnott is going to the 2024 NFL Draft, he made that known back in December. Wildcat fans are sad to see Sinnott go, as he was a large part of Kansas State's offense in 2023. However, this is a great decision for the fourth-year junior. Even though he still has one year of eligibility left, Sinnott is leaving for the draft, and he is going in as one of the top-rated tight ends.

It's almost humorous because Sinnott wasn't even listed as a tight end on the depth chart in 2023. Head coach Chris Klieman listed him as a fullback, however, this position is used more as a moving tight end position in Klieman's offense.

Sinnott made the most of his last two seasons at K-State. In 2022, Sinnott played in 14 games, reeling in 447 yards on 31 receptions, and four touchdowns, one of those in the Big 12 Championship game where the Wildcats took down undefeated TCU. In 2023, Sinnott upped his game, playing in all 12 games, he had 676 yards on 49 catches and six touchdowns. His connection with Will Howard, who transferred to Ohio State for his final season, was the best on the team.

Even though Sinnott is going in as an underclassman in the draft, he is rated as a top-five tight end on multiple draft boards. On Mel Kiper Jr's big draft board, he has Sinnott listed on his fullback/h-back list, but he has him rated as the second-best player on that list.

Sinnott has a lot of upside going into the draft. He has good size and soft hands. He knows his role as a blocker and can make multiple blocks down the field when needed. He could use a little more acceleration after the catch, but can get separation down the field and make tight-window catches.

Wildcat fans everywhere will be in front of their TVs in April to see where their beloved Wildcats will go. With many players declaring for the draft after the 2023 season, fans will hope to see a couple of K-State greats brought up to the big leagues.