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TEMPE, Ariz. — The Cardinals have re-signed cornerback Kevin Peterson to a one-year contract.

The 26-year-old Peterson played in 14 games last season and started three after being pushed into a bigger role because of Patrick Peterson’s six-game suspension and Robert Alford’s season-ending injury.

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He had 16 tackles, two passes defended and six special teams tackles after joining the team off waivers from the Rams in September.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Peterson came into the league as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016.

The Cardinals also announced that they released cornerback Andre Chachere. He spent two different stints with Arizona on the practice squad last season.

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Mizzou has been playing football for 130 years. As we wait and hope that season 131 will start on time, we’re going to take a look back through Tiger history and identify the best of the best.

Over the next six weeks, we’ll pare down our list of 64 players (selected, seeding and put into regions by position) to the best player in Tiger history. And PowerMizzou.com subscribers will make the pick.

The brackets will be posted and explained below. Then, on our premium message board, we will start a poll for each matchup. The polls will remain open through the week, closing on Friday night. The winners will move on to the next round, we will update the bracket and publish a new story and new polls the following Sunday. After six weeks, we will have the best Tiger football player as selected by our subscribers.

There are no guidelines for the voting. You can vote for the player you think is the best, you can vote for your favorite player, you can vote based on what they did at Mizzou, what they did in the pros, who had the best hair or what high school they went to. It’s your vote, do with it as you please.

Today, we open the vote on the Final Four matchups.

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Second round voting

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Before we preview the Final Four, let’s take a look at how we got here.

QUARTERBACKS AND RUNNING BACKS REGION

Form held through the first two rounds as four quarterbacks representing three distinct eras in Tiger football made it to the Sweet 16. Chase Daniel beat Brad Smith by a three to one margin in one Sweet 16 matchup while Pitchin’ Paul Christman barely slipped by Phil Bradley in the other. In the regional final, Daniel got 84% of the vote against Christman and the top seed moved on to the Final Four.

WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS REGION

This was probably the most loaded bracket of the four. All-Americans, Hall of Famers and national award winners dotted the bracket throughout. The top four seeds moved on to the Sweet 16 where College Football and NFL Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow beat Mizzou’s single-season and career record holder Danario Alexander. In the other matchup, two-time all-American Jeremy Maclin dominated the vote over Mackey Award winner Chase Coffman. In the Elite Eight, Maclin got nearly 2/3 of the vote in taking down Winslow to move on to the Final Four.

OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE LINEMEN REGION

This was the region of chaos that ultimately ended up with the chalk winning out. Three double digit seeds of recent history made it to the Sweet 16. On one side, Sheldon Richardson beat Shane Ray in the closest vote of the competition so far. On the other side, Justin Smith got at least 96% of the vote for the third straight week in moving on past Aldon Smith. In the Elite Eight, it was Justin Smith dominating once again with 96.8% of the vote over Richardson. None of Smith’s opponents received more than 3.4% of the votes in the first four rounds.

LINEBACKERS AND DEFENSIVE BACKS REGION

This bracket was the most straightforward of them all. Johnny Roland and Roger Wehrli were head and shoulders above the competition throughout. Top-seeded Wehrli got at least 72% of the vote in each round, beating Darryl Major, William Moore and Sean Weatherspoon. Roland, the No. 2 seed, was even more dominant, getting at least 78% of votes in beating Travis McDonald, E.J. Gaines and Eric Wright. When the two met up, it was Wehrli moving on with a surprising 78.5% of the total.

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THE FINAL FOUR

CHASE DANIEL VS JEREMY MACLIN
The most prolific quarterback in school history runs up against the two-time all-American receiver and return man who helped plant his name atop all of the record books at Mizzou. The winner in this round will be the best offensive player in school history and will move on to the title tilt.

Daniel set pretty much every passing record in the books at Mizzou while leading the Tigers to a No. 1 ranking and a school record 12 wins in 2007, a season in which he finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. He is widely viewed as the player that put Mizzou on the national map in this century.

Maclin was a two-time all-American in two seasons at Missouri after missing his first year with a torn ACL. In 2007 he set the national freshman record with 2,776 all-purpose yards, including more than 1,000 receive and 1,000 on kickoff returns. He set the school record for all-purpose yardage in just two seasons and held the single-season receiving record with 102 catches for 1,260 yards and 13 touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore.

Both were key cogs in Mizzou’s run to No. 1 in 2007 and starting the season as a top five team in 2008.

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It’s FINALLY here, today is the day. The most anticipated NFL Draft in history by sports fans thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic kicks off tonight in Commissioner Roger Goodell’s basement, complete with virtually-added booing.

For Razorback fans, they’ll wait to hear a name of a Razorback – some time over the three-day stretch – to make it 25-straight years with at least one Hog being called. The last time an NFL Draft happened without an Arkansas player being selected was 1995, ironically the Razorbacks went on that Fall to win their first-ever SEC West crown under head coach Danny Ford. Since then, at least one Razorback has heard his name announced by the commissioner, including 2004 and 2008 when six Hogs were picked. Both of those Arkansas draft classes were highlighted by a pair of first rounders – Shawn Andrews and Ahmad “Batman” Carroll in 2004 and Darren McFadden and Felix Jones in 2008, more on them later.

As this year’s Razorbacks prepare for what could be one of the highlights of their life, let’s take a look at the history of the Hogs in the Draft.

The Streak
Arkansas’ 24-year streak of having at least one player drafted matches the program’s longest stretch of having at least one player selected. From 1961-84 at least one Razorback was picked, but the Draft was much different during those days. That timeframe of Arkansas football, however, was one of the program’s most successful producing the 1964 National Championship and 16 bowl games. During that streak, the 1982 Draft nearly ended it until the Washington Redskins picked linebacker Jeff Goff in the 12th round with the 322nd pick – a pick that doesn’t exist in the now seven-round NFL Draft. From 1961-84, Arkansas had 91 players selected, including a school record seven in 1973 led by the legendary Joe Ferguson who was tabbed by the Buffalo Bills in the third round. It worked out pretty good for the Bills as Ferguson was the team’s starter for 12 seasons from 1973-84, including 107 consecutive starts.

The Razorbacks’ current streak has had a few more close calls with seven Drafts calling only one Hog. The closest came in 2007 when Vickiel Vaughn was picked in the seventh round with the 254th pick by San Francisco. Anthony Hicks (5th round in 1997), David Sanders (7th round in 1998), Carlos Hall (7th round in 2002), Ken Hamlin (2nd round in 2003), Vaughn, Jonathan Luigs (4th round in 2009) and the late Mitch Petrus (5th round in 2010) kept the streak going to get us to the 2020 NFL Draft and a chance at history.

High on the Hogs
Who are the highest selected Razorbacks in history? Easy right? Dan Hampton in 1979 and Darren McFadden in 2008 were both the fourth pick in their respective Drafts. You’d be right if we’re talking about the modern Draft era but if we’re talking about all-time with Drafts going back to 1936… that answer is Lamar McHan. The former QB from Lake Village, Ark. was the second overall pick in the 1954 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals. McHan played 10 years in the league for four teams – alternating with Hall of Famer Brett Starr for Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay squad then moving on to back up another Hall of Famer, Johnny Unitas for the Colts. McHan turned to coaching after his playing days, eventually winding up in New Orleans with the Saints where he’d coach Archie Manning. As a Razorback, McHan only won 12 games during his four years on campus, but his senior season under first-year head coach Bowden Wyatt in 1953 set the stage for the “25 Little Pigs” to win the school’s second Southwestern Conference title in 1954. Prior to McHan, Kay Eakin held the honor of highest picked Hog going third overall to Pittsburgh in 1940.

First Rounders
If you go all the way back to the NFL Draft in 1938 when Jack Robbins was the fifth overall selection by Chicago, the Razorbacks have had 23 first rounders with Frank Ragnow being the last in 2018. Arkansas has had multiple first round picks five times in history with Darren McFadden and Felix Jones in 2008 being the latest. Shawn Andrews and Ahmad Carroll in 2004, Wayne Martin and Steve Atwater in 1989, Billy Ray Smith Jr. and Gary Anderson both went to San Diego in 1983. Loyd Phillips and Gary Anderson were the original Arkansas first round duo going 10th and 19th overall in 1967.

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Air Force’s Zane Lewis, a 2020 Academy graduate, has been signed as a priority free agent by the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals. Lewis was a three-year lettermen and two-year starter for the Falcons from 2016-19. He started 24 of 25 games over the 2018-19 seasons. Lewis recorded 45 total tackles and a team-best 15 pass breakups last season. He ranked fourth in the Mountain West and 20th nationally in pass breakups with a 1.23 per-game average.

Lewis will be attempting to become the fourth former Air Force player on a current NFL roster, joining offensive lineman Ben Garland (2010 graduate) with San Francisco, tight end Garrett Griffin (2016 graduate) with New Orleans and long snapper Austin Cutting (2019 graduate) with Minnesota.

Air Force capped a historic season in 2020 with a 31-21 win over Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl Dec. 27 in Phoenix, Ariz. The win gave Air Force an 11-2 overall record. Air Force’s 11 wins are the third most in program history, trailing the 12 wins in 1985 and 1998. Air Force closed with an eight-game winning streak which is the third longest in school history and second longest in the nation, trailing only national champion LSU’s 16-game streak. Air Force was ranked in the final national polls for the first time since 1998, as the Falcons finished 22nd in the Associated Press poll and 23rd in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Air Force finished second in the Mountain West Mountain Division with a 7-1 record. The 7-1 slate matched the school record in conference play, marking the first time the program has accomplished it in the Mountain West. Air Force was the nation’s third most-improved team with a six-game turnaround from last season. Only Navy (eight) and Central Michigan (seven) had better improvement.

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2019 – Played and started in all 13 games … recorded 45 total tackles and a team-best 15 pass breakups … ranked fourth in the MW and 20th nationally in pass breakups with 1.23 per game … five tackles and a PBU vs. Washington State in bowl game… three tackles and a pass breakup vs. Wyoming … six tackles and two pass breakups at New Mexico … six tackles, three pass breakups and a 99-yard INT return for a TD at Colorado State … second 99-yard INT return for a score in his career … 99-yard return is a school record and he is the first Falcon since 1999 to have two-career defensive touchdowns … career-high eight tackles, PBU vs. Army … three tackles and a PBU vs. Fresno State … five tackles at Boise State … three tackles and two PBUs at Colorado … two pass breakups vs. Colgate … ranks third in AF history in career INT return yards with 198 … played 37 career games with 23 starts, all consecutive.
2018 – Played in 12 games, starting 11 … started the last 11 games of the season … recorded 43 total tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, an interception and a team-best six pass breakups … three tackles and a pass breakup vs. Colorado State … seven tackles, a tackle for loss, forced fumble and pass breakup at Wyoming … had six tackles at Army … four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup vs. Boise State … career highs of eight tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss, along with a pass breakup, at UNLV … recorded his first-career interception vs. Nevada, returning it a school-record 99 yards for his first-career touchdown … six tackles at Florida Atlantic in his first start.
2017 – Played in all 12 games … recorded six total tackles, including three unassisted … career-best two tackles vs. VMI … had one tackle each vs. New Mexico, Nevada, Boise State and Utah State.
2016 – Did not see any varsity action.
High School – Lettered two years in football and track … second-team all-state in football as a junior … all-metro honoree in track two years … earned the Richmond Dispatch Athlete of the Month honor once … first-team all-state honors in football as a senior … member of the National Honor Society … high school football coach was Sam Mickens.
Personal – Son of Allen and Gayle Lewis … has an older sister … 2020 graduate of the Air Force Academy … majored in management … nickname is Zanebron … is a cousin to NFL player Shawn Springs … completed the powered flight program and was on the cadre for cadet operations last summer.

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The Arizona Cardinals signed 21 undrafted free agents and we’ll take a look at them over the next four or five days.

Let’s get to know them before they are gone.

Arizona has had some success from Kentucky prospects, and have brought in another one in defensive lineman T.J. Carter.

From the team:

“Kentucky defensive lineman T.J. Carter (6-4, 289) totaled 71 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, six sacks, five passes defensed and 10 quarterback hurries in 50 games (28 starts) during his collegiate career. He was part of a senior class that advanced to four consecutive bowl games and won 32 games, the most wins during a four-year span by Kentucky since 1949-52. A Mableton, GA native, Carter played 13 games (12 starts) and had a career-high 26 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks as a senior in 2019.”

Not a big time starter but a glue guy to the most successful era of Kentucky football in nearly 70 years.

Carter is not a guy who will draw a ton of eyes, but his teammates and coaches love him and his work ethic and intensity.

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Steven Gonzalez didn’t hear his name called at the 2020 NFL Draft, but he’s set to begin his pro career in Arizona.

He announced that the Arizona Cardinals signed him to a contract shortly after the conclusion of this year’s draft.

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Gonzalez was a consistent factor on Penn State’s offensive line throughout his career in Happy Valley. The 6’4″, 341-pound guard started 42 games in three full seasons for the Nittany Lions. In two of those seasons, Penn State finished with a top-five overall rushing attack in the Big Ten.

The big man was recognized as a top offensive lineman in the conference on multiple occasions. Pro Football Focus gave Gonzalez first-team All-Big Ten honors after his sophomore season in 2017, but he racked up even more awards during his final year in the blue and white.

This past fall, Gonzalez was awarded second-team All-Big Ten honors by the media, the conference’s coaches, and the Associated Press, as well as being named third-team All-Big Ten by Pro Football Focus.

Gonzalez is the first known Penn State football alum to sign as an undrafted free agent. Five Nittany Lions from last year’s roster — including Yetur Gross-Matos and KJ Hamler — were drafted over the weekend. Additionally, former Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens became a seventh-round pick after wrapping up his college career at Mississippi State as a graduate transfer.

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Shane Leatherbury has always played with a chip on his shoulder.

A former quarterback at Delmar High School, he earned an all-conference second team nod as a senior but didn’t garner the recognition needed to receive a spot on a Division I roster.

After a brief stint at Seton Hill College, then coming back to the Eastern Shore to attend Wor-Wic Community College, Leatherbury was a walk-on wide receiver at Towson University in 2017. He eventually earned a scholarship, set program records and scored 12 touchdowns with 667 receiving yards as a senior.

At 5-foot-11 and with no pro day due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Leatherbury didn’t expect to hear his name called during the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Towson wide receiver and former Delmar athlete Shane Leatherbury runs down field during a game. (Photo: Submitted Image: ENP Photography)

But he was confident his football career would continue.

Leatherbury was signed Saturday by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent. He is the first Delmar player since Alex Ellis to earn a spot on an NFL squad.

“I couldn’t stop walking and jumping around,” Leatherbury said. “I was so hyped, and my family was so happy and excited. When they called me, I don’t think they could understand a word I was saying since I was talking so fast.”

The Towson receiver and his agent had been in contact with nearly a dozen teams regarding a rookie free agent contract.

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Leatherbury improved every season on the collegiate level, leading the Tigers in receiving his junior and senior seasons. The Delmar grad finished his career at Towson with a pair of All-CAA selections, finishing third in receiving touchdowns (21), eighth in receptions (149) and 10th in receiving yards (1,848).

Not long after the draft concluded, Leatherbury received a call from an Arizona number. On the line was Cardinals’ wide receiver coach David Raih, informing the Eastern Shore native he was headed to the NFL.

“I was just hoping for a chance,” Leatherbury said. “We wanted to find the best fit for where I could make the roster. I had confidence my agent would get something done.”

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Shane Leatherbury is a redshirt senior wide receiver for the Towson football team. (Photo: Submitted Image: ENP Photography)

Leatherbury said the lack of a pro day hurt his chances to be seen by NFL teams in person. However, he and his agent sent film to several squads, confident someone would see the talent the Towson receiver brought to the table.

“I think (having a pro day) would have raised my stock,” he said. “But I’m not going to say I would have got drafted (if I had one).”

As he was sitting at his home in Salisbury surrounded by family, Leatherbury’s phone wouldn’t stop buzzing.

Before he signed, friends and others sent messages offering encouragement and support. Once the news broke he was headed to Arizona, a flood of calls and texts came in — some he still hasn’t had a chance to respond to.

“You really don’t know just how many people are rooting for you,” Leatherbury said. “Everyone from Delmar, Salisbury, Delaware, Towson — it’s just crazy. That kind of makes it seem more real; like it’s really happening.”

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The coronavirus pandemic will prevent Leatherbury from traveling to Arizona in the near future, however he said virtual meetings with coaches and trainers will begin soon.

The receiver has recently trained to prepare for the combine, but now that he’s part of an NFL team, Leatherbury is prepping his body for the demands of training camp, hoping to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

“I’m trying to get bigger, faster and stronger,” he said. “There’s not much change (in the training), it’s just a little bit up tempo, so I better be ready.”

The Cardinals feature several notable wide receivers, including DeAndre Hopkins, who was traded from the Houston Texans in March and Larry Fitzgerald, a 17-year veteran who’s been to 11 pro bowls.

Leatherbury has yet to contact his new teammates, but believes learning from guys who are known as some of the best at their position will benefit him for years to come.

“I hope I don’t annoy them too much,” he said with a laugh.

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Shane Leatherbury and Delmar started the season 0-4 before earning their first win against Milford last Saturday. (Photo: Justin Odendhal photo )

The former Delmar athlete has accomplished one of his dreams by making it to the NFL.

But he knows there’s still work to be done.

Leatherbury is one of 14 undrafted free agents the Cardinals signed, according to NFL.com, and joins a crowded wide receivers group, which includes fellow undrafted rookie pass catcher Cedric Byrd II (University of Hawaii).

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Given what he’s overcome so far, Leatherbury is eager to prove he can make it at football’s highest level.

“All I can do is be myself,” he said. “I wouldn’t want it any other way. No matter what, the best players are going to play, and I have to go out and prove I’m worthy of being there.”

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It was the first day of the NFL draft. The first round. And former SMU tight end Ryan Becker watched nervously on television.

“Like I know I wasn’t going in the first round,” Becker told The Dallas Morning News. “But still, you’re just nervous watching it. Because it’s just your future, and you have no control over it at that point.”

Becker started six games last season, catching four passes and totaling 30 yards. He often entered the game early and played a lot in the Mustangs’ system that typically featured two tight ends.

In his four years with SMU, he made 16 catches. But his physicality and willingness to be a team-first player is what made the Arizona Cardinals want to sign him to an undrafted free agent contract in the hours after the draft ended.

Even though Becker didn’t have a ton of highlight-reel catches, and even though SMU’s pro day was wiped out by the coronavirus crisis, he still worked his way into an opportunity.

“It’s crazy and unbelievable. … It’s a huge weight lifted off your shoulders,” Becker said. “Like I’ve always told people, all I need is my chance. I just needed a chance. And to finally get that chance and to know that I will put on pads again is a great feeling.”

“I think they can see that on film. I’ll do whatever the team asks me to do. And if that’s block, I’ll do it. If it’s special teams, I’ll do it. If it’s run out and do routes and catch balls, then I’ll do that, too.”

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Before everything was shut down, Becker, a Marble Falls native, had been training in Fort Worth with a program called APEC, which helps former college players prepare for the NFL. He spent nearly three months there getting ready for his pro day.

After SMU was shuttered, they were going to try to put on a pro day at APEC, but that became impossible, too. So APEC took all the numbers the trainees had already hit and sent them to NFL teams.

“I just kind of had to come home and continue working out,” Becker said. “And that kind of threw a monkey wrench in things a little bit, as far as how do teams evaluate players. So I think they really relied heavily on film.”

Becker also credited his agent, Drew Pittman, for advocating for him to NFL teams early and often. He signed with Pittman shortly after the SMU season.

“Especially someone that’s well-connected. They’re always kinda out there just keeping you on teams’ boards,” Becker said. “… I think he really went out and hustled for me leading up to the draft.”

By the midpoint of SMU’s 2019 season, the Mustangs’ other tight end, Kylen Granson, had become a top target for quarterback Shane Buechele, posting nine touchdowns. Becker was never the flashiest player or most adept route runner for SMU.

But the four-year contributor brought something to the table that was more intangible.

Head coach Sonny Dykes tweeted that Becker was one of the “toughest” and “grittiest” players in college football. Becker, for his part, said “you can still very clearly see who’s out there and who loves to be out there. You can see that on film. You can see that when people play.”

And he believes that’s what the Cardinals saw on tape. And he hopes it’ll do the trick to get him on their regular-season roster.

“Yeah, yeah definitely,” Becker said when asked if he could make an NFL roster. “That’s definitely the ultimate goal. And who knows what’ll happen. I just know that I got my chance and I’m gonna go do what I can to make it happen. And whatever happens, happens, but definitely, I’m just glad I got my chance.”

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Kansas State’s 26-year streak of boasting at least one NFL-draft selection ended Saturday. But it didn’t take long for the Wildcats who went undrafted to begin finding homes.

Among those signing contracts since the draft concluded Saturday include:

• Receiver Dalton Schoen landed with the Los Angeles Chargers. A team captain, Schoen led the Wildcats in receptions (37), receiving yards (579) and receiving touchdowns (four) in 2019. A former walk-on, Schoen ended his career seventh in program history in yards per reception (17.05) and 15th in receiving yardage (1,549).

• Running back James Gilbert will try to make the Los Angeles Rams’ roster. Gilbert, a graduate transfer from Ball State, ran for a team-high 737 yards last fall while finishing second in rushing touchdowns with six.

• Defensive end Reggie Walker hopes to find a roster spot with the Arizona Cardinals. A team captain along with Schoen as well as an All-Big 12 honorable mention last season, Walker started 47 games as a Wildcat. He tied a school record with nine forced fumbles while his 18 sacks tied for 10th most in K-State’s annals.

• Defensive tackle Trey Dishon is headed to Cincinnati after signing with the Bengals. A four-year stalwart at defensive tackle, Dishon started all 50 games he played in as a Wildcat, including a stretch of 48 in a row to end his career. He left Manhattan on a high note, setting single-season personal bests for tackles (30) and tackles for loss (5.5) while tying his career high in sacks (3.0).

• Offensive lineman Nick Kaltmayer signed with the Miami Dolphins. A 6-foot-7 behemoth, Kaltmayer started all 13 games at right tackle for K-State last season.

Former K-State players still looking for undrafted free agent contracts as of Tuesday morning include offensive lineman Scott Frantz, running back Jordon Brown, linebacker Da’Quan Patton, defensive backs Kevion McGee and Darreyl Patterson and punter Devin Anctil.

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While Reggie Floyd was likely disappointed to not be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, he had a deal in place with an NFL team minutes after the conclusion of this year’s draft.

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Reggie Floyd agreed to a contract with the Arizona Cardinals after being an undrafted free agent for only minutes. Floyd is not the first Virginia Tech undrafted free agent to sign with the Cardinals as Jonathan McLaughlin signed with the Cardinals after the 2017 NFL Draft most recently.

Reggie Floyd was a steadying force on the back end of Virginia Tech’s defense as a three-year starter at rover who started 36 of the 51 games he played in. Floyd’s senior season wasn’t as productive as hoped with 69 tackles including 1 for loss, but he did have a career high 8 pass breakups, showing his growth in coverage. Overall, Floyd finished his career as one of the better box-to-box safeties Virginia Tech has had this century with 230 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 7 QB hurries, 2 forced fumbles, 5 interceptions, and 10 pass breakups.

Floyd does bring intriguing size to the NFL at 6′ and 220 pounds per Virginia Tech with his likely position being strong safety at the next level. However, Floyd’s size could allow for teams to consider trying to use him at linebacker given him comfort working as a box-to-box safety, his effectiveness making plays as a run defender, and his size and frame that may allow him to add a few more pounds and not be undersized whatsoever at linebacker.

The undrafted free agent route is the road less traveled to the NFL, but plenty of players have made it to the NFL despite not being drafted including multiple Hokies.

The list of Hokies recently includes Brandon Facyson, who in his second season with the Los Angeles Chargers finished with 41 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 pass deflection while starting 4 of the Chargers’ games this past season. That recent list also includes Joey Slye who latched on with the Carolina Panthers this past season and shined as their kicker on his way to earning a contract for 2020 ahead of a likely competition between himself and veteran Graham Gano.

Reggie Floyd may be going the road less traveled, but he has showed the potential to become the next Hokie to go from being undrafted to being a regular contributor for an NFL team.