Eighteen Wildcats Open 2023 Season on NFL Rosters

Eighteen former Kansas State players are on rosters as the 2023 NFL season kicks off Thursday night when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Detroit Lions.

The 18 former Wildcats on opening-weekend NFL rosters are the most since they had 19 to open the 2009 season. 

Of the 18 players, seven are off last year's Big 12 Championship squad, including four draft picks in Felix Anudike-Uzomah (First Round – Kansas City), JuJu Brents (Second Round – Indianapolis), 

Josh Hayes (Sixth Round – Tampa Bay) and Deuce Vaughn (Sixth Round – Dallas). 

The seven Wildcat rookies on opening-weekend rosters are the most since at the 2003 season (9), while the four draft picks were the most since the 2002 draft.

  Former Wildcats on NFL Rosters Player Organization Position Experience Felix Anudike-Uzomah Kansas City DE Rookie Ekow Boye-Doe^ Kansas City CB Rookie

JuJu Brents Indianapolis CB Rookie Josh Hayes Tampa Bay DB Rookie Timmy Horne^ Atlanta DL 2nd Year Malik Knowles* Minnesota WR Rookie Tyler Lockett Seattle WR 9th Year

Cornelius Lucas Washington T 9th Year AJ Parker* San Francisco DB 2nd Year Byron Pringle Washington WR 6th Year D.J. Reed New York Jets CB 6th Year Duke Shelley Los Angeles Rams DB 5th Year

Kiondre Thomas^ Green Bay CB 1st Year Skylar Thompson Miami QB 2nd Year Deuce Vaughn Dallas RB Rookie

Cody Whitehair Chicago OL 8th Year Russ Yeast Los Angeles Rams DB 2nd Year Ty Zentner^ Houston P Rookie

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