Below are the notable Kansas Jayhawks eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. Kansas is obviously known more for its basketball program than the one that plays on the gridiron, but there are some interesting prospects with NFL potential for the Jayhawks this upcoming football season.
Wide Receiver Steven Sims Jr. – 5100, 176 – Junior
Defensive End Dorance Armstrong Jr. – 6040, 246 – Junior
As one of the most feared pass rushers in the nation, let alone the conference, Dorance Armstrong Jr. has all of the tools to become a high draft pick next April if he decides to declare. With his explosiveness and ability to effortlessly bend around the edge, his pass rush potential is fairly high. He can change directions and close on a quarterback quickly, but he needs to have a better plan than to just win with speed around the edge every time. He did show flashes of being able to use an inside counter move to get a pressure, but it only happened on a handful of occasions.
In the run game, I would not classify him as someone who gets moved, as he is able to hold his ground, but he needs to be more disciplined. Overrunning his pursuit lane bit the defense on multiple occasions last season. Overall, Armstrong Jr. is one of the most gifted pass rushers in the nation, and if he can refine his game to where he can win with tools other than speed and athleticism, look out.
Cornerback Derrick Neal – 5100, 180 – Senior
As a converted wide receiver to cornerback, one would think ball skills would be the main strength of that player. For Derrick Neal, his lack of ball production has not yet matched those ball skills. In fact, he really struggles to find the ball with his back to it in man coverage.
Nonetheless, he has the speed and quickness to carry receivers vertically or laterally. His feet and hands are a technical mess right now, but he has the athletic ability and surprising play strength for his size to be a reserve nickel player at the next level.