Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson, a 2007 Consensus All-American, capped a memorable senior season Saturday as he was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers.
Nelson's selection by the Packers, who took the former walk-on with their first pick of the draft at No. 36 overall, marks the 15th straight year that Kansas State has had a least one player taken in the NFL draft. He is the 44th Wildcat to hear his name called during the draft since 1992 and the first top-40 selection for K-State since defensive back Terence Newman was taken with the fifth pick of the 2003 draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
A native of Riley, Kan., Nelson had one of the finest seasons in K-State history as he grabbed a school-record 122 receptions for a school-record 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 10.2 catches per game average, 133.8 yards per game average and 1,606 total receiving yards all ranked second nationally, while he also set the Big 12 record for catches and yards in a season by a senior wide receiver.
The Biletnikoff Award finalist recorded eight 100-yard receiving games and two 200-yard performances this past season and caught 10 or more passes in six games, all of which are school records. His 15-catch performances against Missouri State and Fresno State and his 214 yards receiving at Iowa State set single-game K-State records, while his three receiving touchdowns at Oklahoma State tied the school record.
The former walk-on recorded 206 receptions for 2,822 yards and 20 touchdowns during his three-year career at wide receiver to establish himself on three career top-10 receiving lists at K-State. He is currently second all-time at Kansas State in catches and receiving yards, while he is third in career receiving touchdowns.
The NFL Draft will continue on Sunday with rounds three through seven.