Figurs Goes in 3rd Round to Baltimore

MANHATTAN, Kan. Yamon Figurs, the fastest player at the NFL’s 2007 combine and perhaps college football’s most dynamic return man last season, was selected in the third round of the NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens Saturday.

Figurs’ selection by the Ravens as the No. 74 player overall marks the 14th straight year that Kansas State has had a least one player taken in the NFL draft. He is the 43rd Wildcat to hear his name called during the draft since 1992 and the first top-100 selection for K-State since linebacker Terry Pierce was taken with the 51st pick of the 2003 draft by the Denver Broncos.

The first Wildcat to be drafted by the Ravens since the organization’s move to Baltimore prior to the 1996 season, Figurs was a first team All-Big 12 selection by the league’s coaches as a returner in 2006. The nation’s fifth-ranked punt returner last season, Figurs led the Big 12 with a 14.7 yard average and returned two punts for touchdowns of 81 and 76 yards. He also had a 52-yard punt return vs. Texas that set up another score and was extremely productive in punt coverage with five tackles and two fumble recoveries.

One of the Big 12’s top deep threats as a wide receiver through out his Kansas State career, Figurs hauled in 73 receptions for 1,144 yards and six touchdowns in three years as a Wildcat and departed K-State ranked No. 18 on the school’s all-time receiving yards chart.

Three of Figurs’ receiving touchdowns came during his senior season in 2006, including scoring grabs of 36 and 30 yards vs. Texas. He also rushed for a pair of touchdowns last season, taking a 38-yard reverse to the end zone vs. Florida Atlantic and scoring on a 30-yard reverse at Colorado, and ended the year tied for second on the team in scoring with 42 points on a co-team-high seven TDs.

Figurs appeared in 34 games as a Wildcat and made a total of 29 starts at wide receiver.

The NFL’s 2007 draft continues on Sunday with selections in rounds four through seven. K-State has not had two players selected in the same year since Nick Leckey (Arizona Cardinals sixth round) and Rashad Washington (New York Jets seventh round) were taken in the 2004 draft.