Former Navarro College and Kansas State offensive tackle Tavon Rooks was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft with the 202nd pick overall by the New Orleans Saints.
The 6-foot-5, 289-pound lineman was a two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 player with the Wildcats after transferring from Navarro College.
At Navarro, Rooks played on the Bulldogs’ 2010 NJCAA Championship squad, and the 2011 team that finished fifth nationally. NC went 21-3 during his freshman and sophomore seasons when he was rated as the No. 23 junior college player in America by Rivals.com.
Rooks keeps alive a Kansas State string of 21 consecutive years to produce an NFL draft selection. He is the first Wildcats to be selected by the Saints since 2003.
Rooks, a Randallstown, Md., product, had been projected by some draft experts to be 6th or 7th round pick, but the offensive tackle may get shifted inside to play in the NFL as an offensive guard.
NFL analyst Mike Detillier says “He’s athletic! Real athletic from a movement skills standpoint.” Rooks played right tackle at KSU and could be the eventual successor to Zach Strief.