(WIBW) -- In last weekend's 2019 NFL Draft, 254 names were read.
Kansas State running back Alex Barnes (34) runs the ball to score a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 21-17. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Former Kansas State running back Alex Barnes' was not one of them--despite leading the Big 12 in rushing yards, finishing second with 12 touchdowns and a more than stellar showing at the NFL Combine.
Barnes said the experience put more than a chip on his shoulder.
"I'd say it's more of a boulder at this point," Barnes said. "It's surprising that I didn't get drafted but now it's more motivation than ever."
The former four-year Wildcat, though, is still getting his NFL opportunity. He signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Tennessee Titans after the conclusion of the draft.
"It's definitely a blessing," Barnes said. "It's a goal I can check off the list. I still have a lot of goals to go but I'm definitely thankful for this opportunity."
Barnes begins his professional career this weekend at rookie minicamp.
"I'm willing to do whatever it takes to see the field as early as possible, and do whatever I can to help win a Super Bowl."