(WIBW) - Even though Kansas had no players selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, there are Jayhawks getting NFL opportunities.
Joe Dineen, Steven Sims Jr., Shak Taylor, Daniel Wise, Dwayne Wallace and John Wirtel are all signing as undrafted free agents. Dineen is heading to the Denver Broncos, Sims Jr. is going to the Washington Redskins, Wise is signing with the Dallas Cowboys, Wallace will head to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Wirtel will get a shot with the Chicago Bears and Shak Taylor is joining the Indianapolis Colts.
A fan favorite during his time at KU, Dineen's NFL path got a little tougher when he hurt his hamstring at the Jayhawks' Pro Day. But the linebacker's collegiate statistics show his impressive production in Lawrence.
The 2018 Associated Press Second-Team All-American led the Big 12 in tackles for each of his last two seasons at KU, becoming just the second player to ever accomplish that feat. As an All-Big 12 First Team selection in 2018, the Lawrence native also led the nation in solo tackles (108) for a second-straight year and finished his Jayhawk career as the program's all-time leader in tackles for loss (45.5).
Helping Dineen lead the defense at Kansas was Wise. The defensive lineman made the All-Big 12 First Team in 2018 after leading KU in sacks with five and tackles for loss with 12.5. He ranks behind Dineen in Jayhawk history for career tackles for loss with 44.
Sims reeled in 214 receptions for 2,582 yards and 19 touchdowns over four seasons at Kansas. Those numbers put him at second in Jayhawk history for receiving yards and touchdowns while ranking third for career receptions. The wide receiver led KU in receiving for three straight seasons.
Wirtel is a Chicago native, so he gets a homecoming with the Bears. He was KU's long snapper at various points over six seasons. The lineman experienced missed parts of two straight years, but handled snaps from 2014-2016 and then 2018.
Wallace only played for the Jayhawks for one season as a graduate transfer. He started 10 games at right guard in 2018, but played in all 12 contests. After the season, he was named Offensive Line MVP at at the Tropical Bowl.
Taylor played at KU for two seasons. The defensive back had three interceptions, five passes defended and 33 tackles in 2018.