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Ty Zimmerman is the best draft prospect at Kansas State.
Ranked as the second-best strong safety in his class by NFLDraftScout.com, Ty Zimmerman is hands down the best prospect for the Wildcats.
Zimmerman will enter the 2013 season with lofty expectations, and he'll be asked to lead a defense that lost a lot of starters after being one of the best units in the country.
In 2012, Zimmerman racked up 50 tackles and five interceptions.
At 6'1" and 204 pounds, Zimmerman also has the desirable physical traits of a safety in the NFL.
Zimmerman suffered a left leg injury last year that caused him to miss the last two games of the regular season for the Wildcats.
The first game he missed was against the Baylor Bears, the only loss for Kansas State in the regular season which knocked Bill Snyder's group out of contention for the national title.
Perhaps no other game showed how good and how valuable Zimmerman is than that loss against Baylor. In that game, Bears quarterback Nick Florence torched the Wildcats' secondary to the tune of 238 yards and two touchdowns. Most of his passes came over the top as well.
While it's never healthy to wonder about the "what ifs," the feeling around Manhattan after that loss was that, had Zimmerman not been injured against Baylor, the Wildcats may have won that game and therefore played for the BCS title.