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Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney taken by Raiders, cornerback JaCorey Shepherd goes to Eagles on final day of NFL Draft

Ben Heeney, a former standout middle linebacker at Kansas, was picked by the Oakland Raiders with the fourth pick of the fifth round (140th overall) on Saturday afternoon in the NFL Draft. Cornerback JaCorey Shepherd was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round (191st overall). Dexter McDonald, a Kansas City native who went to Rockhurst, was drafted in the seventh round by Oakland.

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An inside look as Kansas’ Ben Heeney prepares for the NFL Draft

In the KU weight room, Ben Heeney gathered himself for another round of box jumps during a morning workout with Andrea Hudy, KU’s lead strength and conditioning coordinator for the men’s basketball program. This is what it looks like when a former All-Big 12 linebacker preps for the biggest opportunity of his life, a chance to be selected in the NFL Draft and fulfill a dream of playing professional football.

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The Star’s NFL Draft projections for former Kansas players

Former Kansas standouts Ben Heeney and JaCorey Shepherd lead a group of former Jayhawks who could hear their names called in this week’s NFL Draft. A few other players, including former receiver Nigel King, will likely sign as free agents or earn invites to a rookie camp. Here’s a look at where these former KU football players could be drafted.