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K-State’s B.J. Finney embraced advice from Jordy Nelson heading into combine

West offensive lineman B.J. Finney (72), of Kansas State, blocks during the East-West Shrine game last Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
West offensive lineman B.J. Finney (72), of Kansas State, blocks during the East-West Shrine game last Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Associated Press

Kansas State center B.J. Finney obviously did not know what to expect when he arrived for this year’s NFL Combine.

But he did have some pretty good advice from a well-known fellow Wildcat — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

“Jordy has been huge for me in this process, just saying enjoy it, don’t get overwhelmed,” Finney said. “Don’t make it a bigger deal than what it is. Just relax and be yourself.

“He and Nick Leckey and Ryan Lilja, the older guys, they told me I have four years of film, so the film is going to speak for itself. There’s really not a whole lot I can say or do to move myself up a round. They’re going to slot you where they slot you.”

Finney, a four-year starter who was listed at 6 feet 4 and 303 pounds at K-State, does not know where he will be selected. And he isn’t worrying about it, either.

“Honestly, I’m not paying a lot of attention to that stuff,” Finney said. “It could turn into a bidding war, it could not. I’ve heard guys say they were supposed to be drafted in the third round, they go as free agents. There’s nothing that’s guaranteed in this business. The numbers could help you or hurt you, but I’m not really going to put any weight on it. I’m going to put my best foot forward and see what happens.”

Finney, however, was honored when told that NFL.com writer Gil Brandt projected him to be a first-year starter.

“Very blessed that someone like that would say that,” Finney said. “Like I said, I don’t know if that’s going to be the case. I hope it is. Honestly, I want it to be. I don’t like sitting on the sideline. I’m just going to put my best foot forward and whatever comes my way, comes my way.”

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @TerezPaylor.

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