NFL Draft spotlight shines on Wichitans Arthur Brown, Chris Harper and Joseph Randle

04/25/2013 7:12 AM

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Mike and Mark Bell.

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Russ Campbell and Tony Barker.

Wichita has had its bright spots in NFL Draft history. Three times — 1979, 1989 and 1992 — two players from the city were taken in the NFL Draft.

But never three. That could happen this week, though, as Arthur Brown, Chris Harper and Joseph Randle all wait for the phone calls that begin their professional football careers.

Brown, Kansas State’s All-Big 12 linebacker, figures to be the first of the Wichita trio taken. His name may be called during tonight’s first round, though Brown — who will join younger brother Bryce as two of three East Blue Aces drafted — is more likely to be taken in Friday afternoon’s second round.

Friday is when Harper, K-State’s wide receiver from Northwest High, hopes to be drafted. The second and third rounds are Friday, and Harper — whose draft stock seemed to rise from strong workouts — is projected to be taken in the third to fifth round.

Same for Randle, the former Southeast High running back who starred at Oklahoma State for three seasons. He left OSU after his junior season to enter the draft and could go as high as the second or third round, but may wait until the fourth or fifth rounds on Saturday.

And should a franchise decide to take a kicker in the late rounds, K-State’s Anthony Cantele, from Kapaun Mount Carmel, could get a phone call and make Wichita center of the NFL Draft universe.

Towns around Wichita may do well in the draft, too. TCU guard Blaize Foltz, a prep star at Rose Hill, may be drafted in the late rounds on Saturday. Same for Kansas offensive tackle Tanner Hawkinson, who’s from McPherson.

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