BYRON PRINGLE | WR | KANSAS STATE
Height: 6011 | Weight: 203 | Arm: 32" | Hand: 9 1/4" | 40YD: 4.46 | Bench: 15 | 3Cone: 6.87 | Broad: 120" | Vertical: 33.5"
Byron Pringle is a 24-year old Junior WR who transferred from Butler Community College and also returns kicks for the Wildcats. Pringle led the Big 12 with 24.1 yards per reception and the 2016 First-Team All-Big 12 selection as a kick returner illustrates how dangerous Pringle is as a ball-carrier in addition to a pass catcher. Pringle opened up some eyes at the Senior Bowl, consistently winning his 1v1 match ups in practice throughout the week in Mobile.
Pringle has good size with solid girth and possesses great short area burst and incendiary foot speed. Pringle can beat you in short areas and can also separate from defenders at the second level, making him a consistent home run threat with the football in his hand.
Pringle wins off the line with roadrunner feet, making it difficult for defensive backs in Press to anticipate inside or outside release. Pringle showcases a savvy hip feint that helps him earn separation on Deep Slants and create throwing windows in the middle of the field in the Red Zone. Pringle's money route is the Deep Post, where he does a good job of maintaining leverage and using his body and hips to box out the DB. Pringle is a great leaper yet lacks consistency in coming down with contested catches. Pringle also has suffered from concentration drops and hasn’t always shown to be reliable when catching the football. Pringle is an impressive runner after the catch as endorsed by his success as a kick returner (led Big 12 in 2016 with 28.7 Yards/Return) and is utilized on Jet Sweeps and Reverses in the Wildcats Heavy-Option offense. Pringle is a great competitor who can be seen in constant communication with his QB on the sidelined to guarantee they are on the same page. Pringle shows good football IQ and mental toughness by continuing to work to find open space during QB scramble and keep plays alive.
The biggest question mark for Pringle will be off-the-field, and his background is a mess prior to joining Kansas State in 2016. Despite being an underclassmen, Pringle will be close to 25 when the NFL season starts. Pringle's college football career was delayed by legal issues, including a four-year probation that resulted from his arrest on charges of burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft when he was 16. Speaking with Pringle, he cites Bill Snyder and the birth of his son (and another child on the way) as reasons why he feels he has matured, and he is eager to prove to teams that he would be a good addition to a locker room. Pringle compares in body type and play style to Eddie Kennison and his quick feet and separation ability on routes makes him a good fit for a West Coast Offense, and his ability to contribute in the return game will increase his draft value to the middle of day three.
Overall Grade: 76
Athletic Ability: 6
Play Strength: 5
Play Speed: 6
Competitive Toughness: 6
In-Traffic/Contested Catches: 3
Spectacular Catch: 4
Route Precision: 4
Route Variety: 4
Red Zone Threat: 4
Run Blocking: 3
Run After Catch: 5
Explosiveness/Return Ability: 5
Player Comparison: Eddie Kennison
Projected Round: Round 4/5
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