(TNS) — Byron Pringle went undrafted Saturday, but the day ended with good news for the former Kansas State receiver when he signed a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a source.
Pringle highlighted a group of former K-State players that found NFL homes after the draft came to an end.
Matthew McCrane, the most accurate kicker in Wildcats history, signed a free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
Both Pringle and McCrane were considered potential late-round selections but ended up going the undrafted route.
Defensive back D.J. Reed was the only former K-State player to hear his name called Saturday. The San Francisco 49ers picked him in the fifth round with the 142nd overall pick.
But all three could make an impact at the next level.
Pringle isn't your average rookie.
For starters, he is 24 years old and a father. Pringle took a long, winding path to Manhattan before becoming a star for the Wildcats.
A criminal past delayed the start of his college career at Butler Community College. But once he put his past behind him he became a consistent playmaker in the Big 12 and started for two seasons at K-State.
As a sophomore, Pringle caught 39 passes for 631 yards and four touchdowns. Though his numbers were low, he developed as the season went along and delivered many highlight plays on special teams as a kick returner, ending the year with 721 return yards and a touchdown.
As a junior, Pringle improved as a receiver and piled up 724 yards and six touchdowns on 30 catches. He was at his best during a road victory over Oklahoma State, when he amassed 166 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver on top of 114 yards and a touchdown as a returner.
Pringle chose to declare for the NFL Draft a year early and forgo his final season with the Wildcats.
McCrane left K-State as one of the best kickers in school history, owning several school records.
He is the program’s leader in career field goals made (57), field-goal percentage (86.3), extra-point percentage (99.2) and field goals made longer than 50 yards (5).
As a senior, he connected on 21 of 26 field goals and all 48 of his extra points.