OPINION: Which Wildcat has the best shot at success in the NFL?

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Sophomore wide receiver Byron Pringle carries the ball during the game between K-State and Central Arkansas in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017. (Meg Shearer | Collegian Media Group)

Bill Snyder has a way of getting players drafted into the National Football League, so much so that K-State has the longest active streak of consecutive years of at least one player being selected in the NFL Draft.

This year was no different as D.J. Reed was selected by the San Francisco 49er’s in the fifth round.

Reed could be used as a kick returner and will be used as a corner back for the upstart 49er’s this season. Reed succeeded at both of those positions for the Wildcats and was the lone K-State player to get selected.

Reed was very emotional on the phone as he got the call from San Francisco giving him the news that he will be playing in the league.

Not only that, but K-State had two players signed as free agents as well.

I think that all three could have some very good careers, but getting Matthew McCrane to the Arizona Cardinals could be very good for them. He is arguably the best kicker to ever put on the Wildcat uniform and will be a great addition to the Cardinals.

I am very excited in the final signee for the Wildcats as Byron Pringle will be just a hop, skip and jump away from K-State fans next year.

Pringle signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, which makes it very easy for fans to tag along and like the team he signed with.

All of these players were standouts with the Wildcats and why they earned the right to be playing in the NFL, but all of these guys have the potential to have long last careers in the league.

And that’s why this time for the future of the NFL is exciting that all of these have the chance to be the next big thing, but we have to wait and see if they pan out.

Avery Osen is a graduate student in mass communications. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.

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