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Kyle Prater, WR

School: Northwestern  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Maywood, IL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 231 lbs.
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Player Overview

It's tough to accurately evaluate a prospect for the next level when he has only one career catch, but Prater has obvious talent and will be an intriuging player to watch moving forward.

He was considered the No. 1 wide receiver recruit out of high school in Illinois and received a scholarship offer from just about every program in the nation, choosing Southern Cal. After redshirting in 2010, Prater battled injuries and saw action in 10 games last season, registering just one reception. He was granted his release from the Trojans and moved closer to home, enrolling in Evanston.

He received a residence waiver from the NCAA allowing him to play in 2012 and not sit out the usually required one season.

Prater has already received rave reviews from the Wildcats' coaching staff and should see extensive action this season, especially as the team tries to replace the loss of their top two receivers from 2011.

Strengths Weaknesses

Prater is a tall, lean target with good length to extend and snatch the ball away from his frame, showing big hands and the focus to reel-in tough catches. He comes with some durability concerns, missing chunks of the past two seasons with various minor injuries and needs to prove he can stay healthy.

Only a redshirt sophomore with a blank college r?sum?, Prater is barely a blip on the draft radar, but he is a player NFL scouts will keep an eye on this season.

--Dane Brugler

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08/08/2014 - Northwestern's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. WR Kyle Prater, RS Senior...An Illinois native, Prater was a Parade High School All-American and five-star recruit, commanding attention from all the top programs in college football. He committed to USC and redshirted in 2010 due to hamstring and groin injuries and missed most of 2011 due to a broken bone in his left foot. After two injury plagued season at Southern California, Prater decided to transfer closer to home in the Midwest and was given a resident waiver from the NCAA to play immediately at Northwestern and not sit out a full season.

The past two seasons for the Wildcats, Prater has seen limited playing time and registered only 19 catches, struggling to be much of a factor. He enters his senior season with one more chance to make a name for himself and show scouts why he was so highly touted out of high school, but he'll need to fight for playing time with incumbent starters and fellow seniors Tony Jones and Christian Jones. Nonetheless, Prater has the size, athletic ability and perceived upside that NFL evaluators love. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com



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