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2015 NFL DRAFT

Calvin Pryor, FS

School: Louisville  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Port St. Joe, FL
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 207 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2221

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.582.601.5818 34 1/29'8"--
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- --4.306.98

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • St. Louis Rams | #13
    The Rams are expected to use their NFL-best three picks among the top 44 to fill their biggest areas of need - OL, WR, and FS. With the massive Greg Robinson added at No. 2 overall and the receiver class so deep, the Rams get their pick of the litter at safety. Pryor isn't quite as fluid in coverage as some of the other safeties in this class but to play for Jeff Fisher and in the NFC West, physicality is the priority.
  • Chicago Bears | #14
    The Bears addressed the defensive line in free agency and if Aaron Donald is gone, Chicago will mostly likely look to upgrade the secondary. Cornerback is a possibility, but Pryor gives the Bears a quick fix at strong safety.
  • New England Patriots | #29
    The one thing they lack in the secondary is the big thumper. He could be that guy.
  • Baltimore Ravens | #17
    The Ravens still need offensive linemen but they are too smart to reach. Pryor is a free safety with over 200 tackles and he forced 9 fumbles.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Prototype body type with good anticipation and explosive closing speed. Reliable open-field tackler and intimidating presence. Lowers his shoulder on impact to create collisions in run support and when protecting the middle of the field in coverage. Good vision and spatial awareness to slip amongst the mass of humanity near the line of scrimmage to locate the ball. Shows no desire for self-preservation when taking on blockers, dropping to take them out at the knees and often is able to take out the ballcarrier. Very good ball skills. Can extend and pluck outside of his frame and shows excellent awareness to get his feet inbounds.

WEAKNESSES: Almost too physical in an era in which heavy hitters often draw penalty flags. Drops his shoulder into defenders but some of his hits could be interpreted as leading with the crown of his helmet. Wasn't asked to cover slot receivers in Louisville's scheme. A bit stiff when changing direction, allowing some separation by receivers, especially on double-moves.

COMPARES TO: Antrel Rolle, Giants - Pryor is blessed with an exciting combination of size, explosiveness and ball skills to quickly become one of the most respected defensive backs in the league early in his career.

Player Overview

Hakeem Smith and Pryor formed one of the best safety tandems in the country in 2013, compiling 69 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles, on his way to earning 2013 All-American Athletic Conference first-team honors.

Has prototypical size and athleticism for the position and is one of the most well-round safeties in the class with explosive downhill reaction to the run, strong awareness in coverage and versatility to hold his own on the outside or in the slot.

Pryor has elite tools and potential if he can harness his sledgehammer playing style with disciplined intensity.

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05/12/2014 - Jets eschew drama, take a safety...Any doubt that the circus has left Florham Park disappeared shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, when the New York Jets waded gently into the draft waters instead of delivering a cannonball that would sent waves cascading throughout the NFL. The Jets passed on quarterback Johnny Manziel -- the most polarizing player in this year's draft -- with the 18th pick and instead took Louisville safety Calvin Pryor. Drafting Manziel and adding him to an already potentially combustible quarterback competition with incumbent Geno Smith and free agent signee Michael Vick might have been something the Jets would have done two or three years ago, when they seemed as interested in making headlines as winning games.

But with no-nonsense general manager John Idzik clearly in charge, the Jets efficiently addressed an obvious need D albeit not the need most observers thought the Jets would tackle on Thursday D by selecting Pryor. "We won't get into who was a consideration," Idzik said when asked whether or not the Jets pondered Manziel. "Suffice to say we stuck to our philosophy. We stuck to our board. And Calvin was our guy." Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan said they were impressed with Pryor's complete game and in particular his reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the draft. - The Sports Xchange

 

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