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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 News
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

05/12/2014 - Call it the Rex Ryan effect. In selecting Calvin Pryor in the first round, the Jets used their first pick on a defensive player for the fifth straight season. It is the first time in team history the Jets have used their first-round pick on the same side of the ball in five consecutive seasons. Another team that's picked a defensive player with its first pick in each of the last five seasons? The Baltimore Ravens, where Ryan served as defensive coordinator before taking over as the Jets' head coach following the 2008 season. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Jets eschew drama, take a safety...Pryor said he had a good feeling the Jets would draft him after a pre-draft visit in which he hit it off with Ryan. "I fit into their scheme pretty well," Pryor said. "[Ryan said] He'd love for me to be a New York Jet. E I felt very confident that they were going to take me." While the Jets needed an anchor at safety, the selection of Pryor over a cornerback came as a mild surprise. The Jets cut Antonio Cromartie in March and currently have oft-maligned second-year player Dee Milliner and journeyman Dmitri Patterson atop their depth chart. It is likely the Jets will use at least one of their 11 remaining picks on a cornerback. But on Thursday night, there was little doubt they landed the player they wanted. "We evaluate the player's talents regardless of position," Ryan said. "Clearly, this young man, we think is special." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Jets eschew drama, take a safety...In three seasons at Louisville, Pryor recorded seven interceptions, forced nine fumbles and racked up 218 tackles. As a junior in 2013, he knocked an opposing player out of a game in three consecutive weeks. "In viewing his tape, when he gets the impact hits, they aren't illegal hits," Idzik said. "They're just hard hits. We like having that style of play on our side." Pryor said all the right things Thursday night about fitting in with the Jets D "My main thing is just going in there and being a great teammate and making the New York Jets' roster" D but he should provide an immediate upgrade at a position the Jets have addressed with band-aids for most of the Ryan era.

Dawan Landry, who turned 31 at the end of last season, is solid, but third-year pro Antonio Allen's transition from linebacker has had more valleys than peaks. He lost his starting job for several weeks last fall to 35-year-old Ed Reed, whom the Jets signed off the street. Pryor's coverage and tackling skills will also be a big help to a secondary that was ravaged by elite tight ends last season. Tony Gonzalez, Heath Miller, Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Charles Clay and Greg Olsen combined for 49 catches for 622 yards over six games. "You take all the attributes D his cover skills and believe me there is a huge thing with his hitting ability," Ryan said. "Big hits are going to win games and they'll flip the momentum of a game faster than anything, in my opinion. I've always said that. And this young man will provide it." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/18 -- Calvin Pryor, FS, 5-11, 207, Louisville...Pryor instantly upgrades a position that has often been ignored under head coach Rex Ryan. Pryor arrives with a reputation as the hardest hitter in the draft -- he knocked a player out of a game in three straight weeks last year and forced nine fumbles in three seasons at Louisville -- and should help improve a back end of a secondary that has been vaporized in recent seasons by running backs in space as well as tight ends. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 22/2. *Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville, 5-11, 207, 4.58, 1...Pryor was a hard-hitting junior who compiled 69 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. In conference play, Pryor ranked 16th in tackles for all positions with 50, or 7.1 per game. He teamed with Hakeem Smith to form perhaps the best safety tandem in the college football for 2013. Frankly: If you want a hitter, Pryor is your man. What he lacks in instinct, he makes up for in raw, relentless aggression. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Kansas City Chiefs...S Calvin Pryor, Louisville or WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: Although both Pryor and Cooks are smaller than ideal for their positions in the eyes of Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, they both have explosive play-making ability at positions where head coach Andy Reid needs a spark. At 5-foot-11, Pryor is a hard hitting and rangy defensive back that could play the interchangeable safety spots used by many NFL defensive coordinators these days. Cooks measured at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds at the NFL Combine and is coming off two seasons where he caught 195 passes for 2,881 yards and 21 touchdown catches for the Beavers. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 16. Calvin Pryor FS, Louisville (5-11, 207, 4.58, JR)...A heat-seeking missile in the secondary, Pryor has physical take-on strength and wraps and drives through his target with violence. He will freelance too much at times, but he displays the athleticism and fluid change of motion to hold up in the deep half of the field. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Chicago's draft radar: SS Calvin Pryor, Louisville: The defensive line is often mentioned as Chicago's top need, but the safety situation is a dire one and it wouldn't be a surprise if they address the back end of the defense first on draft weekend. At pick No. 14 in the first round, the Bears are in a great spot to secure one of the top safeties in this class like Pryor, who could step in as the starting strong safety as a rookie next to Conte. Pryor has a strong understanding of everything going on around him and can play in the box or drop in zone with his above average football speed, instincts and eye discipline. He has "wow" physicality and an aggressive, fearless mentality to take on blocks, strike through his target and hit with a killer instinct to lay out the ballcarrier. Pryor doesn't play hesitant and has the versatile skill set to line up at either free or strong safety, giving Chicago long-term options. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on the St. Louis Rams' draft radar: FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville: The Rams found a quality starter with hard-hitting strong safety T.J. McDonald a year ago and could use a speedy, instinctive centerfielder behind him to help a young secondary that no longer can rely on veteran Cortland Finnegan (who was released) to come together. Many are pegging Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for the Rams due to his fluidity and ball-skills and he'd make sense. Pryor isn't quite as fluid but he's instinctive and plays with the physicality Fisher loves on defense and is necessary to compete in this rough and tumble division. If waiting until the later rounds to add a safety, Washington State's Deone Bucannon and Minnesota's Brock Vereen are other candidates to keep an eye on. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: *Calvin Pryor, Louisville, 5-11, 207, 4.58...Pryor was a hard-hitting junior who compiled 69 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. In conference play, Pryor ranked 16th in tackles for all positions with 50, or 7.1 per game. He teamed with Hakeem Smith to create perhaps the best safety tandem in the country for 2013. Frankly: If you want a hitter, Pryor is your man. What he lacks in instinct, he makes up for in raw, relentless aggression. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/21/2014 - Five players who should be on the Green Bay Packers' draft radar: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville: Given how the Packers' lack of speed was exposed by San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick to end the past two seasons, Thompson is likely to target a speedy, instinctive defender in the early rounds. Thompson has hit on safeties with later picks in past seasons but the specifics of this class and today's focus on the pass is working against him. As the NFL increasingly turns to the pass, safeties have increased their value and unfortunately the 2014 crop isn't equipped to handle the need. Pryor has excellent read and react skills which allow him to close quickly and deliver thunderous hits. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 28. *Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville, 6-2, 208, 4.57, 1-2...Pryor teamed with Hakeem Smith to create perhaps the best safety tandem in the country for 2013. Pryor was a hard-hitting junior who d compiled 69 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. In conference play, Pryor ranked 16th in tackles for all positions with 50, or 7.1 per game. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/16/2013 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): S Calvin Pryor, Louisville, Jr., 6-2 208, Port St. Joe, Fla./Port St. Joe,...Teamed with Hakeem Smith, Pryor made Louisville's safety tandem arguably among the best in the country. The hard-hitting junior earned his second career conference accolade after compiling 69 tackles, 5.5 which resulted in a loss of yardage, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. In conference play, Pryor ranked 16th in tackles for all positions with 50, or 7.1 per game. - Louisville football

10/18/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: FS Calvin Pryor was named Defensive Player of the Week in the American Athletic Conference for the second time this year, Pryor notched a career-high 14 tackles and an interception on Oct. 10 in the Cardinals' 24-10 win over Rutgers. It was the sixth career pick for Pryor and moved him into the team lead this season with two. - The Sports Xchange

10/14/2013 - WEEK 7 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Calvin Pryor, Jr., S, Louisville, Port St. Joe, Fla.,...Pryor was the key man on a Louisville defense that held Rutgers to 12 rushing yards and registered eight sacks and four interceptions in the Cardinals' 24-10 win against the Scarlet Knights. Pryor had a game-high 14 tackles, with one tackle for loss, and he added his second interception of the season as the Cardinals' clung to a seven-point lead in the second half. - AAC football

10/10/2013 - Louisville intercepted passes on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter, the last to set up Teddy Bridgewater's 3-yard touchdown pass that clinched the Cardinals' 24-10 victory over Rutgers on Thursday night. Defense was the story for the eighth-ranked Cardinals (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference), who had four interceptions and sacked Gary Nova eight times. Safety Calvin Pryor led Louisville's stifling effort with 14 tackles and an interception in holding the Scarlet Knights to 240 yards.

The Cardinals needed that performance to offset Bridgewater's off night. The junior completed 21 of 31 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw an interception and fumbled early in the fourth quarter. Rutgers (4-2, 1-1) couldn't take advantage of those miscues in seeing its four-game winning streak end and losing a fourth straight time to the Cardinals, who temporarily took control of first place in the AAC. - AP Sports

09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: FS Calvin Pryor was named Defensive Player of the Week in the American Athletic Conference for his performance against Eastern Kentucky. Pryor finished with eight tackles, including one for loss, a forced fumble, a 26-yard interception return and 22 return yards after taking a lateral following a fumble recovery. This week will mark his 23rd straight start. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Calvin Pryor, Jr., S, Louisville, Port St. Joe, Fla.,...Pryor led a Louisville defense that limited Eastern Kentucky to just 206 yards of offense in the Cardinals' 44-7 win. Pryor registered eight tackles, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble, a 26-yard interception return and 22 return yards following a lateraled fumble recovery. Pryor has helped Louisville to a No. 13 national ranking in total defense (239.5 ypg) and a No. 9 rank in scoring defense (7.0 ppg) through two weeks. - AAC football

07/16/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville...A two-year starter at safety, Pryor has emerged as one of the top safeties in the country. A second team All-BIG EAST award winner last season, Pryor was second on the Cardinals in tackles with a career-high 100 in 13 starts. He forced a team-best five fumbles, which ranked seventh nationally, and recorded seven games with eight or more tackles, including a career-high 11 in a triple-overtime loss to Connecticut. - Louisville football

07/16/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville...A two-year starter at safety, Pryor has emerged as one of the top safeties in the country. A second team All-BIG EAST award winner last season, Pryor was second on the Cardinals in tackles with a career-high 100 in 13 starts. He forced a team-best five fumbles, which ranked seventh nationally, and recorded seven games with eight or more tackles, including a career-high 11 in a triple-overtime loss to Connecticut. - Louisville football

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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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