Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor (25) against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Scouting the NFL Draft: Calvin Pryor


Time to take a look at another draft prospect. As much as the Jets need weapons on the offensive side of the football, a free safety wouldn’t hurt either. The Jets were beaten by the deep ball a lot last season, as we all painfully watched. A fast guy that can play “center field” and attack the football would help.

In walks Calvin Pryor from Louisville.

Here are his stats from while he was in school:

Defense & Fumbles

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2011 Louisville Big East JR DB 13 31 12 43 3.0 1.0 2 25 12.5 0 7 0 0 0 2
*2012 Louisville Big East JR DB 13 52 48 100 2.5 1.0 2 10 5.0 0 7 1 5 0 5
*2013 Louisville American JR S 3 54 21 75 5.5 0.0 3 26 8.7 0 4 2
Career Louisville 137 81 218 11.0 2.0 7 61 8.7 0 18 1 5 0 9

He measures in at 6’1″, 210 pounds.

These are some initial thoughts from the player’s NFL draft profile:

Pryor might be the most physical football player in the entire draft. Against the run, he is very quick to diagnose and he explodes to the alley. He takes correct angles and he doesn’t need to gear down before securing the tackle. He uncoils his hips on contact and he’s produced several impressive hits this season. Against the pass, he has the instincts and ball skills to play over the top, and he has enough speed/agility to match up in man coverage. He’s a complete safety.

Take a look at some footage:

PROS: His scouting report calls him possibly “the most physical player in the draft”. Not watching everyone it’s hard to say, but he sure is a physical player. He will make offensive players hear footsteps, as when he gets you in his cross-hairs, watch out. He takes the right angle to the football and doesn’t miss.

He also does have good ball skills. When he is roaming, he can get to the football, and he can make a play on that football. He has good hands, and body control to come down in the field of play near the sidelines.

CONS: Watching him tackle, Calvin Pryor is going to have to be careful at times. At least from the footage, he tends to go high a bit, and his shoulder was dangerously close to some blows to the head. He must be careful to watch for personal fouls. There is no evidence of great man to man skills either, although that isn’t the biggest attribute we are looking for in a free safety.

Bottom line, a guy like this might be a nice investment. Pryor can clearly play, and would be an asset to a vulnerable back-end of the Jets’ defense.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Nice late round pick, the knock on him is as you pointed out his tackling technique. I’d like to see them use a third round pick to grab Stanley Jean – Baptiste out of Nebraska. At 6’3″ and 215 lbs, Baptiste is bigger and though he played corner in college, many believe he is a candidate to switch to safety in the NFL. Either way, I figure by the third round, Rex will be screaming for a defensive pick, and Baptiste could fill a hole somewhere in the secondary!