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Calvin Pryor | Safety

Team: Louisville Cardinals
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 208

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Jets selected Louisville S Calvin Pryor with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
The Jets have now selected a defensive back in three of the past five first rounds, and gone defense five straight years. Pryor (5-foot-11, 207) earned first-team All-Big East honors as a junior before turning pro, finishing his career with 32 starts, 11 tackles for loss, seven picks and nine forced fumbles. A highlight-reel hitter, Pryor is at his best playing downhill as opposed to covering receivers or manning center field. He ran 4.58 at the Combine with a 9-foot-8 broad jump and 34 1/2-inch vertical. Pryor would be best utilized in a T.J. Ward role, running the alley and playing in the box. Thu, May 8, 2014 10:10:00 PM

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Louisville S Calvin Pryor has told New York Post's Bart Hubbuch that the New York Jets "really seemed interested" in him.

While most draft evaluators have the Jets selecting a wide receiver at No.18, it's interesting to hear that Pryor could be a potential option. The Jets already had the Louisville prospect in for an official visit prior to the draft.
Tue, May 6, 2014 06:06:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes the Green Bay Packers should target Louisville S Calvin Pryor in the draft.

"Thompson is likely to target a speedy, instinctive defender in the early rounds," Rang wrote. Rang mentions that "the 2014 crop isn't equipped to handle the need" and Pryor would instantly fill that need for the Packers. "Pryor has excellent read and react skills which allow him to close quickly and deliver thunderous hits." Pryor has speed and instincts to cover a ton of ground in coverage, but isn't afraid to get dirty and come down and make tackles in the box. The Packers desperately need to upgrade the back end of their defense and Pryor could be the type of athlete Thompson is looking for.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 02:58:00 PM

Louisville S Calvin Pryor is scheduled to visit the Saints, Bengals and Jets this week, according to's Gil Brandt.

The Saints visit is taking place on Monday. Despite playing a good amount of free safety in school, Pryor could be seen as a prospect who thrives in physical situations. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix appears to be locked in as the top safety, with Pryor and Jimmie Ward battling it out for the next spot.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 12:49:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that Louisville S Calvin Pryor will be a "priority" for the Lions if he drops into Day 2.

This is no doubt accurate, but there's two hang-ups here. First, Pryor is expected to go in the first. It's certainly a possibility that he could drop into the second stanza, but that's where the second issue arises: If Pryor falls out of Round 1, he's going to be at or near the top of several teams' boards, and they'll have overnight and into the next day to make a plan to get him. Picking at No. 45 overall in the second, Detroit simply doesn't have much chance barring a trade up. And, heck, a different swap might preclude them from even selecting in the second round -- a hypothetical Sammy Watkins trade would undoubtedly make this selection property of a different franchise.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 05:59:00 PM

Louisville S Calvin Pryor ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.98 seconds at Louisville's pro day on Monday.

He elected to keep the rest of his testing numbers from the combine. "Pryor doesn’t test well in the drills, but plays way above his testing numbers on the field," observed's Gil Brandt. "By that I mean he breaks on the ball real well, has very good hands to make interceptions and is tough. There were three consecutive games last season in which he made a tackle on a guy and that player did not return to the game. Pryor will be a first-round draft pick and turn into a very good player in the NFL."
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 08:47:00 PM

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Louisville's Calvin Pryor is "a bigger version of Bob Sanders."

High praise indeed from the respected evaluator, who ranks Pryor as his top safety prospect. Though Pryor manned free safety for the Cardinals, Mayock believes he possesses the versatility to handle strong as well. Pryor "flies to the football, and he's always around the football," said Mayock.'s Daniel Jeremiah respects Pryor's physical play: "Every tape you put in, you see violent collisions."
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 08:13:00 PM

Louisville S Calvin Pryor ran an official 4.58 forty at the NFL Combine.

Pryor ran two unofficial times of 4.60 and 4.62, so he is one of the few prospects whose official time was better than the unofficial. He also posted a 10 yard split of 1.59 seconds, 18 bench press reps, 34.5 inch vertical jump and 9 foot 8 inch broad jump. Pryor measured in at 5 foot 11 and 1/8 inches, 207 pounds, and 31 and 3/8 inch arms.
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Louisville's Calvin Pryor ranks as NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock's top S.

Pryor is followed by Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. FSU's Lamarcus Joyner, NIU's Jimmie Ward and Washington State's Deone Bucannon rounds out the top five. Clinton-Dix has been slotted above all other safeties for most of the season, but Pryor is making a surge as of late. The Louisville product has a real shot of being the top safety off the board.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 03:16:00 PM

A big safety battle between Louisville's Calvin Pryor and Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is looming at the combine, according to's Mike Huguenin.

"Is [Pryor] the best safety in the draft? Most say that moniker belongs to Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who like Pryor is a Florida native. Can Pryor outperform Clinton-Dix at the combine?" wrote Huguenin. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Pryor dishes out pad-rattling hits from center field, but his speed and athleticism will be questioned until he silences concerns. If Pryor puts on a show at the combine, he'll assure himself of a first-round slot.
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 05:49:00 PM

Former Louisville (and current Texas) defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said Louisville S Calvin Pryor had a three-game streak last year of knocking someone out of a game.

"He had three games in a row where he hit somebody and they did not finish the game," Bedford said. "He doesn't want to injure anybody, but he brings a certain physicality that if you're going to throw the ball down the middle of the field, you're going to pay a price." With hard-hitting safeties such as Seattle's Kam Chancellor all the rage in the NFL right now, Pryor's physical skill set could propel him further up draft boards than he might have been in year's past. "Calvin Pryor reminds me of a bigger Mike Brown," Bedford said, recalling the former Bears safety whom Bedford coached as Chicago's DB's coach from 1999 to 2004. "He was a coach on the football field. ... That's what makes great players. Understanding the entire defense. Calvin Pryor is a lot like that."
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 05:39:00 PM

Some NFL teams rank Louisville's Calvin Pryor over Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at S, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Don't assume Clinton-Dix of Bama is a lock to be the top safety taken," Kiper tweeted. "Really close for me." Pryor was asked to play a lot of single high safety at Louisville, forcing him to cover plenty of ground which ended in late contact after the catch. We think he fits better closer to the line of scrimmage. Pryor is extremely aggressive in his angles and tends to miss a few open field tackles in each game.
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 03:10:00 PM

USA Today's Nate Davis has Louisville junior Calvin Pryor as his No. 2 safety.

Davis has Calvin Pryor landing with the Philadelphia Eagles at the No. 22 spot. His No. 1 rated safety on the board is Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, going to the St. Louis Rams at the No. 13 spot. If an NFL team is looking for a polished player, with great football IQ and big name, they're probably going to lean towards Clinton-Dix. However, Pryor brings a certain physicality to the table, and is a perfect blend of size, speed,and play making ability. Don't be surprised if Pryor is the first safety to have his name called on draft day.
Source: USA Today
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 01:55:00 PM's Daniel Jeremiah ranks Louisville junior S Calvin Pryor as the top prospect at his position.

Pryor checks in at No. 14 overall. Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who is widely considered the top prospect at the position, is listed just behind Pryor at No. 15. Pryor did not receive a lot of attention during the season, likely because many did not expect him to declare, but he has interchangeable safety skills and should be a first-round pick at a position that lacks talent in the NFL.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 10:13:00 AM

Louisville junior S Calvin Pryor is the No. 1 safety on a few boards, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pryor declared for the draft after Louisville's bowl win in December. He's an absolute thumper, perhaps the hardest-hitting safety prospect. Pryor closes aggressively from the back half to fill running lanes and is an enforcer over the middle.'s Daniel Jeremiah called Pryor "a stud" in a column last week. The Cardinals' star reminds us a bit of Jonathan Cyprien.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 10:31:00 AM