Rookie FB Lonnie Pryor, Key Piece for Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars decided to sign former Florida State fullback, Lonnie Pryor, to a contract shortly after the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft. Many expected Pryor to be selected in the later rounds of the draft, and the Jaguars quickly acted upon the opportunity to sign a valuable undrafted free agent.
After Jacksonville parted ways with long time fullback, Greg Jones, they decided to tap into the Seminole talent pool once again. Like Jones, Pryor is a former FSU running back, who smoothly made the transition into a versatile fullback role.
Pryor is a solid pass protector, and is also effective catching the ball out of the backfield. He also flashed some of his running ability during his senior season, rushing for 376 yards and eight touchdowns.
Some may believe he lacks the ideal size of a NFL lead blocker. Pryor stands six feet tall, and weighs around 230 pounds. However, he is a fearless blocker, who is willing to throw his body into oncoming defenders. If he can add some bulk to his frame and remain healthy, Pryor could develop into one of the more well rounded and effective fullbacks in the league. In a game that is shying away from Pryor’s position, his versatility is a large positive for his future.
Pryor will compete with Will Ta’ufo’ou for the Jaguars’ starting fullback position. Though it may not be highly publicized, this battle will be one of the more compelling stories to follow throughout training camp.
If Pryor can win a roster spot and the starting role, he should be a valuable aspect of the Jaguars offense in 2013.