The Philadelphia Eagles and general manager Howie Roseman have been coy as usual about which way their are going in the 2014 NFL Draft. They pick at 22, and in all likelihood, the premium pass rushers and cornerbacks will be well off the board by then.
While a trade up is possible for the always aggressive Eagles, I get the feeling that they want to keep their picks and take advantage of the incredible depth this draft features, with a record number of underclassmen declaring.
If the Eagles do stay put, the choice is easy given this kid is still on the board, that kid being Calvin Pryor. Pryor can do it all from the safety spot. He can hit, he can cover, he can make plays on the ball. Add that to the fact that he does it in a 6-foot-2, 210 pound frame that he uses every inch of, and you have the prototypical safety for this defense.
Make no mistake about it, Pryor is an enforcer in the back end. Receivers and tight ends alligator armed balls when they were in his presence. Having a safety who intimidates an offense clearly can affect what an offense wants to do, as we saw in the Super Bowl.
Pryor would be a great start on the path to rebuilding this Eagles secondary. For too many seasons fans have had to endure patch work veterans and underwhelming project type players at the safety position.
It is time to be aggressive in getting a proven, NFL ready guy who can step in right away and be a play maker. Pryor is the man for that job.