Safety Calvin Pryor isn’t just any other ordinary athlete who enjoys playing his style of defense. Pryor is known to be a tackling machine who enjoys creating turnovers and having his team capitalize on them. The New York Jets are projected to draft a cornerback in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but as always, you never know what will transpire once that timer starts. There is absolutely a need for the Jets to have a strong draft, especially when new top additions to their defense.
The Jets have yet to spend a pick on a star safety in the early rounds of the draft and might break that tradition this year. Pryor spent years at Louisville perfecting his craft as a fast safety who forces fumbles to give his team great field advantage. He would easily bring that to the Jets’ defensive secondary and help contribute heavily on defense.
Over the past two years, Pryor had some impressive stats in the college football scene, accumulating 175 tackles to make him second best on the team, he also forced seven fumbles. Those are pretty solid numbers that can easily translate well in the NFL, especially on the Jets’ defense. Pryor is also an excellent blitzer since he had 27 pressures on opposing quarterbacks. While he recorded no sacks, his ability to create pressure resulted in plenty of defensive stops.
Pryor is definitely a player the Jets should take an investment in. They actually set up a pre-draft visit with Pryor, so it will be interesting to see what happens come draft weekend. One thing is for sure, he is exactly the kind of player who would enjoy much success on the Jets’ man-to-man style of defense, especially under head coach Rex Ryan and his vision of the definition “shutdown.”