Calvin Pryor is one of the few players in the draft that every team needs to have on their roster. The 5’11” 207 lbs Louisville Cardinal is a game changer. He was a First Team All-American Conference selection. He has the prototypical body type for a safety and has above average top end speed for the position.
Strengths: He plays a tremendously aggressive and almost reckless style that helps be an unbelievable run stopping safety. He is a bone-crushing hitter that has never missed a game due to injury. This exemplifies his intelligence as a run defender. He played running back in high school which helps is remarkable off the ball anticipation and he gets to the ball with his lighting closing speed. He can be trusted to make open-field tackles on a regular basis. Even with his wrecking ball style of play, he is exceptionally disciplined on the field.
Weaknesses: He could be smoother with his feet and hips in pass coverage. His previously mentioned physicality could be in line for gaining attention and flags from referees in the NFL. He was not asked cover slot receivers in college and will have a learner curve trying to cover quick NFL receivers.
Why Pryor is a good fit for the Cardinals in the first round: Pryor is the presence a defense needs to have after it defensive line. The top of the NFC West has outstanding running games and Pryor is exactly the safety that would best help the Cardinals stop the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. Pairing him with the Cardinals pick from last year, Tyrann Mathieu, gives the Cardinals a great pair of off-setting skills at the safety position.
Written by: Nic Amanno
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