Name: Calvin Pryor
Projected Round: 1-3
*Pre-Combine Numbers, Subject to Change
I like this guy. He knows how to tackle properly. An amazing concept I know, this defense struggles with it. So immediately you gotta like the guy, and I'm talking beautiful form tackles too. But he can lay a nasty hit on a ball carrier if need be, like a lesser version of Berry missiling at somebody. I like that mentality, it carries over into the NFL I think.
Alright now that I've got that out of the way, can he play FS on the Chiefs? Hmmm, that's a good question. Seems like a leader, if Lewis really was our "General" than finding a guy who had that role in college would be a good thing. Routinely you see him motioning guys into the proper position so it seems like that's a Check. He's a junior and he's already graduated at age 21, that's pretty impressive. That and his play on the field shows he may have a brain up there, and that's what a deep Centerfield safety needs. Sometimes the big play isn't necessary, and just being safe gives your defense another chance. His Defense already plays similarly to what we do, 34 fronts, soft man coverage, so that should help I think.
Now athletic ability, he's not Earl Thomas lets get that out of the way right now. I would guess his 40 time is pretty accurate to the one displayed above, seems like he's got a good vertical and has great body awareness I guess you could call it. Can really contort his body in air for the INT. Seems shorter than 6-2 for some reason, and bigger than 208 too. The combine is going to be huge for him, he tests well and he can be a 1st round pick. I'm optimistic he will.
His front 7 was pretty good, I saw 3-4 man rushes getting to the opposing QB a lot. Now, we all know how good a safety can look when pass rushers get to the QB fast so I'm a bit wary about that. He played in a smaller conference so he may take some acclimation to the NFL. Seems well coached though.
Plays a variety of roles at Louisville, a good percentage was Deep Centerfield, but he also was up in the box like a LB about the same amount of time, and sometimes in coverage against WRs. As a SS I felt like he did well, he's very physical so he thrives inside. Has a tendency to get blocked out by lineman though, and doesn't exactly pack as big a punch when he doesn't have a head of steam. Seems like a solid blitzer when asked. At centerfield he was great, didn't allow plays to get behind him too often and seems to have instincts for the position. Had good coverage of the WRs too.
Ultimately he's an enigma, you've gotta ask the questions about his conference, and his athletic ability. He seem like a player that can be all over the field making plays for your team from Centerfield. But he can also take bad angles and allow the ball to get behind him. He shows up to the combine and does well he can definitely be worth the 23rd pick because of his potential for being great.