Here’s what Pryor, Idzik, Ryan and Bradway had to say about the draft pick…

Calvin Pryor, John Idzik, Rex Ryan and Terry Bradway all spoke about the Jets’ pick of the Louisville safety. Read what they had to say below…

Safety Calvin Pryor

On what he did to celebrate being drafted…

After the draft I just went to the 40/40 Club and just shared this moment with my friends and my family. We all just had a chance to sit down, talk about some things, grab food and just reflect on the moment.

On what they talked about…

Just how proud they were of me. I came so far, and the man I have become today. Just thinking back a couple years back I was in high school, just running around, didn’t know what I was going to do, and now just to have this chance to play in the National Football League is a dream come true of mine.

On if he knew he was going to pursue playing football in college while in high school…

I was all over the place because I played baseball and I played basketball so I really didn’t have an idea of what I really wanted to do. But around about my junior year when I started getting recruited heavily in football, I felt like that was my best opportunity. I just ran with it.

On what positions he played in baseball and basketball…

I played centerfield and point guard.

On what about visiting the Jets made him feel like he fit…

First, it was just the way they are as people. I feel like Coach (Rex) Ryan and the GM (John Idzik) are just tremendous guys. They can relate to people really well. And with Coach Ryan, he’s a defensive coach. The Jets over the year, as far as I’ve known them, has been defense. That was the main thing.

On if he felt different with the Jets than with other teams…

Somewhat. But I’ve had a chance to watch the Jets to play over the years and had a chance, (former Louisville) Coach (Charlie) Strong, he’s real good friends with Coach Ryan so he told me a lot about Coach Ryan when I told him I had a visit with the Jets. That’s the reason I went to the University of Louisville, because Coach Strong, he’s a defensive coach. He was like, “You’re getting the same guy.” So I felt like it was a great opportunity coming here.

On what Coach Strong told him about Coach Ryan…

Just (that) he’s a great person. He wants to see you do your best. He’s a defensive genius. He’s going to allow you to make plays on the field. But most importantly, he just wants you to be yourself.

On the similarities of the Louisville defense and the Jets defense…

Our basic coverages. We ran a lot of cover-six and fire zones in college and I feel like they do the same thing here. They mix a lot of things up, different adjustments. But for the most part it’s the same thing.

On his coverage skills…

I’m very confident in my ability, first and foremost. I feel like I have the complete package as a safety. Most people know me as a hard-hitting safety because I had a few hard hits in college. But when you watch my film, you see that playmaking ability that jumps out at you, a guy that’s flying around and has passion for the game.

On if he followed any safeties growing up…

I’m a big fan of Brian Dawkins. My uncle went to Clemson and he’s told me a lot about Brian Dawkins when he was coming through Clemson. Just to have a chance to watch him play for the Eagles growing up, he was a hard-hitting safety as well. But he was very intelligent as well. I don’t want to say I try to pattern my game after him, but he’s the one guy who I most watched growing up.

On whether his uncle played in the NFL…

No, he didn’t.

On what his uncle’s name is…

Perez Davis.

On whether he worries about the NFL’s strict rules on helmet-to-helmet contact…

I’m not. Coach Ryan just said, “Just be yourself.” In college I had clean hits, I used my shoulder pads and I don’t lead with my helmet. So, if I just continue to do the same thing I’m pretty sure we won’t have a problem.

On the feeling of delivering a hard, clean hit…

I don’t really know how to describe it because when you see an impact like that and someone goes down like that, first you wonder, ‘Is he ok?’ That’s the type of person I am. I care for people. But, at the same time football is a physical and a tough game. You have to compete at a very high level and you have to play fearless. But, just describing the feeling, I don’t really know how to describe the feeling.

On whether he has every gotten knocked out in his football career…

I haven’t.

On whether he feels that a big hit can impact the tone of a game…

Of course. It definitely can set the tone of the game. And most receivers and quarterbacks, guys on the offensive side of the ball, they don’t like being hit like that. So, when you see someone have an impact like that and can be very physical on defense and knock guys out, it can become an intimidation factor.

On whether he noticed in the Super Bowl the way the Seattle Seahawks defensive backs were intimidating the Denver Broncos…

I did. The Seattle Seahawks they have a great secondary. You’ve got Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, (Richard) Sherman, all those guys. I believe when you’re flying around like that and everyone’s getting to the ball and just playing physical and having an impact on defense, you can create intimidation and put fear into opponents.

On what he likes about the Jets defense…

Just the way they fly around and get after it. The Jets, they’re a very gritty, very aggressive defense and that’s my style of play.

On whether he had an injury that prevented him from working out at the combine…

Yeah, I stubbed my toe when I was doing position work.

On whether the injury was serious…

Nothing serious.

On how he would describe his hometown of Port St. Joe, FL.…

Very small town. We have two stop lights I believe. So, coming to the city of New York is going to be different, but that’s the place (that) made who I am today. Everything I’ve gotten to this point has been earned not given, so I’m proud to say I’m from Port St. Joe, FL.

On who he brought to the draft…

I brought my parents, my two sisters, my daughter, my nephew, and I had my aunts, my cousins, my uncles. So, I think I had around 30 family members here.

On his plan for the next week…

I’ll head back home this afternoon and have a chance to sit down with my parents and continue to celebrate this moment. Then I will be back up here Monday morning, I believe, to go back to work.

On if he was worried about where he might go last night…

I felt very confident that the Jets would select me if I was still on the board.

On if it was a nerve-racking night at all…

It wasn’t, because at the end of the night I couldn’t control that. All I could do was be patient and wait on my time.

On what he wonders most about life in the NFL…

First, just stepping onto that field on Sunday and knowing that you’re going against the best of the best. At the same time you have to be professional. So I just want to see how guys carry themselves and how they go about things and (I want to) pick up and learn different things from those guys.

On the difference he can make in his first season…

I hope to come in and be a great teammate and just help out in any way I can and just improve on the backend. I look forward to meeting these guys and going to work with them. Hopefully we can develop and grow as a team. I know we have a young team and I look forward to what the future is going to be like.

On facing some of the best quarterbacks in the league…

Yeah, I know I will be facing Tom Brady twice a year and Eli Manning and those guys. I have my teammates that are going to support me and help me out, so it’s not only me. As a team we’re going to do it collectively and get the job done and win the ball game.

On if he has had a chance to talk to any of his new teammates…

Yeah, Bilal Powell reached out to me, he’s from the University of Louisville, and I’m sure I’ll hear from Johnny Patrick and the other guys on the team. I haven’t really had a chance to talk to anyone, just chit-chat here and there.

On if he was a fan of any team growing up…

I wasn’t. Growing up, I rarely watched the NFL. I really didn’t start watching the NFL until my first year in college.

On if he is a sports fan…

Yeah, I am a huge basketball fan.

On his favorite basketball team…

Miami Heat. Champions.

On if he has a relationship with Brian Dawkins…

I never had a chance to meet him, but hopefully one day I will have a chance to meet him and pick his brain a little bit and just let him know that he is a big inspiration of mine.

GM John Idzik

Opening Statement…

JOHN IDZIK:  Obviously (we’re) very excited with our first round pick, Calvin Pryor from Louisville. We had a great opportunity to get to know (him) better, to get to know him a little bit better in the waning moments of our preparation. We had multiple eyes on him live. All three of us here got to see him live. (We) went to his workout. (He) happened to be one of our 30 visits, so we did a lot of homework on Calvin. He fits us. He fits our profile. He’s a physical presence on the field. He has range. (He) makes plays. (He) creates turnovers. He just plays like a Jet. So, very happy to have Calvin on board.

On whether there is concern about a player’s long term durability who hits like Pryor at his size…

IDZIK: No, not really. It certainly hadn’t been his history. He usually inflicts it instead of receives it. Some guys are just thin. When you look at his body type, his build, he’s a nice sturdy, thick frame, so the measurables don’t always tell the story. It’s really his flection, his ability to uncoil and the thickness, in particular his lower body. So, we don’t have a concern that way.

On whether selecting QB Johnny Manziel was a consideration…

IDZIK: We won’t get into who was a consideration. Suffice it to say, we stuck to our philosophy, we stuck to our board and Calvin was our guy.

On whether teams were calling about trading for the 18th selection…

IDZIK: Yeah, we fielded plenty of calls. We fielded plenty of calls and, of course, we’ve kept the phone lines open pretty much, but then once we saw that was (not) possibility, we knew that we we’re going to pick Calvin.

On whether this selection was an example where the draft board married up with a team need…

IDZIK: I guess you could say that. I think the overriding factor is he was the best player in our eyes and again, it’s touching on our profile as a Jet, he fits it. Once he was available, it was a pretty easy pick for us.

On if the team is done with the draft for the evening…

IDZIK: We’re always open minded. In fact, that is why I stepped out. We will always be open minded.

On whether he made calls tonight as well…

IDZIK: We did both, yes.

On the value of Pryor on the draft board…

IDZIK: Again, we won’t get into the specifics or relative values or anything like that. It suffices to say that this was a pretty easy selection, once he was available, when we were on the clock, this was the guy we wanted.

On why the selection took so long…

IDZIK: We’ll always take the elapsed time or close to it, just in case someone calls in and offers something that is pretty attractive.

On if he knew they wanted to pick defense tonight…

IDZIK: No, we didn’t limit it to one side of the ball. It was really just sticking to our board and taking who we thought was the best player.

On the new hitting rules and balancing Pryor’s hard hitting…

IDZIK: I guess you would rather have that problem, a hitter that you would have to idle back a little bit, and I don’t think he’s going to have to idle at all. He’ll learn technique at this level. In viewing his tape, when he gets the impact hits, they aren’t illegal hits, they’re just hard hits. We like having that style of play on our side.

On who went to his Pro Day…

IDZIK: A lot of us. We spread out. But like I said, a lot of us saw this kid. We saw him at his pro day, we had him in for a visit. We had several school visits, so we thought we had a pretty good look on Calvin.

On if Ryan was at his pro day…

IDZIK: We’re not going to get into attendance.

On ESPN showing him at Calvin Pryor’s pro day…

IDZIK: Someone that looked like me (was). That was Nicholas Cage. (joking)

Head Coach Rex Ryan

On the evaluation on Pryor…

REX RYAN: I think John (Idzik) had told me about Calvin during the year. He said, “Hey, I just saw a guy that you’re going to absolutely love.” The first series of a game, he chases a guy down for a hit for a loss. Then he gets the knock out hit on a running back. He knocks the guy cold and then he has the one-handed interception against Central Florida, all in one series. I was like, ‘That was a pretty good start,’ I think when I watched it. The thing that I’m excited about is, John hits it on the head, this young man plays like a Jet. We pride ourselves in being a physical football team and he fits that profile. This young man is an enforcer. You see how some of those kind of plays and hits and everything else, how it can impact the game. All you have to do is look at the Super Bowl and the play of (Seattle Seahawks SS Kam) Chancellor back there, and (FS) Earl Thomas. It’s how we want to play defense and I think this young man is going to step in and fit right in with the guys that we already have.

On Pryor’s coverage skills…

RYAN: I think as far as the man coverage and all that kind of stuff, I don’t think he played as much man as you would think, but this young man’s got plenty of cover skills. He’s got range, he’s got hands for the interception, so you can play him and you see him. He can play deep, he can play up, all those types of things. When we all looked at him, evaluated him, we knew he had plenty of cover skills.

On why they chose a safety over a corner…

RYAN: I think when you look at the way we set up the board, we evaluate the player’s talent, regardless of position. Clearly this young man is, we think is special, when you take all of the attributes, his cover skills. Believe me, there is a huge thing with his hitting ability; big hits still win games. They’ll flip the momentum of a game faster than anything in my opinion, and I’ve always said that and this young man will provide that for us.

On a player in the past that Pryor reminds him of…

RYAN: He reminds me of somebody, but I don’t want to saddle him with that. I’m just happy we have him.

On Pryor being a LaRon Landry type…

RYAN: Well, LaRon certainly had some huge hits, there’s no question about that. I’m not going to say who we compare him to, but LaRon certainly was an enforcer himself.

On what this selection means for Antonio Allen…

RYAN: Well,I think just for us in general, we like good football players and we’re going to use them all just as we always have. Antonio Allen is doing a tremendous job and I thinkhe’ll be ready to do some interesting things for us this year. His big thing was the position change from what he did in college to the NFL. We knew that would take a little time, and I think actually he’s sped that process up a little faster than maybe anticipated. I really look forward to seeing what he does.

On when Idzik told Ryan about Pryor…

RYAN: This was after he went to a game. He said he saw a young man that I would love. It was during the season, when John was on the road watching. It was Central Florida, I believe.

Senior Personnel Executive Terry Bradway

On what 40 time the team had on Pryor…

TERRY BRADWAY: We had him in the upper four-fives, but he plays the game at least at that speed or faster. It was never a question of range, getting to the ball. He’s a guy that can make big plays. He forces fumbles. He recovers fumbles. He’s had sacks. He’s had interceptions. We saw the highlights of a couple of the ones, like the one he had against UCF was huge in the end zone. He’s a play maker, so he plays the game fast. When we evaluate players, one of our criteria is play speed and he graded favorably in that area.




17 comments
kniff
kniff

I'm feeling confident about the Decker/Amaro combination, and add to that good old Kerley, and a not much talked about ramped up RB corps, and I think we have every reason to expect some spectacular play this coming preseason, and silence the neigh sayers... Maybe Hill will go parabolic... who knows??


New blood over the past two drafts augmented by possible camp cuts, and this 2014 O line could also very well surprise even the most pragmatic Jets fans.


Idzik and Rex have cured my "dulled out on our Offense" blues... Just hope it sticks bros!!

jdb4
jdb4

So if my count was correct, 11 people had Pryor in the projection contest.

nesboogie
nesboogie

trade up for another 2nd or 3rd, and draft a WR/TE, CB, and OLB

snacks
snacks

I think 2nd pick has to be offense.  Not a big fan of Amaro.  I like Sefarian-Jenkins more.  For Wrs, it would be awesome if we got Latimer or Robinson.  Either 1 of these 3 would be great.  Of course, it wouldn't surprise me if the Jets took Guard Xavier Su'a-Filo if he's there.  Third round, Gotta take a CB.  Desir or Gaines.

a57se
a57se

Sounds like an Idzik pick all the way.......

boozer
boozer

"IDZIK: Someone that looked like me (was). That was Nicholas Cage. (joking)"


Haha.  I had no idea he could tell a joke.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Here i was ticked at the Giants for getting ODB.  Then the Jets pick a defensive player?

Since then, I've been reading and hearing about Pryor, it's all good, but...............................

We need a WR that can make some plays.

Please  make it happen.

Bytor
Bytor

@Lloyd Jay Reife  My captain obvious statement - I'm sure if Watkins or Evans fell to them they'd draft them. Once they were gone, I think WR in round 1 went out the window. They may not even address WR until the 4th round or later. I guess if Moncrief or Latimer fell to them in the 3rd they'd think long and hard.

__fense
__fense

@Lloyd Jay Reife  The big thing is that WR and CB are the deepest positions in the draft this year. That means that we shouldn't have drafted them in the first round, because we'll be able to get similar players in later rounds (even 3rd and 4th, not just second). We're not going to be able to get a safety anything like Pryor anymore, so it's good that we don't need to. 

NJJDB
NJJDB

Dude, we have six rounds to go still, and plenty of wr/cb/+ talent available. Don't freak out just yet.

jdb4
jdb4

@Bent @jdb4 

Well one person had no name and another had 2 submissions into the contest so I figured you would disqualify both his entries. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@__fense


I'd rather be wrong  than Idzik et al.   My ego isn't  as important  as  Jets wins.