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Jets select S Calvin Pryor

With the No. 18 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jets selected safety Calvin Pryor out of Louisville.

“He fits us. He fits our profile,” Jets GM John Idzik said about Pryor. “He has range, makes plays.”

The 21-year-old Pryor is listed at 5 feet 11 inches and 207 pounds.

“This young man is an enforcer,” Rex Ryan said of his new safety.

Pryor is considered one of the hardest hitters in the draft and possibly the top safety in the draft (NFL). Pryor made 218 tackles in his three seasons at Louisville. He had seven interceptions over his collegiate career, three in his junior season. Pryor had two forced fumbles last season, too.

“This kid… we think is special,” Ryan said.

He missed just one game due to a violation of an unspecified team rule.

“I’ve always been a hard hitter,” Pryor said. “Every team has a wide receiver or a tight end that is a tough match up, but I look forward to the competition.”

This is the fifth draft in a row that the Jets have taken a defensive player with their first round pick.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

USATSI_7904557_110579513_lowresRex Ryan has never valued the safety position as high as he has corner, but Rex Ryan isn’t the loudest voice in the draft room anymore. That voice belongs to John Idzik and he saw the success of the Legion of Boom in Seattle. It’s hard to argue with the results. Pryor himself told reporters in Radio City that he models his game after Kam Chancellor, member of the Legion.

Pryor played a lot of one-high safety in his time in college at Louisville and the Cardinals used Pryor in very deep one-high safety sets quite often. Pryor’s highlight reel is the stuff of internet legend, but take into account that the new Jet played so deep that some of those bone-crunchers were at full speed. It doesn’t diminish the physicality with which Pryor plays, it’s just the speed at which he was ringing bells in college might not be an exact duplicate now that he’s moving to the NFL.

The Jets are in desperate need of a coverage safety and while the second corner spot was an area of concern, deploying Pryor in help situations as the one-high safety is tailor-made for Rex Ryan’s scheme. Pryor will fit right in, play the vocal leader on the team’s back end of the defense and help direct traffic for the secondary.

Before tonight’s pick, the Jets were going to be a good defense, but adding Pryor to this unit ties the secondary together nicely and puts a bow on what the front seven already is. This now will allow the Jets to deploy Antonio Allen in his natural box-safety role and the Jets might have just locked down three quarters of their secondary for years to come.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

This was mildly surprising, although I do feel that the perceived desperation to upgrade at the receiver and cornerback position was somewhat overblown.  Pryor doesn’t have elite measurables, but his range looks good and he can obviously hit.  He should fit nicely into the group of young guys they have back there.  He’s a better prospect than the last Louisville safety the Jets drafted (Kerry Rhodes) and that guy made a pretty good impact here.

While I will be understandably crestfallen if this pick means Ed Reed won’t be back for a second season, if Pryor lives up to his potential we’re going to love him.  Expect to hear the Jets say he was one of the top guys on their board any time now…




490 comments
Chris Hughes
Chris Hughes

Good pick, chance for WR In 2nd rd. I'd like to see them take Amaro

Bryan Tonkin
Bryan Tonkin

They have 11 more picks! You cant fill all needs in first round c'mon now people

towlie22
towlie22

If they kept L. Landry at what I thought was a reasonable price they could have taken Cooks or Dennard. I am getting nervous that the cb and wr problems will not be sufficiently addressed. As for the OL and te issues I think they can get by with what they have, but cb and wr must be improved. Unfortunately that is what free agency is for.

Terry Carroll
Terry Carroll

You people are on here drinking the Jets Kool-Aid already? We get a CB and WR and we are good???? Good for what....maybe another 8-8 season? The Jets have drafted defensive players in the 1st round the past 5 years, and when you watch them on tape you would not know that. I get confused when i read people think our offensive line is in good shape. Both D'brick and Mangold are on the decline and the OG position on this team is an utter joke. I am an Idzik fan but the fact that he didnt go out and get a CB this offseason and they have the money available makes me sick (Verner). 



Hazard2012
Hazard2012

OK.  We got a top S, and suspect we'll get our CB tomorrow.   Let's consider the secondary an almost done deal.   


Today should be about weapons, but the OL and LB could also rear their heads because one could argue that if Idzik doesn't get a road-grader or edge rusher here he doesn't get an immediate impact one at all.      


Got to think They'll go hunting for a WR now, but with so much talent at that position still on board he might not have to move up to get it.   


Does Idzik wait in the weeds to move up?  Stand pat?   Move down to grab an extra third rounder?     

johnsec125
johnsec125

i only lost 3 names off my draft projection list.

Danny Rios
Danny Rios

I like the pick but we need weapons for Geno TE or WR needs to be next pick

jetlife
jetlife

So assuming Pryor is a Day 1 starter, that leaves the other safety spot for Allen? I liked what we saw in spurts last year, but does he have the range to cover deep is what I am questioning.

johnsec125
johnsec125

was it me, or did ebron look like he was pissed that he was picked by the lions?

dgdg
dgdg

Woke up here in Paris to a surprise but I think a sensible one.  I wanted Dennard bad.  That said, a safety like Pryor makes a lot of sense.  Don't be surprised if they ring up more defense before turning to offense, although I must say that Seferien-Jenkins really, really intrigues me.  

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

Was less surprised by the pick of Pryor than I was by their passing on both Cooks and Dennard --- presumed top players on their board --- to take him.   Also disappointed that, with these three guys, plus Dix, Manziel and Teddy, etc., among others still available that Idzik didn't move down a few spots knowing he'd still be assured of getting Pryor.   That's the big head-scratcher for me.

Brendan
Brendan

These FB comments are the tits. 

jetsfan65
jetsfan65

Jaygo- How is getting a franchise qb who falls into your lap a circus?

Bytor
Bytor

@jaygo  Agreed, and this defense is going to thump. I always thought they'd go wr, te, cb, but not necessarily in that order. Maybe they put back end(cb/s) lower on the priority list now and focus on offense. I can still see them pulling the trigger on olb if there's crazy value at our pick in the second.

Brendan
Brendan

@jetlife  See, I started pulling up combine #'s and stuff after this pick, and I noticed that Allen and Pryor are very similar. 


210 pounds vs. 207 pounds

4.58 40 vs. 4.58 40

1.60 10-yard split vs. 1.58 10-yard split

34" vertical vs. 34.5" vertical

9'10" broad vs. 9'8" broad

4.25 shuttle vs. 4.30 shuttle

7.02 3-cone vs. 6.98 3-cone


I remember when Rex first got here we talked a ton about how Rex wanted safeties that could play both roles, that way the offense would have a hard time reading their intent pre-snap. 


Well, two guys with good range who can also come downhill like a freight train strike me as those hybrid safeties that we talked about then. 


They may not be that high on Allen, but if they are it's something interesting to think about. 

Brendan
Brendan

@johnsec125  Here's a quote from him: 


Asked the first thing that comes to mind about the city of Detroit, Ebron said, “Detroit. I don’t really know much about the city of Detroit. I mean, I’ve seen ‘8 Mile,’ but that’s about it.”

dgdg
dgdg

@Hazard2012  Really depends on what others were offering and how high a priority they had Pryor on their list.  Was big on Dennard & liked Cook.  I have confidence that they will continue to hit their spots of need and a true FS who wasn't on the backside of his career (Reed) was a real need.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100  This was posted by Bent, directed at you, 20 minutes ago. 


"Really?  All I've heard is that he's a natural free safety and that seems evident from the footage.  Sure he's capable of playing in the box, but Rex said he doesn't match up in direct coverage very often, which suggests a free safety role.


Maybe the experts you're listening to are falling into the age-old "he's a good tackler so he must be a strong safety" misconception."

Cordell C
Cordell C

Brendan what do u think of the pick

jetlife
jetlife

@Brendan  I will be honest, it crossed my mind how much confidence they have in Allen to go out and make this pick, especially now after looking at those measurables. WIll be interesting to watch.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Everyone last night was saying expect for him to start. 

dgdg
dgdg

@jake100 @jetlife  I think Rex is gonna match to situation.  He also used a lot of three safety sets last year.

dgdg
dgdg

@Brendan @johnsec125  Welcome to a city in massive bankruptcy where they may sell all the significant contents of their art museum.  Yeah, I'd be bummed too.

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@dgdg @Hazard2012  


I like Pryor, except he'll have to learn how not to hit people in the NFL to avoid lots of penalties, and Ed Reed is the perfect guy to help teach him.   Think that Idzik will add a quality CB or two tomorrow to bolster the secondary, but we still need weapons, so lets hope they get a couple today.

Brendan
Brendan

@Cordell C  Short and sweet version: 


I like that they addressed the back end. I trust Rex more than I trust myself in rating defensive players, and it seems they would have taken this guy earlier if they were in that situation. 


Overall, I'm happy. Now get a WR today (preferably in R2) and start filling in the roster. 

Bytor
Bytor

@bklyndude @Bytor @jaygo  Man I think we're going to come up with a bunch of nicknames for this defense. I really believe they will be special, at least top 5. I hope we get some TE help as well as one explosive offensive weapon.

dgdg
dgdg

@jetlife @Brendan  I thought Allen had improved a lot last year and it was a shame when he got shelved when the team signed Reed.  In the optimal world, Landry & Allen would have shared responsibilities more.  Allen looked a bit lost once Reed came on.

jetlife
jetlife

@Brendan I guess what I am trying to say is I fully expect him to get calls regardless of if he actually leads with his head, propels himself high, etc. I think the speed and ferocity of his hits will draw calls strictly just to draw calls. I think refs will trend towards throwing more flags, even if they are not illegal hits. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jetlife See, I somewhat disagree. Digging into his film now, and he UNLOADS on guys, but he's never flailing, fully extending himself or aiming high. He goes for the numbers and keeps himself compact. I'm actually amazed at how skillful his big hits look for someone that has the "reckless" label. 

jetlife
jetlife

@Cordell C  I fully expect Pryor to draw a lot of 15 yard penalties. It's more a reflection of the times, rather than intent.  His play is a bit reckless, which will be fun to watch, but has its consequences.

Cordell C
Cordell C

They call the defensiveless receiver thing in college and they also get ejected for leading with the head and launching yourself Pryor hits hard but leads with his shoulders or forearm despite what people are saying doubt he gets too many flags

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@Brendan @Hazard2012  


It makes total sense now to bring Ed back.   I've said before I think he's more valuable as a coach now than a player, but you gotta believe Rex and Idzik saw the second-coming of Ed Reed in Pryor, which is why they picked him.   

Brendan
Brendan

@Hazard2012 God, I hope they bring Reed back. 

"Hey, kid, come watch how to be the GOAT." 


I am a firm believer in the learn-by-osmosis. 

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@Brendan @jake100  


I'd expect him to start, as well, with Ed Reed maybe sharing the duties for a while, to help Pryor make the transition to the next level and clean up some of the hits he'll be flagged for in the NFL. 

boomer
boomer

@Brendan @jake100  “My first two years at Louisville, I played mostly in the middle of the field. But after becoming a playmaker, causing fumbles, getting interceptions, coaches started moving me around having the ability to play all over the place.”

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 So you're saying Bent is wrong? 


Because aside from the talking heads (who don't watch the film), most experts say he has all the ability to be a FS, has shown that skill on the field, but was just used in a mostly-attacking role. 

Cordell C
Cordell C

I love the pick been talking about a safety for a while the position wasn't deep we can still find starters at wr te and cb later there are no more starter caliber safety's left