The Jets have signed first-round draft pick Calvin Pryor, the team announced.
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.
Pryor did not participate in OTAs due to a tooth issue (TJB, May 28).
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comSheldon Richardson joked about Pryor getting to practice, but Pryor wouldn’t be the first rookie to have tooth issues. Last year, Richardson himself was sidelined with some dental distress. The hope here is that tooth issues as a Jet rookie translate to DROY awards.
The slotting system, of course, has made signing rookies much simpler since the new CBA was signed back in 2011. The Jets are expecting good things from their first rounder, making him the team’s sixth first rounder on defense since 2010. Pryor will help to overhaul the Jets secondary and do so in a way that will benefit the Rex Ryan scheme. Safeties haven’t been a priority for Ryan’s defense over the years, but with the influx of spread and hybrid offenses and the requisite “F” receivers that accompany them, Pryor will be well positioned to play an important role for Ryan’s defense.