Oct 26, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor (25) rushes against the South Florida Bulls during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Draft Grade: New York Jets Select Calvin Pryor

The New York Jets selected safety Calvin Pryor with the 18th in the 2014 NFL draft.

Scheme Fit

Everybody talks about cornerback with the New York Jets defense but it’s easy to forget their safety position is also not settled in the secondary.  Rex Ryan coached the great Ed Reed so it’s natural he would like a true thumper on the back end and that is Calvin Pryor.  Often called a bigger version of Pro Bowler Bob Sanders, he covers ground in a hurry and can deliver bone-crunching, game-changing hits.  He’s also an excellent blitzer, something Ryan covets as well.

My Reaction

I was surprised they didn’t go for Darqueze Dennard but I fully understand the pick.  Stability on the back end means just as much as being able to cover a guy one-on-one.  Some would argue Earl Thomas is more valuable than Richard Sherman.  It feels like the Jets are taking that lesson to heart.  Pryor is a pure hitter, can tackle and has the athletic upside to make that jump to a complete safety.  I like the pick.

Grade:  B+

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