Overview: Louisville Safety Calvin Pryor would be a great pick for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2014 NFL Draft. NFL.com profiles Pryor as a “lights-out hitter” with enough range to play center-field on the back end.
The strength of the 5-11, 207lb. Pryor’s game is in run support, and punishing receivers after they catch the ball. Pairing Calvin Pryor with Eric Berry would give the Chiefs one of the best run-support duos from the back end in the entire NFL.
CBSSports.com raves about Pryor’s ball skills, but is concerned his aggressive nature will draw penalties in an NFL determined to improve player safety by penalizing hard-hitting defenders.
Calvin Pryor’s weakness is that his college system rarely asked him to play in man coverage. He has little experience matching up with slot receivers or tight-ends. He also was suspended from one start in 2013 for an unspecified violation of team rules.
He will need to learn to play with more discipline and work on his coverage skills in the NFL. Still, his ability as a back-end enforcer make will make Calvin Pryor an asset for almost any NFL defense.
40 Yd Dash: 4.58
Vertical: 34.5 in
Broad: 9′ 7″
Bench: 18 reps
Draft Projection: Calvin Pryor is likely to go in the middle of the 1st round. Whether he, or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the first safety off the board will depend on team needs. Again, the problem is that Pittsburgh and Philadelphia also need safety help and pick before the Chiefs. If Calvin Pryor is available at the Kansas City Chiefs’ no. 23 selection in the 1st round, they will need to take him to fill the team’s biggest need.