With the 2014 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, the general consensus in the countless mock drafts I’ve read is that the Kansas City Chiefs will be drafting a wide receiver with the 23rd overall pick. Names like Odell Beckham Jr. and Marquise Lee have been popular names. As well as someone like Brandin Cooks from Oregon State. They are all receivers that are in that second tier, below Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans.
I want to look at a non receiver for a moment however. His name is Calvin Pryor. And he is an absolute stud from the University of Louisville. Standing at 6-2 and weighing around 208 pounds, he possesses ideal size to translate his college success to the pros.
In his last season at Louisville in 2013, Pryor recorded 54 solo tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and also brought in 3 interceptions. He is a magnet to the ball, both in the passing game and the running game. He could provide an excellent skill set to compliment Chiefs All Pro Safety Eric Berry.
Calvin Pryor has seen his stock rise significantly in recent weeks, with many putting him on par or even above Safety Ha ha Clinton-Dix from Alabama. In fact, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. happens to think he has surpassed Clinton-Dix as the overall safety in the 2014 draft.
Mel Kiper Jr. says he will likely give the edge to Louisville’s Calvin Pryor over Bama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as top safety in 2014 NFL Draft.
— rickbozich (@rickbozich) April 23, 2014
There have been several teams picking ahead of the Chiefs who have shown interest in either Pryor or Clinton-Dix including The Falcons, Ravens, Bears, and Eagles. But the drafts are unpredictable and as deep as the wide receiver talent is in the draft this year, I would be completely on board with the Chiefs drafting a play maker in the defensive backfield in the first round and a receiver in the third.
Check out the video below for some of Pryor’s stellar highlights.
While it might be unlikely for a talent like Pryor to slip past so many teams before reaching the Chiefs, or even if that would be a direction John Dorsey and company would like to go in the first round, anything is possible. Calvin Pryor looks to be a special player in the 2014 draft and he’s definitely a name to keep an eye on as a Chiefs fan.