While a lot of the talk surrounding Louisville in this year’s draft seems to be about quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, teams shouldn’t overlook safety Calvin Pryor.
Pryor may not look like that threatening of a player off the field, but as soon as he steps onto the field, he’s all business. He hits hard, plays physical, and isn’t afraid to throw his body around to get the desired results. He may look small considering his 5’11” height and 207 pound body, but he plays like a mack truck.
What makes Pryor even scarier is that he good hands. He can be overlooked on the field because of his lack of size and Pryor can make them pay for that by snatching the ball out of the air.
Between the forced fumbles from his hard hits and interceptions, this man can single-handedly change to face of a game with a single play.
137 solo tackles
- 218 total tackles
- 11 tackles for a loss
- 2 sacks
- 7 interceptions
- 18 passes defended
- 9 forced fumbles
- Powerful hitter
- Strong tackler
- Excellent ball awareness
- Good hands
- Field awareness
- Not asked to cover slot receivers often
- Can be overly physical at times
- Prone to penalties due to physical play
Fit For The Vikings
Pryor would be a good fit next to Harrison Smith, giving them one of the scariest and hardest hitting pair of safeties in the NFL.
If Calvin Pryor somehow is on the board when Minnesota makes their second round selection, he has to be the pick. His skill set and imposing physical threat would make him a great addition to the team.