According to Sigmund Bloom of Footballguys.com, safety Calvin Pryor is not a prospect he would advise a team to draft in the first round by any means.
In an article he wrote about the former Louisville Cardinal, Bloom had some candid criticism of the safety worth keeping in mind:
Almost every one of Pryor’s positives are counterbalanced by the way those qualities become negatives when he is asked to do more than seek and destroy, and sometimes even when he is asked to do that.
He can be an aggressive blitzer, but simple moves will likely elude the pressure he creates. He can blow up screens, but he can also be rendered harmless by a patient receiver.
He went on even further in his bottom line regarding this projected first-round pick:
Pryor is only going to be success (sic) with an Earl Thomas or Ed Reed type of safety, or perhaps a dominant front seven like San Francisco’s. They don’t have to be as singular as Reed or Thomas in that role, but it hems in a defense in terms of personnel choices.
Does that sound like a first-round pick? Shouldn't first-round picks create more roster flexibility, not less?
Bloom makes some valid points when considering this kid as a first-round selection. Pryor does have value as a prospect when you factor in his tone-setting physicality that strikes fear in the hearts of any who dare cross his path.
But we must come to terms with the changing times of the NFL and realize that maybe these head-hunting assassins could be racking up more penalty yards than positive plays.
According to Pryor himself in an interview via Courier-Journal.com, “I’ve been getting great feedback, they’ve been saying first round or early second, but you never know what to expect. I’m just taking it a day at a time and focusing on my craft.”
With such varying opinions around the draft community, Pryor certainly has gotten one thing right—you never know what to expect.
Ryan Riddle is a former NFL player and currently writes for Bleacher Report.
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