His highlight video is a work of art. Although he will need to refine his technique (like every rookie), the talent is undeniable. His one handed interception against UCF is an example of his ballskills and playmaking ability. But its easy to forget about everything else when you see how hard he hits. He plays FAST and hits as hard as any safety prospect in recent memory. The term "enforcer" is often used to describe safeties like Pryor. He is going to make a lot of wide receivers think twice about going over the middle. If they are brave enough to try, they might be more hesitant the next time. Pryor might just knock you the f- out!
Pryor has the potential to be one of the best players in the NFL at his position. I like Dennard, but I don't think his ceiling is nearly as high as Pryor's. I would also argue that safety is an even bigger need than cornerback. We had a 35 year old Ed Reed starting for us last season. I'm not even convinced that any rookie CB would be able to beat out Wilson, Walls, and Patterson this season. Milliner was a way better prospect than Dennard, and he struggled so much early on that he was relegated to the bench. I also think Dennard is going to draw a lot of flags in the NFL. There are a lot of times where he grabs receivers instead of playing the ball. I also don't like his recovery speed. I think he has a decent ceiling, but he is going to struggle a lot as a rookie. Not to mention, there are still plenty of very good cornerbacks left. The next tier of safeties isn't nearly as impressive, with three other safeties off the board in the 1st round. Dennard was a nice player, but I don't think he would have helped this defense as much as others seem to think.
Pryor on the other hand fits this defense like a glove. Rex prefers safeties that are versatile to typical ballhawks. The Jets play a lot of press man coverage freeing up the safeties to do a lot of different things. Landry was a great fit in this defense, even though his isn't the a typical free safety. The Jets used him as a ballhawk, in coverage, on blitzes, and in the box. He was an enforcer who put fear into opposing receivers. Pryor is a lot like Landry, but I think he is better at playing the ball. I think the Jets are hoping that Antonio Allen wins the other starting safety position, since they can both be used interchangeably in a lot of different ways.