First of all I would just like to say I'm happy to have Calvin Pryor as a Jet. I love safeties and it has infuriated me how much we have largely ignored that position for so long. Pryor isn't a perfect safety though, although I have great faith in our defensive coaches to be able to develop him into a very good player.
I thought I would share this video with you from Draft Breakdown, I think this better represents what I was saying last night about Pryor during our live broadcast:
As you can see, the talent is there, the hard hitting, the put your body on the line is there. However you can also see where Pryor needs to put the work in, on the first couple of plays, he doesn't take the best angles and he loses outside containment. No player is perfect, especially not a rookie, so I wouldn't feel too down on him for this. It's something to work at and I'm sure he'll improve. However look at that one handed interception, one of the most athletic plays I saw in college football last year.
There is a lot to like about Pryor, he plays a lot quicker than he times. He makes excellent breaks on the ball, he's fast in pursuit, he can rush the passer, play at the line or in deep centre field. The depth at receiver is unbelievable in the draft, so don't feel too down that we didn't go there with our first round selection. There will also be a good corner prospect available in the 2nd or 3rd round with McGill or Gaines, perhaps even Desir or Jean-Baptiste.
Reflecting on the selection, the Jets made the right decision to go with safety, obviously I would have preferred them to go with Jimmie Ward because I think he's the more complete option, but it's going to be a lot of fun to see Pryor on the field this year.
Just for anyone who is interested, here is his combine performance, which I was impressed with: