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Jets Select Calvin Pryor With 18th Pick in 2014 NFL Draft

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Andy Lyons

The Jets have used their first round selection, 18th overall, on Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.

This is the sixth consecutive first round pick the Jets have used on the defensive side of the ball. In some ways, however, this pick is a departure from what the team has done in the past. Despite having Ed Reed in Baltimore, Rex Ryan's Jets have not invested heavily at the position. They have tended to look for cheap veterans like Eric Smith, Jim Leonhard, Dawan Landry, Yeremiah Bell, and the artist formerly known as Ed Reed.

Safety is definitely an impact position on this defense. Pryor profiles as a hard-hitting enforcer, the kind of in the box run stopper Rex Ryan loves. He also can cover some ground, a real novelty for a Rex Ryan Jets defense. He's got the range and the ball skills to make an effective centerfielder. I think Rex Ryan is going to have a lot of fun with him.


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