Off the Board at 21: Calvin Pryor

Packers fans are already anticipating the Packers’ pick at number 21 in the 2014 draft. Who will it be? Here are some possibilities with stats, strengths, and weaknesses.

With Green Bay planning to get Micah Hyde more involved in the defense and with Sam Shields signed andcal coming back, a LOT of Packers fans would love to see the Packers take Calvin Pryor with the number 21 pick this year. ‘Course, that assumes he will still be on the board which at this point could be a long shot.

Strengths: Pryor is a big-time hitter with good range and in the NFC North Division, the Packers need a safety that will make receivers pay. That free safety position again would allow Morgan Burnette to play the strong position where he is more effective. In an interview on NFL Network, Pryor said he takes pride in being a big hitter and that might be just the key Green Bay needs on the backend of a defense that gave up way too many yards in the passing game last season. Pryor does not, however, want to be typecast as a facemask-forward only kind of guy and since his pro day has been working hard to show scouts that he can flip his hips and trail in man coverage.

Weaknesses: In the NFC North, Pryor would have to take on some excellent receivers from time to time. His work flaunting his coverage ability could pay dividends but he needs to be convincing. While having a big-time hitter is great, the NFL protects receivers to such an extent that Pryor may have to make some subtle changes to his body position if he wants to avoid getting flagged. That transition should be subtle but could be more difficult than it seems.

And yes, Calvin Pryor is 6’2″…in his platform boots at the local disco, but not on the field. At 5’11”, some may wonder if he is the perfect fit for a Packers team that battles in the NFC North.

Combine Stats:

 

ht. 5’11” wt. 207 arm 31 ¼” hand 9 ⅛”

 

40-yard dash 10-yard split Vert Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.58 1.59 34 ½” 9′ 6″ DNP DNP

-source: NFL.com

courtesy of nfldraftgeek.com

 


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