Calvin Pryor Scouting Report

Want a safety that will literally knock the snot out of you? Calvin Pryor is your guy.

Where He Excels

  • Run Fits/Tackling
  • Instincts/Recognition
  • Ball Skills

Pryor is probably the best tackling safety in the draft. He understands how to fill run lanes, will come up, and blast you. The difference between him and Deon Bucannon, is he does it under control. He is a ferocious hitter, you’ll see one “highlight hit” per game, at least.

His instincts and ability to read the QB, and understand the play allow him to play faster than he actually is. He’s very good at breaking on the underneath throws. Though I wouldn’t call it his strength, he has the ability to play as a single high safety because his recognition is that good.

Pryor does a good job of high pointing the ball, and catching the ball away from his body. He’s made some impressive plays in the passing game. Hasn’t been tested as much as you’d like, but in limited action he has 3 INT’s and has broken up 4 passes.

What Will Hurt Him at the Next Level

  • Lack of Top End Speed
  • Poor Angles

You can see Pryor’s lack of top end speed keeps him from getting to passes other safeties would. I’ve seen a few times where he was in a Cover 2 look, and couldn’t get to the pass on the sideline. His instincts help make up for it, but at the next level, he’ll have to play even faster than he does now to help hide his average speed. This also is what holds him back in coverage.

The other issue with Pryor I have is his angles. At times, he will over run the play, and not give him a shot to make a tackle. You’re seeing this with the majority of safeties, coming up for the kill shot, and just over running the play.

Grade/Thought

Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10   8.5 – 9.0
Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round   8.0 – 8.4
Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round   7.8 – 7.9
Reliable Starter, 2nd Round   7.5 – 7.7
Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round   7.0 – 7.4
Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round   6.5 – 6.9
Productive Backup, 5th Round   6.0 – 6.4
Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round   5.5 – 5.9
Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round   5.0 – 5.4
Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round   4.5 – 4.9
Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations   4.0 – 4.4
Non-Draftable     < 4.0

 

Skill Weight Grade
Long Speed 2 1.5
Closing Speed/Acceleration 2 1.6
Ball Skills 3 2.7
Eye Discipline 2 1.8
Strength 2 1.9
Athletcism 2 1.7
Route Recognition/Instincts 3 2.8
Tackling/Blitz Ability 2 1.8
Cover Skills 4 3.6
Change of direction/Feet 3 2.7

Pryor grades out to an 8.0, so he’s a fringe 1st rounder. The only real issues I have with Pryor are his speed. That’s what will keep him from being the Eric Berry/Earl Thomas safety that the league covets now. Everything else he grades out well in. He’s a very instinctive player that knows how to take appropriate drops, and plays faster than his speed will allow him to. In the run game, he’ll be where he needs to be, and make impact tackles. He would be used best as a robber, or playing in underneath coverage, making receivers think twice about crossing the middle.