Calvin Pryor S Louisville #25
Size/Athleticism: Well built for his size. Good blend of strength and speed. Can build momentum and dish out some big hits. Somewhat reckless with his hits and will need to tone it done to avoid fines at the next level.
Coverage: Used almost exclusively at free safety in zone coverage. Looked fluid and confident in limited man-to-man opportunities. Decent range but not elite. Fluid in his backpedal and can explode when reacting to the throw. Still developing ability to read the quarterback and late to react too often at this stage of his career.
Ball skills: Tends to go for the hit rather than playing the ball. Has come down with a few acrobating interceptions and is capable of making athletic plays on the ball.
Run support: Great effort but takes inconsistent angles. Closes quickly and can deliver a big hit. Fairly reliable wrap-up tackler, but will miss some easy ones every so often.
Intangibles: Suspended one game in 2013 for violation of team rules.
Durability: No known issues, but modest size and reckless style raises some concern for long-term durability.
Comments: Calvin Pryor is an intriguingly well-rounded prospect. He’s a natural free safety who can play the centerfield position and cover the deep portion of the field, but he’s also willing and able to step up to play the run. He’s a hard hitter and has a bit of a reputation as a headhunter, which he will need to tone down at the next level. He’s probably best suited to stick in his free safety role, but he’s shown enough ability against the run and in limited man coverage situations to have some potential as a strong safety as well.