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NFL Draft Scouting Report: Calvin Pryor

With the offseason underway, it is draft/free agency season. In this segment, “Scouting Report”, I will be posting scouting reports of who I believe the Cowboys should covet in the 2014 NFL Draft. Stay tuned daily, as I will be writing a few per day.


Calvin Pryor and his safety counterpart Hakeem Smith perhaps create one of the most feared safety combinations in all of college football. As of now, Pryor is a fringe first round prospect. In a passing league, teams may reach for this tenacious defender.


– 6-2, 210 pounds

– 4.47 40-yard dash


– 2013 All-American Athletic Conference First Team

– Junior


– Best hitting safety in this class

– Once again, best hitting safety in this class

– Excellent vision

– Great range

– Could a great center fielder

– Great build for the safety position

– Good tackler

– Fast & athletic

– Can play both safety positions


– Not that good in coverage

– Does not play against the best competition

– Will be fined/suspended at the next level

– Has to stay under control

The Fit

If the Cowboys are looking for a guy who could put fear in receivers, this is your guy. Pryor plays with a tenacious attitude, paired with nonstop effort. The bad side of his attitude is his ability to get fined. He could also miss an open tackle if he tries to make the big hit too often. Pryor’s draft value was continue to rise with how thin the safety position is. Pryor may give Clinton-Dix a ride for his money for the best safety in this draft.

Scout Grade: 91/100

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