Calvin Pryor (FS), Louisville
5'11" | 207 lbs.
75 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3 INT, 4 PD, 2 FF
What the scouts are saying:
"Pryor manned the deep middle at Louisville, but attacks the run like a strong safety and offers plus ball skills." (Evan Silva, Rotoworld.com)
"Perhaps the most explosive hitter in this year's crop of safeties, Pryor is a big, physical hammer in the run game, bringing the ability to intimidate and erase. Factor in his instincts and range and Pryor has the ability to start as a rookie." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Good vision and spatial awareness to slip amongst the mass of humanity near the line of scrimmage to locate the ball. Shows no desire for self-preservation when taking on blockers, dropping to take them out at the knees and often is able to take out the ballcarrier." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)
"Pryor was a play-maker for Louisville in 2013 as a hard-hitting safety who had a habit of creating turnovers. Pryor is fast and has good size to defend tight ends and big receivers. The force of his hits caused a lot of fumbles over his career." (WalterFootball.com)
Fit for the Bears:
The safety position is arguably the weakest spot on the Bears defense. You can expect to see Bears general manager Phil Emery add a safety within one of the team's first two selections. Incumbent free safety Chris Conte is out for the next 4-5 months after undergoing surgery last March. Chicago added Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings in the offseason, but the chances of both players becoming long-term solutions in the Windy City are highly unlikely. Calvin Pryor is considered by most draft pundits to be the second best safety in the 2014 NFL Draft. Pryor is stout in both the run and the pass, and is an intimidating presence in the secondary with his ability to lay the hammer. He should start as a rookie on Day 1, and he could be the ideal long-term solution at free safety in Mel Tucker's defense.