Ravens draft primer: Calvin Pryor

With two days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Safety

School: Louisville

Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 207 pounds

Round projection: First round

File this away: Pryor put together a streak in which he knocked out an opponent in three straight games.

Good: Pryor is a tone-setter with his physical style of play. He brings intensity and an intimidating presence to the field. His aggressiveness often overshadows his instincts. Pryor is also great at diagnosing a play before the snap and can bait quarterbacks into throws. He has enough range to play center field in zone coverage, although he's better playing in the box.

Bad: Pryor is limited in coverage. He wasn't asked to cover the slot in college and can get beat when placed in man-to-man coverage. There were times when Pryor allowed too much separation and got burned on double moves. His ball skills are considered average.

Bottom line: There has been a debate over whether Pryor or Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the better safety. From the Ravens' perspective, Clinton-Dix is a better fit because he has more range. Pryor is more of a hybrid safety, and NFL Network's Mike Mayock doesn't see him as a good complement to Matt Elam, the Ravens' first-round pick from a year ago. For that reason, Pryor can't be ruled out for the Ravens in the first round, but there are other teams who are probably higher on Pryor than the Ravens.

What Pryor said: "My father really instilled [toughness] in me at a young age. When I used to fall on the ground and I think I hurt myself, he would just tell me to get back and just keep going and it caught up with me later in life."