Calvin Pryor says he’s top safety in the draft

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on February 23, 2014 – 1:21 pm

Louisville S Calvin Pryor

Louisville S Calvin Pryor

INDIANAPOLIS—The success of the Seattle Seahawks secondary, specifically that of its safeties, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, might spike interest in Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.

Pryor is a physical player who models his game after Chancellor’s. If the NFL is a copycat league, and it always has been, Pryor’s draft stock will likely be on the rise should he turn in an impressive workout on Tuesday.

“I love the game of football. I was brought up with toughness. My father instilled it in me at a young age,” Pryor said on Sunday when reporters questioned him about his reputation for being a lights-out hitter.

Pryor says he believes he’s the top safety in this draft class. Alabama’s Ha’Sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix is widely regarded to be Pryor’s competition for the distinction.

“I can play strong, free, I can hit and I can cover,” said Pryor, who confirmed that the Packers have shown interest in him.

The rap on Pryor is that he’s not a form tackler, and that he too often goes for the knockout blow. He doesn’t agree.

“In today’s game, you have to make sure you don’t have any head-to-head collisions. I make sure I use my shoulders and wrap up,” Pryor said.

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