Posted: 6:00 am Monday, April 28th, 2014

Falcons’ draft board: Louisville S Calvin Pryor 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Player: Calvin Pryor

Position: Safety

School: Louisville

Height and weight: 5-11, 207 pounds

Louisville's Calvin Pryor turns and runs after picking off a pass against Eastern Kentucky in their NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Louisville beat Eastern Kentucky 44-7. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Louisville’s Calvin Pryor turns and runs after picking off a pass against Eastern Kentucky in their NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Louisville beat Eastern Kentucky 44-7. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Combine Numbers: 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 18 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 34.5-inch vertical jump and 9-8 broad jump, 4.30 in the shuttle and 6.98 in the three-cone drill.

Projected Round: He’s the 2nd rated safety in the draft and is projected to be selected in the first by NFLDraftScout.com.

Career Highlights: Last season, Pryor, known for his crushing hit and sure tackles, had 69 tackles, 5.5 for losses, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. He played in 13 games as a true freshman for the Cardinals, starting seven contests.

Quotes: “I love the game of football and I was brought on toughness. To play the game of football you have to be tough and it’s a thinking game. 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 up and just keep going. …I feel like I’m a very versatile player. I can drop in the middle of the field and cover a lot of range and just break on the ball.”

Falcons level on interest: High. The Falcons released safety Thomas DeCoud and have big hole in the secondary. Pryor would only be in play if they trade out of the sixth position in order to garner more picks. They can’t take him with the sixth pick and he’ll be long gone by the time they select with the 37th pick in the second around.

 Here are the Falcons draft picks:

  • Round 1 — No. 6 overall
  • Round 2 – No. 37 overall
  • Round 3 – No. 68 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 103 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 139 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 5 – No. 147 overall
  • Round 6 – No. 182 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 220 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 253 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 7 – No. 255 overall (compensatory)

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

--A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

–A look at Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

–A look at Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman

–A look at Boston College QB Chase Rettig

–A look at Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas

–A look at Central Florida RB Storm Johnson

–A look at USC TE Xavier Grimble

–A look at Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

9 comments
RangeRover
RangeRover

Lot to like but a 4.58 forty is pedestrian speed for an NFL FS and at 5'11" (if that) he's not going to out leap many NFL TE's. Love the hitting/toughness attitude that is short supply in Flowery Branch!

notPlanB
notPlanB

If possible to trade back, get T Lewan and Pryor would be great but who has that to offer. What a shame we have so many holes to fill.

Mora-less-Petrino
Mora-less-Petrino

I hope th Birds get Clinton-Dix or Pryor. By trading back, they may be able to get one of these guys and work out another first round pick, or two second rounders. That may be not be the big splash that Clowney would be, but the potential for a very solid draft with three picks in the top 50 would allow ATL to address S, OL, and DL early on, and still have plenty of picks to build depth!

notPlanB
notPlanB

What happened to getting tough on the OL & DL??? Taking a safety with our 1st pick is something TD would do.

Tallcarl
Tallcarl

This is a guy I would love to see in a Falcons uniform, a young man that takes pride in tackling and protecting his teams territory. Tuff Guy attitude from the get-go.

Dman
Dman

I like this guy. If we do trade back with St. louis I think this is who we may draft in the first round.

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

Weatherspoon came out and said that's who he wants them to select.  But I don't see the Falcons trading back.  That's not their protocol.

Esquire
Esquire

5-6-7-8

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TommyLeeMaddox
TommyLeeMaddox

@BeastOPS Spoon should spend his time trying to figure out how to stay on the field rather than stayng on the bench.