Calvin Pryor is the first UofL Player taken in the NFL Draft

05/08/2014 09:23 PM

The first Louisville Cardinal taken in the NFL draft was not a quarterback. While QB Teddy Bridgewater watched, his former teammate, safety Calvin Pryor, was drafted by the N.Y. Jets with the 18th overall pick. He becomes the ninth first rounder in school history, and third since 2007 (2007-Amobi Okoye to Houston with 10th overall pick and 2009-Eric Wood to Buffalo with 28th overall pick).

Pryor is considered an “old school” kind of player. At 5’11” and 207 lbs Calvin is one of the hardest hitters in the 2014 Draft. He finished this past season with 75 tackles and three interceptions while being named first team All-AAC Defense. Pryor’s major weakness is his ferocity. Critics say he sometimes plays with too much reckless abandon which can cause him to take bad angles. However he should fit in nicely in a Rex Ryan defense and could be a starter in his rookie season.

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or trey.eckerle@charter.com

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