Pryor going pro; projection for possible first round selection

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 09:32 AM.

In it, he has Pryor, who he ranks among the top three defensive back prospects, going No. 18 overall to the Green Bay Packers.

Several other teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys, both considered to be in the market for a free safety, could be interested in Pryor.

Baltimore and Dallas pick just ahead of Green Bay in the first round.

Jermaine Lockett, a Ravens-based writer for, said he thought Pryor should have won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the outstanding collegiate defensive back each year, this past season, when Pryor was again second on the Cardinals in tackles with 69, forced three fumbles and had three interceptions.

Pryor averaged over 70 tackles a season at Louisville.

Lockett asserted Pryor, first team All-American Athletic Conference, was the best defensive back in college football and should be a target of the Ravens.

“What I love about his guy is although he lays the wood on tackles, he is smart enough to break down at times and not let the ball carrier get past him,” Lockett wrote. “He knows how to wrap up and plays smart football.”

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