Pryor going pro; projection for possible first round selection

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

Lockett said Pryor opened eyes with 14 tackles (11 solo) and an interception in a nationally-televised game against Rutgers.

“Not only is this safety great on the ground, but his coverage in cover-2 formations is flawless,” Lockett continued. “He definitely has a nose for the ball — whether by land or air he will be there.”

Lockett noted, however, that Pryor, 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, can be caught looking in the backfield on single coverage – occasionally.

He compares Pryor to Ed Reed who was also known for giving up big plays trying to gamble and make big plays.

“Baltimore needs a gambler like Pryor,” Lockett concludes.

Writing for a Dallas Cowboy-centric website, Ryan Batty also wrote that Pryor – who came out of high school as a three-star prospect – is currently a fringe first-rounder who, in the pass-happy NFL, teams may reach for given his “tenacious” style of play.

One knock on Pryor, Batty detailed, is that is 40-yard dash time, in the high 4.6 to 4.7 range, is on the slow side.

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