Yet Another Article Stating The Case For Calvin Pryor at #14

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    Here's yet another article stating the obvious reasons why Calvin Pryor should be the Bears pick at #14. I'd be happy with either Pryor or Donald. I think AD is going to be gone when the Bears pick and that they'll take a Safety in the 1st round.

    Pryor sounds like he's the real deal. He has the size,toughness, and tackling ability of a SS and the ball hawking ability of a FS.

    I don't put too much stock in Mock drafts because they're wrong 99.9% of the time especially when it comes to Emery. Most mocks have us taking Donald. I hope Pryor stays "under the radar' and off of most Bears mocks.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/...ft-countdown-making-the-case-for-calvin-pryor


    Chicago Bears Draft Countdown: Making the Case for Calvin Pryor
    By Matt Eurich , Featured Columnist Apr 20, 2014

    After a difficult season in 2013 for the Chicago Bears defense, particularly at safety, general manager Phil Emery made it clear that the team wants to improve the position.

    The team re-signed veteran Craig Steltz and also signed Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings and Danny McCray, via ChicagoBears.com, for a chance to compete with incumbent starter Chris Conte.

    Despite those additions via free agency, Emery has stated that he is not done looking at improving the team's safety position, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "We’re definitely going to look at the safety position. Continue to look at it extensively in the [free-agent] market and the draft and post-draft,” he said.

    Safety was already high on the Bears' list of priorities heading into the draft, but an injury to Conte, who was expected to compete for the starting free safety spot, will keep him out four to five months after undergoing shoulder surgery in late March, via Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com, leaving both safety positions wide open.

    While the Bears could address the defensive tackle position with their 14th overall selection in the draft, Louisville's Calvin Pryor may be too difficult to pass up if he is still on the board.

    At 5'11" and 207 pounds, according to NFL.com, Pryor packs a punch as a tackler as he routinely makes hard-hitting, highlight-reel tackles.

    Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com wrote that Pryor "carries a swagger and plays with confidence." Swagger and confidence are two things that the Bears have not had at the position since Mike Brown was on the roster in the early 2000s.

    He has the ability to come up in the box and make tackles as a strong safety, but also possesses the athleticism and ball-hawking abilities of a free safety. He plays with great instincts, has fluid hips that allow him to turn on the ball and is one of the most feared hitters in this draft class.

    Mayock on Louisville S Calvin Pryor: A bigger, stronger Bob Sanders. Flies around, hits people. Explodes everywhere. Better in box. #Bears
    — Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) February 18, 2014

    In a copycat league like the NFL, teams are trying to find the next safety that can play like the Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. NFL.com's Gil Brandt drew the comparison of Pryor to Thomas, writing: "Pryor looks like a carbon copy of Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas; he really punishes people as a tackler and has great coverage skills."

    Key point on Pryor IMO, taken from @SI_DougFarrar's piece http://t.co/vpFN4UYUcQ pic.twitter.com/jRuRPaFrAY
    — Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) April 18, 2014

    Pryor's game, in my opinion, resembles Chancellor's a bit more because of his penchant for big hits and ability to dominate in the run game from inside the box, but his coverage skills and ability to cover from sideline-to-sideline are underrated.

    Despite being most well-known for his hard-hitting play, he has been effective at creating turnovers, something the Bears defense has been known for in recent years.

    The Bears have already shown some interest in Pryor, bringing him in for a pre-draft workout, according to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson:

    Filed to http://t.co/mnFHigRV1y: Louisville S Calvin Pryor made pre-draft visit to #Bears, per sources.
    — Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) April 10, 2014

    "I bring a certain type of physicalness to the defense,’’ Pryor told Patrick Finely of the Chicago Sun-Times last week. ‘‘The Bears are already known to be physical."
    He also went on to comment about his playmaking ability, saying, ‘‘That playmaker ability, that’s what I can bring to the team. . . . If I get added to the team.’’
    Bleacher Report's Matt Miller likes Pryor's flexibility at the position, writing:
    Once unleashed in an NFL defense, Pryor has big room to improve. Given his versatility as a kind of hybrid free/strong safety, he has massive upside in that he can develop in either direction and bring big value to an NFL defense.

    The league has shifted to using more hybrid free and strong safeties as the two positions have become more or less interchangeable in many NFL defenses. Many teams prefer their safeties to be able to take on both sets of responsibilities, whether it be playing up in the box against the run or being able to cover the back half of the field as a single-high safety.

    Pryor's hard-hitting nature and above-average coverage skills have shown that he has just scratched the surface with his potential at safety. The Bears have struggled for the better part of a decade to try and find a consistent piece at either strong or free safety, and they could finally find that piece if they take Pryor in the first round.
     
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    all these articles that are pro pryor are just more proof it won't be pryor :|
     
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    Being a huge fan of Pryor myself, that's my fear as well.
     
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    As long as he stays off of the so-called "experts" mock drafts I think we'll be alright.

    He has ties to former Louisville and current Bears coach Clint Hurtt which I think bodes very well for us.
     
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    As a sidenote, Besides a lot of the Mock Drafts saying that we're going to take Aaron Donald, I still see quite a few saying we'll take FSU DT Timmy Jernigan.

    This makes absolutely ZERO sense IMO and whoever keeps saying the Bears are going to take Jernigan either isn't paying attention or doesn't know what they're talking about. (or both) Jernigan is a TERRIBLE fit in our system, lacks the physical tools that Emery has reportedly been looking for (his arms are too short) and based on his stats in college, his athleticism is in a huge question mark as well.
     
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    BiM, Pryor is hardly "under the radar" I'm afraid. He's long been considered a likely 1st rounder, it's well known that he's visited the Bears (and others), and it's no secret to anyone that the S position is one we are going to be targeting in the draft.

    I'd definitely take Dix or Donald ahead of him but he's a very viable #3 option IMO.
     
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    I'd agree. I believe they'd take a chance on Hageman's upside before taking Jernigan but all things considered Donald is the guy who helps best day one. Where Jernigan does fit quite well is as a partner to Melton in Dallas. They have our former 3 tech DT and we have their former NT, Ratliff. Jernigan is far more a Shade NT than a 3 tech guy. I see him as being a lot like Paea.
     
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    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/...ft-countdown-making-the-case-for-calvin-pryor


    Chicago Bears Draft Countdown: Making the Case for Calvin Pryor
    By Matt Eurich , Featured Columnist Apr 20, 2014

    After a difficult season in 2013 for the Chicago Bears defense, particularly at safety, general manager Phil Emery made it clear that the team wants to improve the position.

    The team re-signed veteran Craig Steltz and also signed Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings and Danny McCray, via ChicagoBears.com, for a chance to compete with incumbent starter Chris Conte.

    Despite those additions via free agency, Emery has stated that he is not done looking at improving the team's safety position, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "We’re definitely going to look at the safety position. Continue to look at it extensively in the [free-agent] market and the draft and post-draft,” he said.

    Safety was already high on the Bears' list of priorities heading into the draft, but an injury to Conte, who was expected to compete for the starting free safety spot, will keep him out four to five months after undergoing shoulder surgery in late March, via Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com, leaving both safety positions wide open.

    While the Bears could address the defensive tackle position with their 14th overall selection in the draft, Louisville's Calvin Pryor may be too difficult to pass up if he is still on the board.

    At 5'11" and 207 pounds, according to NFL.com, Pryor packs a punch as a tackler as he routinely makes hard-hitting, highlight-reel tackles.

    Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com wrote that Pryor "carries a swagger and plays with confidence." Swagger and confidence are two things that the Bears have not had at the position since Mike Brown was on the roster in the early 2000s.Imo our defense needs this. We lacked attitude last year. We lacked a guy to sparkplug the boys and get people excited. We missed a guy to electrify Soldier's Field and get the faithful pulsing.

    He has the ability to come up in the box and make tackles as a strong safety, but also possesses the athleticism and ball-hawking abilities of a free safety. Need this as well. Our S position is a tire fire at best now, a talented guy in many areas will only help. He plays with great instincts, has fluid hips that allow him to turn on the ball and is one of the most feared hitters in this draft class.

    Mayock on Louisville S Calvin Pryor: A bigger, stronger Bob Sanders. Flies around, hits people. Explodes everywhere. Better in box. #Bears
    — Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) February 18, 2014

    In a copycat league like the NFL, teams are trying to find the next safety that can play like the Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. NFL.com's Gil Brandt drew the comparison of Pryor to Thomas, writing: "Pryor looks like a carbon copy of Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas; he really punishes people as a tackler and has great coverage skills."Don't like player comparisons. If Pryor is a Bear I wouldn't want Pryor to 'be like Thomas' I want Pryor to play like Pryor and play well in his own style. Not a bad guy to be compared to by any means tho.

    Key point on Pryor IMO, taken from @SI_DougFarrar's piece http://t.co/vpFN4UYUcQ pic.twitter.com/jRuRPaFrAY
    — Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) April 18, 2014

    Pryor's game, in my opinion, resembles Chancellor's a bit more because of his penchant for big hits and ability to dominate in the run game from inside the box, but his coverage skills and ability to cover from sideline-to-sideline are underrated.

    Despite being most well-known for his hard-hitting play, he has been effective at creating turnovers, something the Bears defense has been known for in recent years. He double digit forced fumbles at UL. Tillman's time is waning, and anyone who can pop that ball out and get it back to the O is a huge factor. Makes the entire team better tacklers if ball carriers are quicker to get down in a situation that they think he may be coming to jar the ball out.

    The Bears have already shown some interest in Pryor, bringing him in for a pre-draft workout, according to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson:

    Filed to http://t.co/mnFHigRV1y: Louisville S Calvin Pryor made pre-draft visit to #Bears, per sources.
    — Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) April 10, 2014

    "I bring a certain type of physicalness to the defense,’’ Pryor told Patrick Finely of the Chicago Sun-Times last week. ‘‘The Bears are already known to be physical." Frankly, we played like pansies last year on D. Would be a good X factor to start rebuilding this unit.
    He also went on to comment about his playmaking ability, saying, ‘‘That playmaker ability, that’s what I can bring to the team. . . . If I get added to the team.’’
    Bleacher Report's Matt Miller likes Pryor's flexibility at the position, writing:
    Once unleashed in an NFL defense, Pryor has big room to improve. Given his versatility as a kind of hybrid free/strong safety, he has massive upside in that he can develop in either direction and bring big value to an NFL defense.

    The league has shifted to using more hybrid free and strong safeties as the two positions have become more or less interchangeable in many NFL defenses. Many teams prefer their safeties to be able to take on both sets of responsibilities, whether it be playing up in the box against the run or being able to cover the back half of the field as a single-high safety.

    Pryor's hard-hitting nature and above-average coverage skills have shown that he has just scratched the surface with his potential at safety. The Bears have struggled for the better part of a decade to try and find a consistent piece at either strong or free safety, and they could finally find that piece if they take Pryor in the first round. Said it before and I'll say it again: I think he is the co num one safety in this draft with Dix. Would love this guy at 14
     
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    I have the sick feeling that if we miss out on this guy we're going to see him have a very special career for another team while we continue to flounder at the position with bums.
     
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