Cardinals ~ 6015/208
I can no longer abide the application of the pathetically weak and flaccid term "Safety" to Gladiators.
It is struck from my Vocabulary.
The erstwhile "Free Safety" is truly the CenterFielder of the Defense. Honestly, I consider the term absolutely perfect.
And the erstwhile "Strong Safety", playing an increasingly hybrid Role and constantly improvising, is a RoverBack, I think.
When analyzing the Merits of a prospective RoverBack, this is how I personally break things down:
Intangibles: Diagnostic Acuity, Field Vision, and, above all: Processing Speed. And of course: Motor. Motor Matters.
Agility: Acceleration, Fluidity, and Closing Speed. And of course: Verticity!! Turning & Burning in Direct Coverage.
Run Support: Appetite, Tactical Discipline, and Combat Skills ~ working through Traffic & Tackling Mechanics.
Pass Prevention: Timing, Vertical Burst, WingSpan, and don't forget the Brutality!!
Agility: Superior. Only moderate Acceleration, which is why I feel that he's better suited to play RoverBack, where he won't have to cover as much ground before making a Play, but strong Fluidity and extraordinary Closing Speed.
Run Support: Phenomenal. Pryor's extraordinary fusion of Power, Diagnostic Brilliance, and Processing Speed enable him to consistently anticipate where the Play is headed and to arrive with a Full Head of Steam. He is exceptional at working through Traffic, thanks to outstanding Power & Fluidity, and has a tremendous Appetite for Violence.
Pass Prevention: Exceptional. Excellent Timing, superior Vertical Burst, and nice WingSpan. Of course, his greatest attribute is his sweet, savage Brutality: Pryor is without peer the most savage Defensive Back in this Class.
He played CenterFielder at LouisVille, yes, and would certainly excel at that Role in the NFL. His command of this Game and his deeply developed comfort in directing the Secondary is intensely impressive, as is his speed in Reading and Reacting to Routes & Progressions and both consistently and decisively driving towards the Play.
However, because his Acceleration out'f'is spot is relatively pedestrian, he would often arrive late. The Hits he would then lay on would be things of Beauty, mind you, and if there's a statistic for dislodging what surely seemed to be completed Passes, he doubtlessly led all of College FootBall. But of course most of these Passes remained Completions.
Given a smaller arc of responsibility, though, I believe that Pryor's extraordinary Field Vision and Processing Speed would be more than ample to allow'm to succeed in breaking up Passes with far more deliciously violent frequency.
And against the Run, he projects as a rampaging Terror.
There're a lot of whispers about his propensity, at LouisVille, for taking too many chances ~ for driving to the Ball without any regard for the Gaping Hole he left behind too often, in pursuit of Mayhem. But I am not troubled.
Were we talking about a guy encumbered with marginal Field Vision and Processing Speed, I would indeed be scared to death. Aggression without Sound Judgment invites Disaster. But Pryor impresses me as a extraordinary Student of the Game, one whose already tremendous Judgment is only going to improve with better Coaching.
In short: Risks often have to be taken in the course of a Game, and the Enemy is relentlessly trying to deceive you.
That's FootBall, which is, after all, simulated WarFare.
And I would love to go to Battle with The LouisVille Slugger on my side, thank you.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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