Jets take Pryor with 18th overall pick

Gang Green addresses need in defensive backfield with bruising safety
05/08/2014 10:55 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Calvin Pryor was a three-year starter for the Louisville Cardinals.(AP)
The New York Jets addressed their secondary with the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, selecting safety Calvin Pryor from the University of Louisville.

Pryor, a 5-foot-11 bruiser, was a three-year starter for the Cardinals and has drawn comparisons to Rodney Harrison because of his physical style of play.

The 21-year-old from Port St. Joe, Florida recorded 75 total tackles (including six for loss), four passes defensed, three interceptions and two forced fumbles as a junior, earning first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors while helping lead Louisville to a 12-1 record.

Overall, Pryor notched 218 total tackles (11 for loss), two sacks, seven interceptions and nine forced fumbles in his collegiate career. 

Pryor was the first of 12 picks the Jets are set to make in the 2014 NFL Draft. Barring trades, they have two selections on Day 2 -- one each in the second and third rounds -- and nine on Day 3, a haul that includes three picks in the fourth round and four sixth-round picks.

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