Friday, April 18, 2014
Daily draft dish: Could Jets go safety first?
By Rich Cimini
With draft day (May 8 ) rapidly approaching, we'll whet your appetite with a daily factoid, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. We'll keep it New York Jets-centric, sticking to team needs, possible selections, trends, etc.
In the Rex Ryan era, the Jets have yet to invest a high draft pick on a safety. Could they break the trend in 2014? They're showing interest in projected first-rounder Calvin Pryor, scheduled for a pre-draft visit, but you have to wonder if the former Louisville star fits the profile of what they need. In college, he was a sledgehammer, not a ballhawk -- and the Jets need a ballhawk.
The 5-foot-11, 207-pound Pryor played like a linebacker, producing 175 tackles (second on the team) and seven forced fumbles over the past two seasons. He also was an effective blitzer, accumulating more quarterbacks pressures (27) than all but seven linebackers from BCS schools. He plays a lot like former Jets safety LaRon Landry.