I think it’s safe to assume that the 2014 NFL Draft will have more Louisville flavor than it’s ever had before. There have been plenty of former Cardinals that have went on to have success in the NFL, but there are at least five former players from the 2013 team that are expected to be drafted. That isn’t including four time all league performer Hakeem Smith.
Louisville fans have known for a while that Teddy Bridgewater would be touted by many as the top available QB in this year’s draft. However, Bridgewater is not the only former Cardinal that is being mentioned as the best at his position.
Heading into the combine, Calvin Pryor’s stock was rising. Since performing in front of scouts and GM’s on Monday, Pryor is now widely considered as the top safety in this year’s draft.
Former Alabama safety HaHa Clinton Dix was thought to be the only safety that may be drafted ahead of Pryor, but that has since changed. Although Pryor is more physical and a better tackler, Clinton Dix’s speed and athleticism was thought to give him the slight edge.
At the combine on Monday Pryor and Clinton Dix both clocked a 4.58 40-yard-dash. Pryor edged the former Alabama star in the vertical jump and bench press reps.
“Pryor looks like a carbon copy of Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas,” NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt said following the combine. “He really punishes people as a tackler and has great coverage skills. He’s fast and strong, and I think he’ll probably get a boost after this.”
Only time will tell, but at this point, it appears that Pryor is almost a lock for the first round.