Pryor projected in the first round

Former University of Louisville safety Calvin Pryor has been turning professional scouts heads in recent workouts and is expected as a first-round draft pick. Cardinal Authority spoke with Pryor after his Pro Day on Monday.

Former University of Louisville safety Calvin Pryor said after Pro Day on Monday that he has met with 28 of the 32 NFL teams.

Pryor has been one of the hot names on the draft board in recent months. He was sensational at the NFL Combine and the few things he did at U of L's Pro Day was solid.

"I felt comfortable being back in Louisville, being back at home," he said. "I was back on my home field and it felt good to perform."

The hard-hitting, 5-foot-11, 210-pound Pryor is now being projected as a first-round pick. Pryor said he has several meetings with teams set up for the future and chatted with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly on Monday.

Kelly was front and center for every drill and exercise that Pryor did during Pro Day. There were 29 of 32 NFL teams at the Pro Day.

"I've been getting great feedback," he said. "They say they like the way I play the safety position. They say I'm first round or early second round but you never know what to expect.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time and focusing on my craft. It's a dream come true," Pryor said. I have worked really, really hard over the years to get to this point and I am going to keep working."

Pryor had a stellar junior season with the Cardinals with 75 tackles and three interceptions. He finished his career with 218 tackles, seven interceptions and 21 pass deflections for the Cardinals.

"I had a goal in mind coming into my junior season," Pryor said. "I wanted to accomplish everything I wanted to that season and to have a chance to be the first safety off the board means I have accomplished a lot of work.

"But I know there's still more work to do."

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