As per tradition (or so it seems), the New York Jets' front office sparked another heated row among Jets' Nation with the first round selection of big-hitting, University of Louisville Free Safety Calvin Pryor. One corner of the fan base was hoping the team would shore up its defensive needs via another route i.e. a cornerback. Another contingent of the fan base was hoping a high-flying wide receiver would be selected.
Pryor, the 18th overall pick in the most current draft, comes with a well-earned reputation for being a physical, intimidating defensive presence who will make his mark felt. He is also known, however, to lack discipline; something GM John Idzik and Coach Rex Ryan will want to reign in and avoid becoming a "Jet" like that.
The rookie free safety may be starting alongside veteran, if former Raven and two-time champion, Ed Reed returns with the Jets, which would give the rookie a unique opportunity to gain invaluable experience, exposure, knowledge and guidance. Jets fans can expect an intuitive, lights-out hitter who bears the hallmarks of a future defensive general. The most optimistic member of Jets Nation will hope the young talent can maximize his utility and life span by avoiding injury and developing into a team stalwart akin to former Dallas Cowboys Safety Roy Williams.
Many of Pryor's draft-day deficiencies such as being outflanked to the perimeter or lacking experience in man coverage, will be addressed through on-the-go, hands-on training thanks to the regular season.
Calvin Pryor's twitter (@CP3_850) endorses a quote that reads "Victory belongs to the most persevering."; an irony given that most Jets fans will hope that Pryor will knock out opponents for good, regardless of the opposition's will, and help the New York Jets in their quest for a successful season, whatever that may be.