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Jets take Calvin Pryor with 18th pick

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The Jets had a chance to add Johnny Manziel to Michael Vick and Geno Smith in a quarterback room for the ages, but they followed the trend and became the 17th team to pass on Manziel Thursday evening.

For the fourth straight year, the Jets opted for someone to help Rex Ryan’s defense with their top pick.

Louisville safety Calvin Pryor was the pick instead and it addresses a big need on the Jets defense. The Jets have lacked dynamic players in the back end throughout Ryan’s tenure, leading them to constantly look to free agency for veterans with limited ability to do what’s needed. Pryor is a big hitter who may need some work on his coverage skills, but Dawan Landry and Antonio Allen may not be imposing enough to keep him out of the lineup as a rookie.

With Pryor in the fold, the Jets have improved their secondary but their wide receiving corps still needs some attention. With 11 picks on Friday and Saturday, they have plenty of ammunition to use to get those offensive pieces.

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30 Responses to “Jets take Calvin Pryor with 18th pick”
  1. realnflmaster says: May 8, 2014 10:17 PM

    EJ Manuel is gonna get KNOCKED OUT!!!! woooooooooooo!!!!

  2. simplegodfather says: May 8, 2014 10:19 PM

    IM SO HYPED UP.. I wanted Jets to get best safety since Rex Ryan was head coach.. they never did until now.. ABOUT TIME! I was hoping HaHa dix but Pryor seems a better suit to Rexy Ryan defense..!
    Almost got the pick right but wrong safety =P

    simplegodfather says: May 8, 2014 9:46 PM

    U forget.. Jets will get HaHa first before Philly does.. If he fall that longer..

  3. jetsmmt says: May 8, 2014 10:20 PM

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. jetsfaninindy says: May 8, 2014 10:22 PM

    Well done Izdik. Rex’s defensive influence
    still dictates personnel decisions. Great move
    as the draft is rich with receivers!

  5. buttfumbles says: May 8, 2014 10:22 PM

    You and ESPN would have loved them to pick Manziel so they can start the whole circus thing up again

  6. stinkymcmulligan says: May 8, 2014 10:24 PM

    What a disgrace. Jets should have selected MANZIEL. Geno’s garbage. Typical Jets

  7. gohometrolls says: May 8, 2014 10:25 PM

    I like this pick !

  8. irvfin3 says: May 8, 2014 10:25 PM

    Did not see this coming! I thought at least they’d get Dennard they better get a TE or WR in the 2nd round!

  9. babyphife says: May 8, 2014 10:28 PM

    Like the Jets or not……..Pryor will be a beast in Rex Ryans defense

  10. dfco74 says: May 8, 2014 10:29 PM

    Dumb could have changed the course of the franchise with Manziel now we are headed for mediocrity.

  11. jimthebuilder27 says: May 8, 2014 10:31 PM

    Has Rex Ryan ever heard of offense?

  12. doggeatdogg says: May 8, 2014 10:32 PM

    Vick, Smith, Manziel. Three of the same? No way.

  13. wnstonchill says: May 8, 2014 10:37 PM

    Calvin Pryor is a stud……I’m happy for the Jet’s fans, just disappointed that the best safety in the draft has to play for the biggest jerk for a head coach!

  14. mtrhead269 says: May 8, 2014 10:47 PM

    Yet another safety with no coverage skills. Great.

  15. judalation says: May 8, 2014 10:48 PM

    Cooks would have been a better choice… The Jets need to realize that this is an OFFENSIVE league, the jets biggest need was an offensive playmaker.

    Having said that getting a safety is a good pick… but why not pick the best safety on the board?

  16. rtroy23 says: May 8, 2014 10:59 PM

    This guys a thumper. Love the move. Defense wins championships just ask the Seahawks.

  17. jetfan74 says: May 8, 2014 11:00 PM

    If this is an offensive league, how exactly did Seattle win the Lombardi last season??? That O wasn’t blowing the doors off anybody. D will always win championships!!!!

  18. zipnyc says: May 8, 2014 11:00 PM

    Pryor was rated higher than HaHa by most people and he does have range. This was a smart pick as it instantly helps the secondary which was weak and there are a ton of really good receivers available in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

  19. dynaco says: May 8, 2014 11:02 PM

    Don’t understand the correlation to Manziel.
    I guess if you’re a writer it’s frowned upon if you don’t mention his name???

  20. nytitans says: May 8, 2014 11:20 PM

    I was hoping for cooks or lee. Never heard of
    Pryor. Then I turned the pages on my draft
    mag and saw he was the top rated safety

    Also read the comments which said even from
    not jet fans. They said good pick

    Panthers just got Benjamin. Lets hope we get
    WR in 2nd & 3rd

  21. kgun80 says: May 8, 2014 11:46 PM

    realnflmaster | May 8, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

    EJ Manuel is gonna get KNOCKED OUT!!!! woooooooooooo!!!!

    I’d be praying for that too if I was you you. The fact that your hating on the Bills on a Jets thread is laughable. Have fun watching this guy follow Goodwin and Watkins into the endzone when EJ smokes you this year!
    #best WR corp in the NFL !

  22. pftfan says: May 8, 2014 11:50 PM

    Great pick by the Jets. You usually can’t go wrong drafting the top-rated player at his position.

  23. bassplucker says: May 9, 2014 12:03 AM

    The Bears needed this guy a lot more than the guy they took. Jets got a hell of a player at a position where good ones don’t come along very often.

  24. mtrhead269 says: May 9, 2014 12:29 AM

    Thumper yes, range no, nose for the ball no, good hands no, good special teams player yes, box safety yes.

    Now the Jets have three box safeties on the a Roster and no one to cover the deep middle.

    Marginal QB other than Dekker no one that can consistently catch the ball. Typical Ryan team decent not great defense, no offense.

    Good luck getting anything out of CJ behind that line. LMAO

  25. arrow43050 says: May 9, 2014 12:42 AM

    One thing I’ve learned is to trust Rex Ryan’s judgment when it comes to defensive players. He gets far more right than wrong, although the jury is still out on his DB picks (Kyle Wilson seems to be a bust but Dee Millner is working out pretty well after a bumpy start.). The Jets had a 7th Round pick (Antonio Allen), the #35 pick in the 7th round no less–almost Mr. Irrelevant–starting at FS before the draft. No bueno. Drafted the top rated safety. Bueno.

  26. wnstonchill says: May 9, 2014 7:49 AM

    Dear Calvin; Welcome to Hurricane Rex !

  27. pisano says: May 9, 2014 10:01 AM

    Good move, the Jets used their head in passing on Manziel. Pryor was the smart pick, and a position the Jets need to improve on.

  28. richdog212 says: May 9, 2014 12:14 PM

    Safe but nice move from Idzik. This will be a disaster however if they don’t pick up Lee, Amaro, Jenkins or even Nicklas, since they had a shot at Cooks who looks like he could be very special.

    Decker and Kerley with either Geno or Vick throwing to them isn’t exactly a a scary prospect for any NFL defense.

  29. zeke2517 says: May 9, 2014 12:56 PM

    “Has Rex Ryan ever heard of offense?”

    When did he become the GM?

  30. agcooney108 says: May 9, 2014 2:29 PM

    by the time we get down there, we could have jordan matthews, jarvis landry, cody latimer, donte moncrief, lee, asj, amaro, niklas, van noy, or sufalio. all immediate impact players and can be starters on the jets tomorrow

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