Jets pick Louisville safety Calvin Pryor at No. 18

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The Jets insisted they aren’t worried about his long-term durability with the mix of his size and physical play.

“That certainly hasn’t been his history,” Idzik said. “He usually inflicts it instead of receives it.”

The selection of Pryor kicked off a draft for the Jets in which they entered with 12 picks, the first time they had that many since 1998.

Idzik wouldn’t discuss whether the Jets considered Texas A&M; quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was still available when New York was on the clock. The GM did acknowledge that the Jets fielded several calls - and made calls themselves - about teams that were interested in trading up or down.

“We stuck to our philosophy. We stuck to our board,” Idzik said. “Calvin was our guy.”

Pryor, from Port St. Joe, Florida, wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school, and he believes that was mainly because he split time among football, basketball and baseball.

“The town was small and I never went to camps,” he said. “I played all three sports growing up, so I never had the chance to separate myself and show them that I was a heck of a football player. I played AAU basketball and AAU baseball, so I was all over the place.”

While Ryan declined to compare Pryor to any current NFL safety - something that has gotten the coach in some trouble in the past - the first-rounder said he might be similar to Chancellor and Tampa Bay’s Dashon Goldson.

“They’re big-time hitters,” Pryor said. “And they’re asked to do a lot.”


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