You don’t pick box safeties 18th overall Dan Leberfeld

You don’t pick box safeties with the 18th pick of the first round.

Jets rookie Calvin Pryor was picked 18th overall in the 2014 draft.

When you pick a safety that high, he needs to be a complete safety, equally proficient in the box and in coverage.

So this idea that the Jets aren’t using Calvin Pryor right is hogwash.

Should they use him more in the box than they have, perhaps, but a first-round safety also needs to be a difference-maker in coverage.

If you want to pick a box safety, wait until into the middle-late rounds.

Pryor is more than a box safety. He was very good in coverage at Louisville. Last year against Central Florida, he had an impressive one-handed pick in the end zone.

“He’s a little better on the back end than he gets credit for,” said draft expert Mike Mayock of the NFL Network.

I think Pryor is going to be an excellent NFL safety in time.

Like I mentioned yesterday, his problem this year isn’t related to his role.

The problem is he was rushed into the starting lineup before he was ready.

Rex Ryan needs to tweak his approach a little when it comes to some first round rookies.

Not all of them are ready to start from the get-go.

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