PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Calvin Pryor spoke for the first time to Philadelphia, and he said all the right things.
The Louisville safety, and first round NFL draft hopeful Pryor, known as a big hitter, spoke to 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis about the prospect of coming to Philadelphia to play for the Eagles.
“I would love to be in Philadelphia and playing for the Eagles,” Pryor said Wednesday afternoon. “They just have to draft me and I’ll be ready to go, but I appreciate, you know, the fans who want me there and everybody—I mean that’s an honor. Anybody would love to have that happen to them, so just with that happening to me I’m just very blessed and that’s just such an honor to be mentioned coming to the Philadelphia Eagles.”
The Eagles, having signed two safeties during the offseason, could still use a playmaker in the defensive secondary.
“I had a chance to meet with Coack Kelly at the scouting combine and he came to my Pro Day as well,” Pryor said. “So I just had a chance to meet with Coach Kelly and see what type of guy he is and see where his head is at. He’s very relaxed, but at the same time I can look in his eyes and tell he’s a winner at heart.”
When you mention the safety position and Philadelphia, it’s hard not to think of the franchise’s best player at the position; Brian Dawkins. As it turns out, Dawkins was a favorite of Pryor’s, something that should be music to the ears of Eagles fans.
“I just know about Brian Dawkins and the history of them, with Donovan McNabb. He [Dawkins] was one of my favorite safeties,” he said.
Pryor had the chance to play in the Eagles’ home stadium in 2013, when Louisville visited Temple.
“I loved it man. It was great weather during that time. The stadium [Lincoln Financial Field] is very, very nice,” Pryor said. “I didn’t get a chance to view the whole city, but the bits and pieces I did see—it reminds me a lot of Philly. I had a lot of guys talk about Philly and what the city brings. So I had an oppurtunity to be in the city and just view the city as a whole a little bit, but I really enjoyed it as a whole.”