May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Calvin Pryor (Louisville) poses for a photo with commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number eighteen overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the New York Jets at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jets think Calvin Pryor is 'smart enough to quarterback the secondary as a rookie'

The New York Jets used their first-round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft on Louisville Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor. While some would’ve liked to see the Jets consider drafting Johnny Manziel, general manager John Idzik reportedly wasn’t interested in a repeat of the Tim Tebow circus.

The Jets had their sights set on Pryor the whole time and were watching and hoping he’d fall to them and their draft room reportedly erupted after the Baltimore Ravens selected linebacker C.J. Mosley. In a report from Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, the Jets think so highly of Pryor, that they envision him being the quarterback of the defense.

“The Jets are happy with Pryor,” Cimini writes. “They believe he’s smart enough to quarterback the secondary as a rookie. Rex Ryan always talks up his rookies, but he’s particularly smitten with Pryor. ”

Safety was a position of need for the Jets, who even brought in Ed Reed during the 2013 season after he was cut by the Houston Texans.

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