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Combine Q&A: Louisville’s Calvin Pryor the draft’s most physical safety
INDIANAPOLIS — With a defense going through a major makeover after an awful 2013 season, the Sun-Times is looking at draft prospects the Bears may target in the 2014 draft. This Q&A with Louisville safety Calvin Pryor is part of that series. (To read more of his Bears ties, click here)
On how he became such a physical player:
I love the game of football. I was brought up on toughness. To play the game of football, you have to be tough. And it’s a thinking game.
On his versatility:
I feel like I’m a very versatility. I can drop into the middle of the field and cover a lot of range, and just break on the ball.
On who he watches in the NFL:
I became a huge fan of (Seattle safety) Kam Chancellor after this past season, just seeing the things he does on the field and how he can affect the game so much.
On where he played in college — in the box or in the middle of the field:
My first two years at Louisville I played mostly in the middle of the field. But after becoming a playmaker, you know, causing fumbles and getting interceptions, coaches started moving me around, having the ability to play all over the place.
On what makes him the top safety in the draft:
All the things I can do. I can play strong safety, free safety. I can come up and hit. I feel like I can cover. Just a play-maker and I’m a leader.
On talking to the Bears:
Matter of fact, my defensive line coach, Clint Hurtt, he’s at Chicago now. He’ll be feeding me (information) and giving me updates on how everything’s going.
On how he balances the line between being too physical and being a force on the field:
In today’s game you have to watch how you tackle people and make sure you don’t have no head-on-head collisions. So I mainly just try to wrap up and just use my shoulder pads.