Pros: Has good strength and a solid power player. Is a good bull rusher. Effective in short area, but shows surprising closing burst on the QB. Has improved motor and will attempt to chase, although he's not going to make the play.
Cons: Inconsistency is his main problem. Lacks the quickness to be a significant factor as a pass rusher, unless he's taking on weaker blockers. Doesn't get off blocks well and inconsistent gaining leverage at the point of attack vs. the run. Not great vs. double teams. His motor is improved, but still not great. Doesn't break down well once he gets penetration and misses too many stops in the backfield.
Overview: He ﬂashes potential as a nose tackle, but still needs works. Has experience playing the 1, 3, and 5 techniques, although the majority of his reps appear to come at the 3-technique. Suspended for season opener in 2007 for violating team rules. Was not very productive as a junior after a strong sophomore year, but bounced back his senior year.
NFL Forecast: Pryor would be a nice two-down player in the 4-3, but his greatest potential lies as a nose tackle in the 3-4 scheme. He's a big guy that ﬂashes the skill set necessary to be a solid starting nose tackle in the 2-gap scheme, but is not consistent. May have something to do with conditioning or just lacking effort. He seems to be a guy that only tries to rely on his massive size and strength, rather than developing good technique. If he develops that good technique, he'll make a solid starter in the 3-4. If he doesn't, he'll continue to tease at the next level. At the least, he should be able to help in a rotation for either a 3-4 or 4-3 team.
ATL Forecast: Pryor could definitely help the Falcons rotation and could provide that Grady Jackson-like presence of massive size. But like Jackson was a year ago, he won't be a significant contributor vs. the run early on. As he develops and gets better could be a nice starter for the Falcons, but he's a bit of a project. Has the potential to start in a 4-3 scheme because he does have some potential as a bull rusher, but would essentially be a two-down starter for the Falcons.
Value: A 3-4 team wouldn't be crazy to take a chance on him late in the fourth round based off his potential. But otherwise, I'd probably hold off until the fifth or sixth round.
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