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Pryor III, Calvin

Card: Leaf 2014
Acquired: 2018, Walmart Autographed Memorabilia

Calvin Pryor III played college ball at Louisville. A starter as a true Freshman, Pryor started laying down the wood for the Cardinals in 2011 with 43 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 5 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles playing the majority of his snaps at free safety. He continued his wrecking ways in 2012, posting a solid 100 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and 2 interceptions. In his final year at Louisville (2013), Calvin finished with 72 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, and 4 passes defended. A physical player, Pryor amazingly knocked a player out in 3 consecutive games. There was a lot of buzz surrounding Calvin entering the 2014 NFL Draft, and scouts loved his set skills, instincts, and physicality- all things you’d ask for in a free safety roaming the line of scrimmage. He ended up going #18 overall to the New York Jets.

Well Pryor had a rough rookie season to say the least. He hd some bright spots, but he missed 15 total tackles on the year.  In 11 starts Calvin clocked 60 combined tackles, 2 pass defended, and .5 sacks. It was a rough trial by fire to say the least.  2015 proved to be his best season on record. Moved around the field and playing both safety positions, Pryor finished with 69 total tackles, 2 interceptions, 6 pass deflections, and a forced fumble.  He’d be moved out to strong safety for the 2016 season, and regressed. Considered a liability in coverage, Calvin had 6 pass deflections, a forced fumble, and 60 total tackles.  After a tumultuous offseason, Calvin was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2017, but soon thereafter be released by the franchise for fighting with a teammate. He was subsequently picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but released before the end of the season, suiting up for just 2 games. The Texans kicked the tires on Calvin at the end of 2017 but opted not to sign him.

Currently Calvin is a free agent. I think he’s still got the skills to ball. A lot of good in the box safeties seem to go through this pariah stage of their career, but at some point find a home that really suits their unique skillset. Case in point Bonecrusher Bernard Pollard or DJ Swearinger.  Both of these guys were great playmakers, who just needed to be put in systems that really showcased their abilities at or close to the line of scrimmage. As Calvin is still young, there’s still hope for him left, and if the NFL isn’t where it is at, I think he’d make a fine addition to the Alliance of American Football.

Carter, Tevin

leaf16_twaynesCard: Leaf Draft 2016
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker

Tevin Carter finished off his career at Utah in smashing style, as the Las Vegas Bowl MVP recording 2 interceptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.  With the flexibility to play both Safety positions, Carter played 2 years at Utah recording 72 total tackles,  9 TFL, 1 FR, 4 pass deflections, and 4 interceptions for 147 yards.

An intriguing prospect and solid tackler, Tevin has excellent size and speed for the position.  Scouts believe that Carter still needs some polish to really get his game up to the NFL level.  Tevin looked to be a 3rd day selection or a priority free agent, but went undrafted in 2016.

He signed with the Washington Redskins who quickly listed him as a LB/S hybrid.  After not catching on with the Skins, Tevin was given a tryout by the Panthers but has not caught on with a team.

Alexander, Dominique

leaf15_domalexanderCard: Leaf Draft 2016
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker

After taking the Big 12 by storm in his Freshman season, Dominique Alexander held down the starting position at linebacker for the Sooners for 3 years before joining his brother Derrick  in the 2016 NFL draft.  Undersized, but plays with intensity, Alexander is wildly at home equally chasing the run or guarding against the pass. Scouts want to see Dominique bulk up some and improve on shedding blocks.

The 3rd ranked ILB in the 2016 draft, Alexander is expected to go early in either the 2nd or 3rd round. Surpisingly Dominique fell off the draft boards all together. He quickly found a home with the Cleveland Browns and made 7 total tackles and a fumble recovery in his rookie year.