Yahoo: Troy Pride Jr. Made Money At The Senior Bowl

Bryan Driskell

The Senior Bowl accolades continue to roll in for former Notre Dame cornerback Troy Pride Jr., who was outstanding all week at the event. Pride was rated as a top performer after each practice, and he capped the week off with an interception that helped break the game open.

Yahoo Sports draft analyst Eric Edholm, Pride was one of 12 players that boosted their draft stock from the event, which means they made themselves some money with their performance.

Here's what Edholm had to say about Pride:

"Pride was one of the best cover men in the secondary at the Senior Bowl, along with Pitt CB Dane Jackson and UCLA CB Darnay Holmes, throughout the week.

"There has never been any question about Pride’s athleticism. He runs for Notre Dame track, logging the team’s best times in the 60- and 200-meter dashes at the ACC Championship, and should be a big performer at the combine.

"Of course, Pride has less-than-ideal size (5-11, 193 pounds, with shorter arms and small hands) and was just OK on tape this season. But this past week, he took on all comers with sticky coverage in man and nice instincts and positioning in zone coverage.

"Pride also showed more of an edge this week than I had seen previously, and don’t think evaluators overlooked that aspect. With his makeup speed, Pride could be drafted as a man corner, which isn’t something he was asked to do a lot of with the Irish. He might crack the third round now after entering the week with mostly fourth- and fifth-round projections."

Pride finished the 2019 season with 40 tackles, six pass break ups and an interception. According to Pro Football Focus, Pride allowed a career-low 5.7 yards per target and gave up 120 fewer yards in 2019 than he allowed in 2018.

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Comments (3)
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Irishfan11
Irishfan11

Agree that he had a nice showing. However, I don’t think he was just “ok” on tape this season according to the analyst. He was actually great in coverage all season and most of last season as well. It’s a shame he got such a bad reputation. He gave up some catches on great back shoulder throws and jump balls. But most of the time, QBs wouldn’t even throw his way.

thomasna33
thomasna33

When did 5-11 193lbs become not ideal? I'll take a whole bunch of corners with those measurables and 4.35 speed. Is the knock on Pride that he isn't physical enough?

StanSteele
StanSteele

@Irishfan11 I totally agree, the only time teams threw to his side of the field was pretty much back shoulder fades. He would've had to be out of bounds in order to make a play on those balls. Other than that, I believe there was one 50/50 ball in the end zone. Otherwise, the kid shut down every receiver he covered. As far as being physical, he would need to at least be in the position to have to defend a pass to show any physicality.


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