Round 4, Pick 15: Troy Pride Jr, CB, Notre Dame
Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden selected four players from the 2019 Senior Bowl and that seemed to work out.
In an interview last month, Mayock explained how much value he puts into the Senior Bowl stating, “I think the comparison is always, you know, do you like these All-Star games or do you like the Combine better? And I’ve always liked the All-Star games better.”
Troy Pride Jr. was the highlight in a rather weak showing by the 2020 cornerback Senior Bowl attendees. Like Ashtyn Davis, Pride is also on his school’s track team but as a sprinter instead of a hurdler.
That means he obviously has elite level straight-line speed, which you need in the AFC West facing the burners the Kansas City Chiefs put on the field every Sunday.
Pride may not jump out on tape, but he has improved every year during his time at Notre Dame. In 2019 he gave up 5.7 yards per target according to Pro Football Focus and 120 fewer yards than he did in 2018.
He does not have ideal length or size, but he does excel in off-man coverage which defensive coordinator Paul Guenther runs a lot of.
With a strong Senior Bowl showing and probably a good Combine, Pride is a player to keep on your radar and is a nice value here in the fourth round filling a position of need.