SELECTED BY ATLANTA , ROUND 6, PICK 21, OVERALL PICK 186
DB | (6'0", 196, 4.61) | Southern Miss | COLLEGE STATS
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Comments: Pruitt has adequate speed. Instinctive, extremely active. Fills hard, terrific range in run support. Good hands when sifting through traffic. Takes great angles. Power as a tackler, fine job of breaking down in open field. Very good range in zone. Good burst when coming forward. Excellent closing quickness. Can cover deep middle. Very good recognition, ballhawk who has great timing, ball skills in coverage. Undersized for safety. Will struggle to match up near line of scrimmage in NFL. Lacks lower-body strength, will struggle to take on, shed blocks. More consistent in zone than man coverage. Not too good at getting in shove at line of scrimmage in press. Lacks recovery speed to make up for mistakes. Can't turn, run with faster receivers. Much more fluid, explosive when moving forward, laterally than when forced to turn, run. Loses too much in transition. Pruitt started 37 consecutive games at Southern Miss. As a junior, he finished with 139 tackles, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. As senior, he had 111 tackles, four tackles for loss, three interceptions and 10 passes broken up. Although Pruitt dominated Conference USA, he will struggle to match up in the NFL. He does not have great size potential, and he must bulk up and add strength to match up in the box. He should have good range in zone coverage, but he is not good enough in man-to-man situations to be left alone vs. slot receivers or bigger tight ends. If Pruitt bulks up, he will have a chance to become a starting free safety after getting time to adjust to the speed of the NFL. He also is a terrific special-teams candidate (he blocked six kicks in college). He is a solid early Day 2 prospect.* Player biographies are provided by Scouts Inc.