He wasn't chosen in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft, but don't tell that to Lonnie Pryor.
If you didn't know any better, you would have thought the former FSU player was one of the first players of the board in the 2013 Draft the way he was playing in the Jaguars' rookie mini-camp this past weekend.
The Jaguars were impressed with the undrafted rookie free agent, hopefully enough to add him to the 90-man roster and invite him back for OTAs, which begin a week from today.
The team needs help all over the board, but fullback is a position where the team expected to re-sign veteran free agent Greg Jones, who like Pryor, was a great player in Tallahassee before making the jump to the NFL.
Jones was a second round pick of the Jaguars in 2004. According to a story in the Florida Times-Union, Pryor heard from other teams like Denver, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Houston.
The Jaguars are glad he chose North Florida to continue playing football. At 228 pounds, Pryor will be a "lite" fullback, smaller than possibly all starting fullbacks in the NFL. Pryor said can stand up to the pounding and the rigors of the next level.
“I feel I can do the job at 228 better than anybody,” he said.
At one point at FSU, he was up to 235 pounds because FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher wanted him to be bigger. Pryor did not like the feel or the results, so he lost the weight and feels comfortable at this size.
"It wasn’t muscle and that slowed me down a little bit. Now, after training in Arizona for three months, it’s a good 228.”
The Jaguars currently only have one fullback on the roster and will go to camp with Will Ta’ufo’ou. Pryor hopes to change that with his performance on the practice field and hopefully during the preseason. The fact some of the offensive game-planning done by Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch is similar to some of the things he worked on in college.
Pryor will be used mainly as a blocking back for Maurice Jones-Drew and Justin Forsett, but will also get a chance to carry the ball from time to time. He also said he cannot wait to be back in Jacksonville next week.
“I just have the fullback title now, but in my eyes, I think and I know I can play tailback,” he said. “But right now I’m a fullback so I have to make the blocks, catch it out of the backfield and play special teams.”