As we move another day closer to the NFL Draft, the needs of the Green Bay Packers have not changed. The safety position is just one of a handful of positions the Packers are looking to improve. Since we don’t know if Ted Thompson will utilize free agency to fill any positions, the Packers organization will look to find talent in the draft.
As far as the safety position goes, who will Green Bay look to grab as the twenty-first pick in the draft come May?
Well, best-case scenario is HaHa Clinton-Dix falling to the Packers and directly into their secondary. Clinton-Dix is a junior out of Alabama who changes directions fast and easy. He also accelerates smoothly and can reach downhill speed in very quick bursts. This allows him to move into position for the sure tackle or interception. He has been impressive for Alabama both in pass and run defense. Clinton-Dix would be a valuable body to have in the Packers secondary who could make an impact right away. If he’s still available, look for the Packers to waste no time getting their pick in.
How about other safeties?
Calvin Pryor is another promising safety that could make a big impact in the NFL. He’s a junior out of Louisville who is probably the hardest hitting safety that will be available in the draft. We all know the Packers could use a hard hitter in the secondary. Pryor could be the presence that makes receivers weary and unsure about themselves. He gives maximum effort on every play but many of his critics bring up his coverage ability and we all know the Packers are trying to improve that. I think Pryor is a solid number two to Clinton-Dix and is definitely going to be picked up day one.
Finally, there’s Dion Bailey out of Southern California. He led Southern Cal with five interceptions and broke up six passes as a junior. He then finished with 62 tackles (fourth on the team), including 6-1/2 for losses. Bailey is a pretty durable defender. Thanks, to his lanky build, he can weave through crowds of blockers and get to the ball. He’s got a great eye for the ball and anticipates the play well. With his instincts, Bailey could be the great ball hawk that the Packers have been missing as of late. Along, with the others, I think Bailey is a solid first or second round pick.
These are just a few safeties that I think would be a great fit in the Packers’ secondary. The Packers are a draft and develop team so these guys, with the right coaches and attention, could be instrumental for the Packers in revamping the defense.