Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Brennan Clay (24) runs as Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) pursues during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers targets: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor

Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix should be a top target for Green Bay.

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) tackles Oklahoma Sooners running back Brennan Clay (24) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports photograph


The Green Bay Packers had a successful season as they overcame adversity and still found a way to get to the playoffs though they needed a lot of help from the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions.

The Packers have a major need at safety and Ted Thompson needs to make sure that he brings in a young player with big talent via the 2014 NFL Draft. The Packers have Morgan Burnett to do a solid job at one of the spots but the Packers really have a major need at the other side. The Packers will have to get a big time safety and there are two players in Alabama’s Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix and Louisville’s Calvin Pryor who would both be very good fits.

In watching tape, Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix has stood out as a player that will immediately start at free safety somewhere in the league and make the impact the Packers desperately need. The Alabama safety had 2 interceptions this past season but he was the leader of an Alabama secondary for which he starred.

Clinton-Dix missed two games because of issues surrounding a loan from a coach – but that shouldn’t raise a red flag for anyone. Clinton-Dix seems to have great ball-hawking skills and some plays reminded me of former Baltimore Ravens’ star safety Ed Reed.

I personally think that Clinton-Dix is the top safety on the board but there are a few people who lean towards Louisville safety Calvin Pryor. Clinton-Dix seems likely to be a top 20 pick with teams like the St. Louis Rams, the Dallas Cowboys, and the New York Jets all being possible fits.

The Packers will likely have to make a deal to get a pick that could get them Clinton-Dix but they might be able to pull that off with the Rams who have traded down in recent years. Clinton-Dix would be a great guy to get for the Packers but a trade to move up and get him will cost Green Bay.

Calvin Pryor could end up in Green Bay.

Louisville Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor waves his arms to the crowd in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals beat the Miami Hurricanes 36-9 to win the Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. David Manning-USA TODAY Sports photograph

There is one other talented safety who can definitely make an immediate impact in Green Bay – Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.

Pryor also seems to profile as a free safety though his ability to come up the field and limit the gains of opposing running backs is quite impressive and could allow him to play strong safety.

Pryor also has decent range and does a good job at reading the quarterback and closing in on the potential receiver if that guy is near him. Pryor’s tape shows him as a leader that will make sure his teammates know the play. That indicates a certain level of maturity.

Pryor has been rising on draft boards with some ranking him ahead of Clinton-Dix though right now.

I see Pryor as the second best safety behind Clinton-Dix. Pryor is likely to be available when the Packers are on the clock with the 21st pick and seems likely to be the guy who could end up with the Cowboys, especially since Clinton-Dix might be gone by the time Dallas is on the clock. It seems likely that Pryor will be available for Green Bay at the 21st pick which would be very good for a Green Bay defense that needs another quality safety like Pryor.

Pryor would be a great addition for Green Bay and he seems likely to be playing home games at Lambeau Field in 2014. Pryor has also said he would love to be picked by the Packers in a Q&A with Lombardi Ave’s own Dan Dahlke.

Click here for Dan Dahlke’s Q&A with Calvin Pryor.

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  • NJPackFan

    If i know TT, he most likely doesn’t have a 1st round grade on either of these guys. Unless it’s at the very end of the 1st round.

    • Phillip

      Do you know what you’re talkin about?? Both guys are top 21 players in this draft. If we are able to get either 1, thatd probably be picking the most value and it’d fit our most needed spot. Think a little bit. You really think neither of these guys will be in his mind for the 21st pick??

      • NJPackFan

        I disagree. If you’re gonna use a first round pick on a safety, he better be in a league of his own- and I don’t think either of these guys are first round caliber players. They are this year because it is a weak safety class, but that doesn’t make them 1st round players in terms of value. It does in terms of need. Put it this way, hypothetically if these two guys and Kenny Vacaro and Eric Reid all came out in the same draft, neither Pryor nor Dix would go in the first round. I can guarantee you that TT will not draft a safety at 21.

        • Phillip

          You’re crazy, both these guys are outstanding Safety’s and if both Reid and Vaccaro were in this draft with em, they’d all be 1st round picks. Both are rated as top 20 players coming into this draft, a draft that is really deep for Safety, that there says enough about the talent of both Dix and Pryor to be top 20 players in this very rich draft. Pryor is the kind of guy who would change the face of a D with his physicality and Dix could be also by completely taking away the middle of the field. Both these guys are worthy of 1st round pick, we’ll be lucky if 1 of em even fell to us.

  • Jack_Gallant

    I’d rather see the Packers go defensive lineman in the first round. Just because the Packers have a great need at safety doesn’t mean they should take a safety in the first round. The only defensive lineman who shows consistent hustle is Mike Daniels and the Pack could use another lineman with his kind of hustle. There are two defensive lineman I like in the first round; Aaron Donald out of Pittsburgh and Ra’ Shede Hageman from Minnesota. Aaron Donald is lighter than Mike Daniels, but about the same height. The Packers don’t have anyone with Ra’Shede Hageman’s size. I’d like to see the Packers pick up a couple more defensive lineman later in the draft as well. Maybe DaQuan Jones of Penn State and Daniel McCullers of Tennessee.

    • Phillip

      Our 1st round pick this year has to make an immediate impact, unlike Datone and Perry the last 2 years. There’s no way we should draft DL in the 1st n risk having a repeat of last season. Unless you’re getting top 5-10 talent on DL its usually a developing process. Over the last few years though, 1st round safeties have been highly successful, n Pryor or Dix fills value and our biggest need. Because it seems to take longer to get major impact from DL, we should get what we need on the line through FA, bring in experience, also don’t be surprised if Raji stays put in GB as a DT, if he does n Datone develops, our front 3 will be just fine. Pryor, Dix or Mosely need to be our #1 pick. We’ll have a better understanding of who TT is looking for after FA starts n we sign either DL or Safety.

    • Phillip

      And also, you talk about consistent hustle and list Hageman, major knock on him is taking plays off and not being a full go all game. I do like Aaron Donald though, especially after seeing his combine but he’s likely to shoot up draft boards after his showing but I still don’t believe he’d be worth taking over Pryor or Dix and wouldn’t be as great of an impact as either safety.