A Scout's Take on Comparing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Calvin Pryor

Bob FoxContributor IMarch 1, 2014

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Ha Ha Clinton-DixMichael Conroy/Associated Press

I once again had an opportunity on Friday to speak with scout Chris Landry on Steve Duemig's radio show. Chris is one the best in the business when it comes to evaluating prospects for the NFL draft.

I wanted to get Landry's opinion comparing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor to each other. Both are considered to be the top two safeties in the 2014 NFL draft.

There is a lot to like about each of them.

Over the past two seasons at Alabama, Clinton-Dix had 88 tackles, seven interceptions and 13 passes defended.

Meanwhile, over his three-year career at Louisville, Pryor had 218 tackles, two sacks, seven interceptions, 18 passes defended, one fumble recovery and nine forced fumbles.

Mike Mayock, who is the draft analyst for the NFL Network, has Pryor rated over Clinton-Dix in his safety position rankings.

At the NFL Scouting Combine this past week, both Clinton-Dix and Pryor ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58. The big difference between Clinton-Dix and Pryor was in the bench press reps. Pryor had 18 reps, while Clinton-Dix had 11.

Calvin Pryor
Calvin PryorMichael Conroy/Associated Press

I've done four mock drafts this year for the Green Bay Packers, and I had the Pack taking Pryor in the first round in my second mock draft, while in my most recent mock draft I had Green Bay taking Clinton-Dix in the first round.

That's why I wanted to get Landry's take on comparing Clinton-Dix to Pryor.

I think the difference between Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor, I think both are outstanding. Both will be really good players. I think Clinton-Dix is a little more rangy in coverage and Pryor is a little more physical coming down the hill in defending the run. The both can play free (safety), but I think Clinton-Dix has a little bit more range. It's really what you are looking for. Pryor does a good job of playing deep, but coming down hill a little bit better than Clinton-Dix defending the run. Both can latch-on to cover or slide-cover the tight end. They can stay on the field in the nickel. Both are very good. I expect them to go high (in the 2014 NFL draft), but I think Clinton-Dix's range is a little bit better.  

Note: Combine results are courtesy of NFL.com.

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