Chicago Bears Draft Choices: Calvin Pryor or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; General view of Radio City Music Hall during the 2013 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; General view of Radio City Music Hall during the 2013 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft isn’t necessarily about making difficult decisions on the spot with the clock running.  Instead, these scenarios are played out well in advance.   With the Draft just days away, I thought we’d have a little fun and put ourselves in Phil Emery’s shoes.   I’ll propose some possible scenarios that Emery and the Bears could face and we’ll see what decision you’d make as you play GM.

The first Draft Choice is between the top safeties in the draft, Louisville’s Calvin Pryor and Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.  Let’s look at the case for and against each:

Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor (25) prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville (5’11″, 207 lbs)

Here’s Pryor’s profile from our own Mike Flannery:

Pryor has the versatility to play either safety position and is solid against both the run and pass. He’s also a big hitter with good range in coverage and a play-maker at either safety spot. Right now Pryor is better against the run than the pass, but his coverage skills have improved every year at Louisville.

The case to draft…

Pryor is a bit of a thumper in the defensive backfield.  He’s known as a big hitter who could bring some intimidation to the Bears’ secondary, hearkening back to the days of Gary Fencik or Doug Plank.  The Seahawks had their Legion of Boom and Pryor could be the lynchpin to that type of intensity to the Bears defense.

The case not to draft…

Pryor can be a little reckless and undisciplined in the secondary.  He’s been known to take bad angles (sound familiar?) and often looks to make the big hit rather than the sure play.  That sounds a little like Brandon Meriweather.  The Bears defense is predicated on discipline and being gap responsible.

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  • Erik Lambert

    Everything will depend on the job Mel Tucker wants done. If he favors stopping the run first, then I imagine a thumper like Pryor would be more appealing to him. On the other hand, if he prefers forcing turnovers and playing sound coverage, then Clinton-Dix is the better option.

  • Sam Sheneman

    Pryor offers more versatility because he plays 2 positions equally well. as a Bears fan I hope I’m wrong about Clinton-Dix if the Bears get him. but I don’t see the difference maker of Mike brown in Clinton-Dix. Brown was a much harder hitter a Leader and a difference maker on one the NFL’s best for years.

  • IUCannon

    I personally think Deone Bucannon is a better value than either Pryor or Clinton-Dix. Now I haven’t gone through an in-depth scouting report on anyone the way teams, draft analysts, or columnists have but the stats and combine numbers say Bucannon has a chance to be better. It makes more sense to trade back (difficult but might have to give up a little value), grab Donald (if available), or take Gilbert (if available). In my dream scenario, the Bears move back towards the end of the 1st round and pick up additional 2/3rd and at least a 4-6th rounder. It could afford them the possibility of grabbing more than 1 DL as well as getting a legit S and CB who could contribute right away.

  • Randy Challenge

    As far as Safety goes I’d wait until the 2nd round and get Ward or Brooks both cover the most ground and have the best FS potential. Not sure what this article is talking about Mundy isn’t a FS if he’s our FS it’s going to be a long year Mundy is a damn good in box Safety he’s no cover guy.