Dallas Draft Day Dilemma: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix vs. Calvin Pryor

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Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats wide receiver Chris Moore (15) its tackled by Louisville Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor (25) during the first quarter at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Calvin Pryor is certainly no slouch either. When you watch the game tape on him, his hitting ability is the first thing to jump out at you. He has no problem being physical and brings a bit of an intimidation factor to the field. This is backed up by his nine career forced fumbles. Even though he is a physical force, he does have the requisite ball skills needed to be a major asset in coverage as well.

In three years at Louisville, Pryor had seven interceptions and eighteen passes defensed which is on par with Clinton-Dix. If Pryor has any weaknesses in coverage, it would come in one-on-one situations against speed based receivers or guys in the slot. If you’re looking for a center fielder type of safety who can augment your run defense however, you could not do much better than Pryor.

Much like his counterpart, Pryor had a semi-pedestrian combine, displaying above average but not elite speed (their forty times were both 4.58 seconds) and not much else in the other drills. He did bench more than Clinton-Dix (18 reps at 225 lbs versus 11 reps) and had a better cone drill time (6.98 seconds over 7.16 seconds) but lost to Clinton-Dix in the shuttle drill (4.30 to Clinton-Dix’s 4.16). This confirms what the game film indicates which is Pryor is better suited for zone type schemes and less likely to be proficient in man-to-man concepts.

Overall, each prospect would represent a massive upgrade to what the Cowboys currently have on the roster. Each has their pros which heavily outweigh their cons so in this case, it really comes down to a better fit. While Clinton-Dix may bring to mind recent disappointments in choosing a defensive back with a great college pedigree (see Claiborne, Morris), in my mind he still represents the better choice for Dallas.  Pryor would be the perfect safety for the Cowboys, if they already had a coverage type player in place. Unfortunately, he duplicates Barry Church too much, even if he may be better all-around.  Because of this, if Dallas was to go the safety route with the 16th overall selection, the index card should read Hasean Clinton-Dix, safety, University of Alabama.

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  • David

    Tyrone I am with you. Either one of these guys would walk on and be arguably the best safety on the roster. That being said I like Pryor a little bit better because of his hard hitting intimidating factor. Denvers wr’s were damn near scared shitttttles about going over the middle on Chancelor and Thomas. That was a big factor in the game…

  • PaulTX

    One of the two or both will be gone by #16. That being said, I prefer Pryor.

  • will hall

    Either one, would be fine with me, our safety play the last 10 years has been terrible.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Select neither. Draft DL at 16.

    • David

      Yeah and who plays FS. Please dont say one of the stiffs already on the roster.

      • ctcowboy1968

        DL makes the secondary better not the other way around. It all starts with the DL. See Kevin Smith’s (great Cowboy CB) article on the dallascowboy site.

        • David

          They make them better against average teams. But in todays pass happy NFL the Safeties need to be legit. Lets put it this way. Manning broke the completion record in the SB this year. Seattle’s safeties were there in position every time to limit the damage and even make a pick. If Seattle had our garbage Safeties Id bet a G Denver wins that game. A good D-line helps but they dont make gold out of dog crap.

          • ctcowboy1968

            Really can’t compare Seattle’s #1 D to Dallas #32 D or any other. In the off season, the O coordinators will break them down and FA will break them apart. Anyway, Seattle’s secondary is basically LB’s across the board that can cover and smack people. Dallas isn’t going to create that scenario.

          • David

            No you cant comapre the safeties and thats my point. Seattle’s safeties are legit and can cover, make plays, get turnovers and be in good position. The Cowboys cant be compared because they suck.

        • brian basile

          Agree DL makes secondary a LOT better…Just dont see a DE worth 16 and dont feel a real need for a DT this early…even if Donald is there, think he ends up a bust….

  • brian basile

    My draft wish list is Pryor/Dix 1st, Creighton/Murphy 2nd, Richardson/Dozier 3rd, Christian Jones 4th, Brad Smith 5th, trade into 6th and get Michael Schofield and if Aaron Lynch is there in seventh….Im stoked…EVERY one of these players I can see contributing right away and spot is possible….We may even be able to trade back a few spots and still ge one of the Safeties, lets say with Jets and pick up a 4th..With that pick I take McCullers DT Tenn

    If they are both there…I prefer Pryor…