Calvin Pryor acknowledged Sunday what everyone who follows the Green Bay Packers has known for quite some time. Their safety group could use some help. Asked during the final media portion of this year’s NFL scouting combine if the Louisville junior has pondered which NFL teams could benefit from his talents, Green Bay was one of the first teams he mentioned. For good reason, too. Coming off a season in which none of their safeties recorded an interception, the organization must take a long look at this year’s class, specifically its two alpha males: Pryor and Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The Packers are doing just that with formal interviews scheduled with both likely first-round picks in May’s draft. Presently, Clinton-Dix (6-foot-1, 206 pounds) holds the early advantage in the minds of most, but it’s a narrow margin over the 5-11, 207 Pryor. “It’s a great need for the NFL,” said Pryor, who said the Packers were among 27 teams he was meeting with. “With the NFL being a passing league now, you need more DBs out there now who can make plays on the ball.” The Packers hit last year on running back Eddie Lacy, tackle David Bakhtiari and defensive back Micah Hyde, but they shunned a safety-rich draft class and left their secondary shallow in depth. Morgan Burnett didn’t live up to the billing of a big-time extension, M.D. Jennings made little impact and 2012 fourth-rounder Jerron McMillian was sent packing in December for repeated mistakes.
Safeties Clinton-Dix, Pryor likely among Packers' top draft targets
Packers News | Feb 24