Rant Sports 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Chicago Bears Select Calvin Pryor at No. 14
Fortunately for Chicago, Pryor, who is the second-ranked safety in the 2014 draft class, was still available. Surely, if Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was on the board, I would have chosen him as my first pick. However, Pryor is just as capable of instantly improving the Bears’ horrific safety position from last year.
In 2013, Chicago’s safeties were arguably the worst in the entire league. The organization decided not to bring back Major Wright, and Chris Conte, who is entering the last year of his rookie contract, will be on the mend leading up to training camp after undergoing shoulder surgery. Although the Bears did sign Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings, and Danny McCray, and re-signed Craig Steltz this offseason, none of them are talented enough to just hand a starting job to.
Pryor’s physical style of play will greatly benefit Chicago’s defense. The 2013 first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection is a sure tackler in the open field, which could help the Bears’ run defense that was dead last in the NFL. Furthermore, Pryor isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty near the line of scrimmage.
In addition to his physicality, Pryor also has the speed and awareness to quickly close on the football once it is in the air. His ball-hawking trait will blend in perfectly with a Bears defense that has a reputation of generating turnovers.
Besides addressing the safety position in the first round, it would make sense for Chicago to focus on beefing up at defensive tackle also. However, seeing that there are only two safeties that are worth selecting in the first round, it would be smart to get their hands on one of the two if they are available at pick No. 14. Ten of the top defensive tackles are projected to go in the first two rounds. There is a great chance that the Bears can still get a high-quality interior defensive lineman with their 51st overall pick.
Chances are that Clinton-Dix will no longer be available once Chicago is on the clock. So, selecting Pryor with the 14th overall pick will be the best way to strengthen their secondary for 2014.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.
Bears' Hroniss Grasu Will Compete For Starting Job
One of the biggest battles during Chicago Bears training camp features a high-character rookie. Find out why he could compete for a starting job. Read More
3 songs to describe Redskins’ upcoming 2015 season
Three songs that suit the Redskins for 2015 Read More
Three reasons the Cincinnati Bengals will be playing in January
I’ve put together three reasons why the Bengals will finally break through into the win column in January. Now I know one of them 80 percent of the "Nati" faithful will disagree with me on, but that is a risk I will have to take. Regardless I do believe this season is going to be one to remember for Cincinnati. It may not end with a Super Bowl win or appearance for that matter, but they will finally show what they can do with all the talent that they have, and get that long awaited playoff win. Here's why... Read More
Five players who could be taking their last shot at the NFL with the Raiders
The Raiders are no longer where NFL players go to die, but these five are still using the Silver and Black to make what may be a final go at the NFL. Read More
QB Rankings: Rating the projected Week 1 starters from 1-32
When the games start for reason, which teams are in the best shape? This list answers that question. Read More