How the safeties fared at the NFL combine...
By Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel Feb. 26, 2014
Green Bay — Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor are the top safeties, for different reasons.
Terrence Brooks believes he's the best, and comes from an undefeated, loaded Florida State.
Vanderbilt's Kenny Ladler has big-play potential. Jimmie Ward stood out at the Senior Bowl. Deone Bucannon is a physical option. The scouts are torn.
So how'd they do at the NFL scouting combine? A few highlights from players at a position of need for Green Bay...
--- Clinton-Dix ran well. Of the top two safeties, Pryor might seem the most athletic on a highlight reel. But Clinton-Dix is no stiff. He ran a 4.58 in the 40 and ranked fourth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.16 seconds) amongst safeties and third in the 60-yard shuttle (11.63 seconds).
Teams will probably like the fact that Clinton-Dix handled a lot of responsibility on the back end, particularly as a junior in 2013.
“I had to step up as more of a leader," Clinton-Dix said. "My sophomore year, I had Robert Lester back there to help me out a lot. Going into my junior year, I had to step up and find my new role. I had to step up and do that and be able to communicate with my young corners and linebackers.”
--- Brooks had the best 40 time at his position (4.42), speed that could help him compensate for his lack of size (5-11, 198). His 38-inch vertical leap also tied Brooks for first, with Utah State's Mo Alexander.
The Florida State safety says he has a game that transfers.
“Just being able not to come off the field," Brooks said. "I feel like I’m able to stay on the field with my cover skills, whether it’s man to man or up high. And I’m physical, too. I can go down in the box and handle things, too. Being versatile and being plugged in, I feel like that’s one of my good things.”
--- Pryor was a lot shorter than most expected. The Louisville safety was listed at 6-2 in college, but officially measured in at 5 feet 11 1/8 inches tall. He did manage 18 reps on the bench press (fourth) and ran the 40 in 4.58, so the speed and strength teams see on film showed up in this setting, too.
“Just allow me to be me," Pryor said in Indy. "Put me in position to make plays. I love watching the Steelers and Seahawks because they’re so aggressive. They’re greedy. They’re built off toughness and that’s the type of system I want to be a part of.”
--- Deone Bucannon was solid across the board. His 4.49 ranked third at the position, his 19 reps ranked third, his 36 ˝ inch vertical was third, his 10-feet, 5-inch broad jump rankes second his 6.96-second three-cone drill ranked third and his 4.26-second 20-yard shuttle ranked eighth. Not a bad week for a player that needs to show he can play in space.