Although Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the consensus best free safety, it seems that Calvin Pryor is getting more of the hype. Pryor might be the fan-favorite because he is the fan-favorite, but Clinton-Dix is the most complete safety in this draft class. Unlike Pryor, Clinton-Dix has great vision that allows him to follow the quarterback’s eyes. His combination of ball skills and coverage skills are top-notc, and there is no reason why he can’t be a perennial Pro Bowler one day in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys are interested in a safety, and Clinton-Dix would be a good option.
The problem about Clinton-Dix is that he may not be available when the Cowboys are on the clock. There have been rumors that Clinton-Dix won’t get past the Rams at pick 13. There have been also been rumors that the Lions will draft him at pick 10. The safety position fluctuates every year. In 2012, Mark Barron was mocked to Dallas in almost every mock draft. Barron was drafted by the Buccaneers at the sixth pick of that draft. Something interesting is that Pryor reminds me of Barron. He is a big-hitter who makes his presence felt in the defensive backfield.
I’m one of those people that thinks Dallas doesn’t need to address the safety position until later in the draft. Before his concussion injury in the beginning of the season, J.J. Wilcox was having a stellar season for the Cowboys. After the injury, he ended up losing the starting job to Jeff Heath. To be clear, Heath is nothing more than a special teams player.
Wilcox is an intriguing player because he is still relatively new to the free safety position. He used to be wide receiver before being converted to a free safety after his junior season. Dallas drafted Wilcox out of Georgia Southern because they liked his raw ability. Wilcox had to miss a large portion of training camp because he went back to Georgia, his home state, to visit his ailing mother. During his stay there, his mother passed away. After the incident, Wilcox did not play the same. Before drafting a safety early, the Cowboys should give Wilcox another year to prove that he is the long-term solution at free safety.