- Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Pryor and Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are the consensus top two safeties in the 2014 NFL draft class.
ESPN Draft Insider Todd McShay had Pryor going to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 20 overall in the first round in his latest mock draft. ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper rates Pryor as the No. 1 safety in the entire draft class.
Pryor is known as a violent hitter in run support with above-average instincts who finished second on the Cardinals defense last year with 75 tackles. For his career at Louisville, Pryor had nine tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles and two sacks. He started 32 games and appeared in 38 over three seasons in college.
Pryor was suspended for one game in 2013 for breaking an undisclosed team rule, but he does not have the reputation as being a problem off the field or in the locker room.
The Bears, who hold the 14th overall selection in the first round, are clearly doing their homework on the best available safeties in the draft. Washington State safety Deone Bucannon visited Halas Hall the first week teams were allowed to host draft-eligible players at their respective facilities.
Even though the Bears signed free-agent safeties Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings and Danny McCray, and re-signed veteran Craig Steltz, the club could be looking to draft a difference-maker capable of cracking the starting lineup as a rookie. Last year's starting free safety, Chris Conte, will be sidelined until training camp after undergoing shoulder surgery March 26.