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For Lions, ESPN's Mel Kiper likes Pryor over Clinton-Dix, Dennard over Gilbert

ALLEN PARK — Mel Kiper is still moving players around on his draft board just two weeks before the NFL draft.

In a conference call today (Wednesday) Kiper, the ESPN NFL draft analyst, said he rates Calvin Pryor (Louisville) as the best safety in the draft by a slim margin over Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama).

The Lions could be interested in drafting a safety if they keep their 10th overall pick. 
“Clinton-Dix has range, he can cover, he’s a pretty good tackler ...,’’ Kiper said.

“You look at Pryor, Pryor is just lights out, Pryor competes, has coverage ability ... His 40 time doesn’t reflect how good he is.’’

Several mock drafts have the Lions taking Clinton-Dix at No. 10. Kiper said it would be a reach to draft Clinton-Dix at that spot, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.

Cornerback would also be a possibility for the Lions in the first round.

Kiper also said he sees Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard (in photo) as the top cornerback over Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State).

“Darqueze Dennard is an in-your-face, tough aggressive corner,’’ Kiper said. 

Other Kiper comments:
— He says it’s possibility Lions could trade up to No. 2 to draft wide receiver Sammy Watkins but it would be costly — St. Louis Rams would have to give up a shot at the top seven or eight players in the draft. Kiper loves Watkins, says he could be as good as A.J. Green when he was drafted.
— If the Lions draft a kicker in later rounds, Kiper likes Anthony Fera (Texas), Zach Hocker (Arkansas) or Chris Boswell (Rice) in that order.
— Linebacker Anthony Barr has visited the Lions but Kiper projects him to be drafted in 20s rather than top 15.
— Not out of the question for Michigan’s Taylor Lewan to be drafted No. 2. Doesn’t think he’ll go past No. 6.
— Without question, Kiper thinks Jadeveon Clowney is the No. 1 pick whether it’s the Texans or a team that trades up.

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