Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Green Bay Packers: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix could be a difference-maker

The Green Bay Packers go into the 2014 NFL Draft with many needs: offensive line, defensive line, inside linebacker and most glaringly, safety – that’s why in today’s Sunday aftern draft I’ve gone with the flow and selected the player everyone’s pointing toward – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Alabama.

Some say he may be overrated, but his is simply the top-rated safety in this draft and could be a difference-maker for the Packers at a position that was woefully weak in 2013.

Clinton-Dix is projected as a first or second round selection by all the draft gurus out there.

But how does Packers General Manager Ted Thompson feel about this particular player? We’ll find out in May when the draft clock starts. It will be at that time when we know which direction the Packers will go. But for now, let’s project Thompson taking Clinton-Dix because he doesn’t think the Alabama safety will fall far enough in the second round for him to select without trading up.

In fact, there are many who feel that he won’t drop as far as the Packers at number 21 and if Green Bay truly covets this player they might have to trade up … way up … in order to have a shot at him.

Thompson has done that in the past, so there is a precedence.

At 6-1, 209 pounds, Clinton Dix has the size and the speed (projected to run the 40 at about 4.6) to cover a lot of ground on the back end of the defense and to be able to crowd the line of scrimmage to help stop the run game.

Here’s what they are saying over at walterfootball.com about Clinton-Dix:

Clinton-Dix has 45 tackles, two interceptions and four passes broken up this year. He played well against Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, LSU and Mississippi State. Clinton-Dix was suspended for two games for taking a loan from an assistant, but Nick Saban reinstated him before the games against Arkansas. Clinton-Dix didn’t have his best game against Auburn as he got caught on a few misdirection runs.

Here’s what they’re saying over at CBSsports.com:

STRENGTHS: Clinton-Dix changes directions fluidly and accelerates smoothly. He reads the quarterback’s eyes well and breaks on the ball, showing a late burst to close downhill. He has plus hands for the interception and shows vision and natural open-field running skills with the ball in his hands. Clinton-Dix anticipates the run well, attacking the line of scrimmage to make some impressive stops up close.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn’t have the preferred strength, at this time, to break free from blocks and isn’t a consistently physical tackler, electing to grab and pull down ball-carriers rather than striking them forcefully.

 

Here is the full draft promulgated by the computers over at fanspeak.com – included with my pick of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – and below that is some film on the Alabama safety:

 

ALL PICKS

1
QB BLAKE BORTLES
HOUSTON TEXANS
2
OT JAKE MATTHEWS
ST. LOUIS RAMS
3
DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
4
QB JOHNNY MANZIEL
CLEVELAND BROWNS
5
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER
OAKLAND RAIDERS
6
OLB ANTHONY BARR
ATLANTA FALCONS
7
DE STEPHON TUITT
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
8
QB DEREK CARR
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
9
G DAVID YANKEY
BUFFALO BILLS
10
WR SAMMY WATKINS
DETROIT LIONS
11
OLB KHALIL MACK
TENNESSEE TITANS
12
CB BRADLEY ROBY
NEW YORK GIANTS
13
OLB KYLE VAN NOY
ST. LOUIS RAMS
14
DT LOUIS NIX III
CHICAGO BEARS
15
OT GREG ROBINSON
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
16
OT CYRUS KOUANDJIO
DALLAS COWBOYS
17
WR ALLEN ROBINSON
BALTIMORE RAVENS
18
WR MIKE EVANS
NEW YORK JETS
19
OT TAYLOR LEWAN
MIAMI DOLPHINS
20
OT ANTONIO RICHARDSON
ARIZONA CARDINALS

21

S HA’SEAN CLINTON-DIX

GREEN BAY PACKERS

22
ILB C.J. MOSLEY
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
23
WR JORDAN MATTHEWS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
24
ILB SHAYNE SKOV
CINCINNATI BENGALS
25
OLB RYAN SHAZIER
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
26
WR MARQISE LEE
CLEVELAND BROWNS
27
CB DARQUEZE DENNARD
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
28
WR KELVIN BENJAMIN
CAROLINA PANTHERS
29
TE ERIC EBRON
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
30
CB JASON VERRETT
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
31
CB JUSTIN GILBERT
DENVER BRONCOS
32
WR ODELL BECKHAM JR.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS


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