NFL Draft Profile: Alabama FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

NFL Draft Profile: Alabama FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
April 1, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Ha’Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix (FS), Alabama

6’1” | 208 lbs.

2013 stats:

51 tackles, 2 INT, 4 PD

Projection:

1st Round

What scouts are saying:

"Has excellent length for the position. Controlled aggressiveness when closing towards the line of scrimmage. Not a watcher, he gets in the action." (Josh Norris, Rotoworld)

"Has exceptional eyes and instincts in coverage. He constantly maintains quality leverage and is rarely caught out of position." (Kevin Weidl, ESPN)

"Can climb the ladder and extend outside of his frame to pluck the ball. Physical defender, who looks to deliver the intimidating shot...Highly aggressive and therefore will occasionally be fooled by misdirection and play-action. Barrels towards the line of scrimmage leaving cut-back lanes for nifty athletes to exploit." (Rob Rang, CBS Sports)

"Rated as one of the top two safeties coming out of high school, Dix lived up to his prep rep in coverage but comes up short in the physicality department. His instincts and ability to diagnose seem better than his athletic ability, which still is good enough to get him involved in more than his share of plays." (Frank Cooney, NFL Draft Scout/The Sports Xchange)

"Has a narrow build and lacks ideal bulk. Could stand to get stronger. Occasionally gets stuck on blocks. Could stand to iron out his pedal. Does not always play with abandon -- plays conservatively at times and can be late fitting in the run game or getting off the hash." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

Fit for Bears:

Despite starting all but one game over the last two seasons, Major Wright remains a free agent, and there’s little indication he’ll be returning in 2014. The fact the team gave newly signed safety Ryan Mundy Wright’s No. 21 seems to reinforce that notion. The former Steelers and Giants safety was brought in along with ex-Packer M.D. Jennings in an effort to shore up a secondary that, much like the rest of the defense, was routinely gashed by opposing offenses last season. Mundy, Jennings, and 2013 holdover Chris Conte, among others, will all be competing for playing time—and that will hold true for any fresh blood brought in from the draft. The need for adding a pass-rusher in the draft is less dire after the additions of Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, and Jared Allen in free agency. That means the safety position remains one of the biggest needs other than defensive tackle on Day 1, and Clinton-Dix’s physical skillset and ability align very well with that need. The Alabama standout has a good chance of remaining on the board at No. 14, and if he’s the choice, he has all the tools to make an immediate impact in a Bears secondary that desperately needs quality young talent.

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