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Sep 14, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans (13) runs after a catch against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) during the first half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Draft Grade: Green Bay Packers Select Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

The Green Bay Packers selected safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with the 21st in the 2014 NFL draft.

Scheme Fit

The key to any 3-4 defense is a centerfield type safety who can make plays on the back end.  The Green Bay Packers knew what that was like with Nick Collins before he suffered a tragic neck injury.  After watching M.D. Jennings for too long, adding a talent like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix seemed like destiny.  The Alabama product is the best coverage player at his position in 2014.  He’s big at 6’1”, shows great vision on the quarterback and has the speed and fluidity to make hard breaks on the football.  The better the pass rush, the more dangerous he’ll become.

My Reaction

I expected this pick with a look at the board.  Safety was one of the top needs for Green Bay and with Pryor off the board, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made a ton of sense.  He’ll compete right away for a starting job and with time can become a consistent threat to make the Pro Bowl provided the Packers don’t shake things up from a scheme perspective.  Dom Capers should be able to find all sorts of uses for him.  I do question his durability, but not that much.  It’s a solid, quality pick.

Grade:  B+

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  • Phillip

    B+??? Is that a joke, how is this not an A??? Nobody thought Dix would get pass 14 and thought he’d go as high as 10 to Detroit. He falls all the way to 21, fills our primary need and is great value at 21, especially since nobody thought he’d get there, this has to be an A, no less.

    • Erik Lambert

      I thought Clinton-Dix would get past 14, Phillip. In fact a lot of people felt he would end up at Philadelphia at #22, including Ha Ha himself. Several draft experts including Mike Mayock had him going in that range. I don’t know what inflated value you saw in him but I never had the feeling he was a “special” player. That is why I gave it a B+.

  • Skull Duggery

    Yea this guys an idiot. We got the highest rated safety in the draft, thanks to horrible picks by the Titans and the Steelers. This was a gift from the football gods. Fills biggest need and best player available. No doubt an A+

    • Erik Lambert

      Why? Because he played at Alabama? Frankly I don’t have the same love affair with him others do. For a guy widely being called the best safety in the draft, I recall him not being taken first. He only had seven interceptions in three years of playing and I’m not sold on his toughness against the run. You are right in that he was the best available but I don’t can’t find that playmaker feel about him.

      • Jack_Gallant

        When mock drafts first started coming out after the NFL season was over, Clinton-Dix and Pryor were often mentioned as probable picks for the Packers. It was only after the “analysts” and mock draft prognosticators started making predictions that Clinton-Dix and Pryor were elevated in the draft so as to be off the board by the Packers pick at twenty-one. I hope he turns out to be part of the solution for what ails the Packer secondary, but I’m not sold on him. A B+ is fair. If they had selected Deone Bucannon, I would give them an A. Cincy’s pick was frequently found in rounds two or three on most draft grades. Go figure.

    • Jack_Gallant

      The Steelers got the fastest linebacker in the draft. How is that a horrible pick? All he did was produce behind the line of scrimmage in college. He also led the Big Ten in tackles last year.

      • Skull Duggery

        Since when does speed matter when you have 300lb guards kicking your ass because your d line is just as bad as your secondary.

      • Phillip

        Yeah, Steelers pick was phenomenal, i felt they should of gone with Dennard, but Shazier is phenomenal, great pick, was really hoping he fell to 21, but things fell as perfect as they could for Green Bay when the 2 LB’s fell off the board, and it works out because we wouldn’t of even had a shot at Ward or Bucannon in the 2nd, but i did like Terrence Brooks, would of been nice to add Shazier and Brooks to the defense, both likely official 4.4 guys, i know Shazier ran 4.38 but unofficial, likely around 4.42, 4.43 officially. He’s gonna be a great LB if he gets the right coaching, like the Steelers 2nd pick of Tuitt also, Steelers had a nice draft with Shazier, Tuitt, Dri Archer, WR Martavis Bryant, big ass DT McCullers, yeah, i like the Steelers draft and that draft for Green would of made me happy.