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Packers draft Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in first round

May 8, 2014
 
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. / Getty Images

The Packers filled a major need when they selected Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round of the draft.

The Packers hope Clinton-Dix solves a problem that plagued the defense last season when M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian were below average in starting stints opposite Morgan Burnett.

Here is what scouts say about Clinton-Dix, according to Press-Gazette Media's Pete Dougherty:

"True junior entry might be among the top 15 picks. Has great size and intangibles, and good but not great speed and athleticism. “The thing I liked about Clinton-Dix is he’s a really good tackler, efficient tackler,” one scout said. “He’s not a killer, although he will (hit), he’s been penalized and done some good things range-wise from the middle of the field. I thought he showed some decent quickness. I know I watched him against Mississippi State on their little quick guy (5-9 receiver Jameon Lewis), and he matched up pretty good.”

Two-year starter had seven interceptions and nine passes defended in 25 games over that span. Also had 3½ tackles for a loss last season. At the combine, ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds and had a 33-inch vertical, which aren’t impressive numbers for a likely first-round pick at his position. Did only 11 bench reps.

“You don’t see him play in coverage a whole heck of a lot,” another scout said. “There were some games against like Texas A&M where he showed some pretty good range — he was a little late getting to a couple balls, but you can see him run and try to do those things. He wasn’t in as many piles (as expected). He was a physical tackler when he had the chance. (Louisville’s Calvin) Pryor, he was in a lot of piles.” Suspended for two games last season for taking a $500 loan from an assistant strength coach. Had surgery on a meniscus tear last December but returned in time for Alabama’s bowl game.

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