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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix glad to be a Packer

May 8, 2014
 
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was the Packers' first-round selection Thursday at No. 21 overall in the NFL draft.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was the Packers' first-round selection Thursday at No. 21 overall in the NFL draft. / Getty Images

Packers first-round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix shared his thoughts with the Wisconsin media after getting drafted in the first round.

On being pictured wearing a Packers jersey prior to the draft: “Well I had been talking to Eddie for a minute and I was looking through my bag and I was like, ‘Well, I guess I’ll throw this on,’ and it looked pretty good on me, so I decided to put it on. So, I was just hanging in my room thinking and I decided to take a picture on Instagram and I put it up and it kind of blew up.”

On his role in the Packers defense: “You know what? I’ll find out when I get there. I’m a great player. I play fast, I’m a great tackler. And it’s like anything, once I learn the system, learn the entire defense and get comfortable, I think I’ll be fine.”

On being used differently in 2013 compared to the year before in college: “As a sophomore, I was a young’un, we had won the championship the year before, so he wanted to put me in a place where I was comfortable at. He thought I was comfortable at and he could sleep at night with me there. So my sophomore year he had me just playing a lot of the deep middle, covering a lot in the slot and boundary, stuff like that. So that's what I did my sophomore year. And then going into my junior year, he felt real comfortable with me, he wanted me to run all the plays, all the calls, all the checks, and be able to play fast and still do my job, so he felt comfortable (putting me) anywhere, lined up anywhere, left and right, put me in the box, and shoved me around a lot, used me a lot my junior year.”

On talking to former Alabama teammate Eddie Lacy prior to the draft: “After I took that picture, he called me about it and said, ‘All right, keep playing, you’re going to be up here with me,’ and we both laughed about it. But me and him are pretty good, pretty close. Going up against him every day in practice kind of made me upset because he’d give me a little spin move every now and then, but … I'll be glad to be back with him in Green Bay.”

On waiting to get drafted: “As far as tonight, this afternoon I had called Dee Milliner and Dee Milliner was just telling me, ‘You know, it's a gamble, so keep your head held high, be patient, just have high energy that whole time in that green room,’ and that’s what I did. As everyone’s names (were) being called, I knew I was going to be called, too, and I just kept praying about it and I’m a Packer.”

On meeting with Packers at the NFL combine: “It was very relaxed, very chill. I talked with a lot of coaches, it felt like a very together team as far as being with each other and being a family. That 15-minute meeting went very fast, it was quick and I felt relaxed.”

On his unusual name: “Actually, my grandmother gave me that name when I was three or four years old. She got tired of pronouncing my name, which is Ha-SEEN, but it’s spelled Ha-SHAWN. So about age 3 or 4, she started calling me Ha Ha, and it just went from there.”

On whether he looked at teams prior to the draft that needed a safety: “To be honest, I didn't. Like I was telling you, it’s a gamble. So those opinions on who needs safeties or where I was going in the draft, I didn't look at it at all. But as I said, when I posted that picture on Instagram and I got 300, 400 comments and quotes from Twitter about the picture, I kind of went back and looked at Green Bay. And [thought], ‘You know, they could use some help [at safety and] on the defensive side of the ball, period, with the great offense they already have. So I looked there, and I was like, ‘Well, everybody might be right. I might end up in Green Bay. Seriously.’ Everything happens for a reason. I put that picture up with that Green Bay shirt two, three weeks before the draft, and here I am a Packer.”

Ono facing big receivers in the NFC North: “I’m very good on the post. I’m very good covering, helping out and double-teaming. Whatever it takes, I’m good at doing it. I’ve got to make sure I learn that playbook and get comfortable and right to be myself and I think I’ll do fine helping the Green Bay Packers win.”

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