Ha Ha Clinton-Dix NFL Draft 2014: Scouting Report Breakdown for Packers S

Ian Wharton@NFLFilmStudyContributor IMay 5, 2014

Alabama defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) catches a pass during pre-game warmups prior to the start an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Starkville, Miss. Alabama won 20-7. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)
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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama (HT: 6’1”; WT: 208 lbs)

Green Bay Packers

First Round: 21st Pick

NFL Comparison: Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs 


Combine Weigh-In
601320832 5/8"9"
Combine Results
40-yard dash10-yard splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.58N/A33"9' 9"7.164.16

Overall Strengths

+ Good size and frame for either safety position

+ Displays good discipline in coverage; doesn’t bite on fakes

+ Recognizes play types quickly

+ Fluid hips when playing man coverage

+ Efficient tackler who doesn’t always go for knockout hits

+ Standout player on the most competitive roster in college football


Overall Weaknesses

- An average athlete for a safety

- Will take poor pursuit angles

- Doesn’t anticipate or read routes well, causing him to arrive late to the ball

- Most forced turnovers were off tips


Clinton-Dix has above-average size for an NFL safety, with solid height and a frame that can hold more weight. His speed is slightly above average, but not elite. He struggles to make up for mistakes because he doesn’t accelerate well. An average leaper, Clinton-Dix must win by positioning instead of pure athleticism.

Clinton-Dix tends to lock his eyes on the quarterback too long, losing his assignment.
Clinton-Dix tends to lock his eyes on the quarterback too long, losing his assignment.Ian Wharton


Clinton-Dix was suspended two games in 2013 for taking money from an assistant coach but has a spotless record besides that NCAA minor infraction. He served as a team leader while at Alabama and brings good toughness and motor to a locker room.


At Alabama, Clinton-Dix often played the prestigious position of single-high free safety. He was responsible for stopping deep chunk plays from occurring in both the pass and run game. Occasionally he would line up in man coverage over slot receivers or would play in Cover 2, which has the safeties split the field into two sections. 

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Ball Skills

He flashes good ball skills while in man coverage. He is a smart player who locates the ball early and acts as a receiver by playing the ball. While in zone, he often is too late recognizing where the pass is going and reaches the point of contest too late to force a turnover. A majority of his interceptions came via his teammates' tipped passes or receiver drops, meaning he wasn’t in position to make a clean interception.

Against the Run/Tackling 

Clinton-Dix is comfortable and willing to attack the line of scrimmage. He fills gaps well, forcing the ball-carrier to continue searching for running lanes. He works to fight through blocks and doesn’t mind sticking his nose into piles. He is unable to overcome mental mistakes, so if he reads the play incorrectly, he isn’t fast or sudden enough to chase down ball-carriers.

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Man Coverage 

He has smooth hips that allow him to break in and out of throttles cleanly. This limits his wasted movement and gives himself an advantage when working back to the ball. Against slot receivers he is able to cover underneath routes and close quickly to challenge the catch. He covers tight ends closely but might struggle with big NFL tight ends.

Zone Coverage

Being an elite single-high safety requires a quick processing mind, sudden athleticism and great instincts, but Clinton-Dix doesn’t check all of the boxes. He diagnoses the play type well but isn’t quick enough to take advantage of his reads at a high level. He’s still too reactive in coverage instead of anticipating where the receiver is heading.

Clinton-Dix can intimidate receivers over the middle.
Clinton-Dix can intimidate receivers over the middle.Ian Wharton


Clinton-Dix is a good technician, keeping his eyes in the backfield and squaring his shoulders and hips throughout the play. He reads plays effectively and often fulfills the responsibilities of the play. He shows understanding of positioning to avoid penalties, which is important since he's in man coverage more often.

Clinton-Dix struggles to recognize routes and is late to the ball.
Clinton-Dix struggles to recognize routes and is late to the ball.Ian Wharton


Future Role/Scheme Versatility 

Clinton-Dix can play in multiple schemes and roles due to his physical traits, which match up well with tight ends and bigger receivers. He fits bets in a Cover 2, which allows him to focus on half of the field and protect the middle of the defense. He doesn’t project as a single-high safety because of his lack of speed and still-developing recognition and anticipation skills.


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