The Green Bay Packers got the help they were after for their secondary by selecting Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
“I’m just glad to be a Green Bay Packer,” Clinton-Dix told NFL Network’s Deion Sanders shortly after being selected.
Clinton-Dix was ranked as the top safety on the board by Scouts, Inc., but was the second safety taken in the draft after Louisville’s Calvin Pryor went No. 18 to the New York Jets.
NFL.com’s scouting report on Clinton-Dix talked about his quickness in reading and reacting with good hands and the speed to cover slot receivers and tight ends.
He’s also known as a hard hitter in run support and coming out of Alabama’s system means he’s familiar with a pro-style defense.
He’s projected as a Day 1 starter at free safety and will immediately challenge incumbent M.D. Jennings for the job.
This is a terrific pick for the Packers—landing a player that many mock drafts projected as a top 10 selection at No. 21 is a terrific stroke of luck for Green Bay.
There will be more analysis to come at Dairyland Express.