2015 NFL DRAFT

Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Orlando, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 208 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1811

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.582.591.6011 339'11"4.167.16
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Miami Dolphins | #19
    With millions invested in free agents Branden Albert and Shelley Smith and the top four offensive linemen off the board, the Dolphins may elect to look elsewhere rather than reach for a strongside blocker, as most presume. Miami added talented but injury-prone former Detroit Lions' free safety Louis Delmas but Clinton-Dix is a more fluid athlete and would be a nice value selection at this point in the draft.
  • Baltimore Ravens | #17
    Could the Ravens go safety in back-to-back years? Why not, that's one possibility with James Ihedigbo gone. GM Ozzie Newsome is an Alabama guy and Clinton-Dix seems to be an ideal fit next to Matt Elam at safety.
  • Chicago Bears | #14
    They have big problems on the back end and he would bring range to a unit that needs it.
  • Chicago Bears | #14
    The Bears need help all over the defense but getting Chris Conte off the field is a good place to start.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: A rangy, fluid athlete, Clinton-Dix covers a lot of ground against both the pass and the run and projects to either free or strong safety. He has the aggressive nature to attack ballcarriers and shows the read/react quickness to diagnose and take accurate angles in coverage. He has plus hands for the interception and shows vision and natural open-field running skills with the ball in his hands.

Anticipates the run well, attacking the line of scrimmage to make some impressive stops up close.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn't have the preferred strength, at this time, to break free from blocks and isn't a consistently physical tackler, electing to grab and pull down ball-carriers rather than striking them forcefully.

--ROB RANG

Player Overview

Clinton-Dix was one of seven true freshmen to earn playing time in 2011 at Alabama and in 2012, he led the team with five interceptions, setting an expectation for a great junior year, and subsequent entry into the 2014 draft.

While he posted respectable numbers as a junior -- 51 tackles, two INTs, four pass breakups -- he wasn't the consistent big-play finisher he was in 2012, and his season was clouded by a two-game suspension in October for a violation of team rules.

Clinton-Dix's instincts and ability to diagnose seem better than his athletic ability, which is considerable. His rare combination of size, speed, aggression and ball skills mark him as a potential NFL star.

Birth name is Ha'Sean. Grandmother gave him the unusual name he goes by, but that talent is nothing to laugh at.

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Player News
05/12/2014 - Packers get their pick in Clinton-Dix...Clinton-Dix is the first safety selected by the Packers in the first round since converted cornerback Antuan Edwards went at No. 25 in 1999. The highest Green Bay draft pick of a safety since then was Nick Collins in the second round at No. 51 overall in 2005. How the Packers would love for Clinton-Dix to jump right in next season and be the dependable and eventually playmaking safety Collins was as a starter his rookie season in what turned out to be a productive career cut short by a neck injury two games into the 2011 season. "I think he's a real all-purpose kind of safety," Thompson said of Clinton-Dix. "He's got the versatility that you look for at the safety position," Perry added. "He can play in the deep zone, he can play in the line of scrimmage, he's tough, he's plenty smart, his football IQ is where you like it to be with a guy that you take at his position."

And, Perry has no qualms about the physical makeup of the 6-foot-1, 208-pound Clinton-Dix, who is 21 and turned pro after his junior year at Alabama. "He's got a really good frame on him right now," Perry said. "He's plenty fast, plenty physical, has the range, has the flexibility that you look for. But, so much of it is going to depend on how well and how fast he comes in and picks up things, how well he does some of the little things in terms of tackling, communicating and so forth because we put a premium on those things and he's going to have to be really good at that." Even Thompson brushed off a perceived lack of burst by Clinton-Dix, who ran the 40-yard dash in just 4.59 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. "It's not our time," Thompson scoffed. "He plays the game well." - The Sports Xchange

 

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