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
05/12/2014 - Packers get their pick in Clinton-Dix...Perry wouldn't say Clinton-Dix was the top-rated safety on the Packers' draft board - he was the second of four safeties taken in the opening round, after Louisville's Calvin Pryor went to the New York Jets at No. 18. But ..."We liked him," Perry asserted. "There's a lot of talented people in the draft, you never know how this thing is going to play out. It's not about one particular position, it's about making yourself better as a football team, and we felt like we got that with Ha Ha."
The famously reticent Thompson echoed the sentiment with a rare revelation about how things fell the Packers' way 2 1/2 hours into the draft. "When it came time for our pick, we felt like he was the best player on the board and most solid and most skilled," Thompson said. "At the same time, we were looking to maybe add a safety if we could." In fact, Thompson may have been so set on acquiring Clinton-Dix that he turned down presumed trade offers to move out of the 21st spot, including with perhaps the Cleveland Browns, who jumped up to No. 22 to grab Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. "We talked to a number of teams," a smiling Thompson said. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - Packers get their pick in Clinton-Dix...With former Alabama teammate Eddie Lacy in on the act, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had a little fun in advance of the 2014 NFL Draft. He posted a selfie on Instagram wearing a Packers T-shirt. "It looked pretty good on me, so I just decided to put it on," Clinton-Dix would say late Thursday night, adding with a big laugh about the attention the photo garnered on social media, "It kind of blew up."
The choice of team apparel couldn't have worked out any better for Clinton-Dix. The newest member of the Packers proudly held a new green jersey with Clinton-Dix already imprinted on it, meshing nicely with the resplendent wardrobe of a red jacket and a black bowtie he wore to the first night of the draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York. "It fit very well for us, yes," general manager Ted Thompson said of his selection of the Alabama safety with the No. 21 pick in Round 1. The arrival of the two-time All-American is the latest big development this offseason in the reshaping of a Packers defense that again languished last season.
Green Bay's woes stemmed in part from a shoddy safety group that didn't have an interception, didn't force one fumble and had all of one sack in 17 games, including another quick exit in the playoffs. "Well, we have to be better," Packers safeties coach Darren Perry said of his crew Thursday. "Obviously, we weren't good enough, and that starts right here with me and it starts with our coaching staff. We recognize that, and we don't shy away from that. It's going to be a great challenge. We will be better, no question in my mind, and I'm looking forward to it." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - The Packers' top two draft picks this year will be flying to Green Bay for the rookie orientation camp, which is May 16-17, with an air of confidence. Both safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and wide receiver Davante Adams had high assessments of themselves as they spoke to Wisconsin reporters in conference calls after their selections. "I'll find out when I get there," Clinton-Dix, taken 21st in the first round out of Alabama on Thursday, said about what he envisions his role to be in Green Bay's defense, which had a need for a starting safety. "I'm a great player, I play fast, I'm a great tackler. I'll learn the system, learn the type of defense and just get comfortable, and I think I'll be fine." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - Packers get their pick in Clinton-Dix...Clinton-Dix stood out with seven interceptions his last two seasons with Alabama. He had a Southeastern Conference-leading five interceptions and a forced fumble in the Crimson Tide's national title-winning 2012 season. With an eye on pairing Clinton-Dix in the starting lineup with Morgan Burnett, who struggled without a quality running mate at safety last season, Thompson is hoping taking a player from powerhouse Alabama early in the draft for the second straight year pays big dividends again. Lacy, a second-round pick last year, settled Green Bay's shaky situation at running back by rushing for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
"We think (Clinton-Dix has) very good upside," Thompson said. "We had good success with a Crimson Tide kid we took last year, and we feel like this is a really good football player and we felt fortunate that he was there available." After looking to upgrade the pass rush by signing veteran defensive end Julius Peppers after he was cut by the rival Chicago Bears in March, Thompson undoubtedly was moved to fill the big void left at safety after Charles Woodson was cut early last offseason. No Packer last season wore the No. 21 Woodson donned for seven years in Green Bay, but it quickly was assigned by the team to Clinton-Dix on Thursday night. "It's a good number to have, so I'm going to wear it with pride," Clinton-Dix said. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/21 - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, 6-1, 208, Alabama...General manager Ted Thompson, long an advocate of taking the best player available especially when picking late in the first round on an almost annual basis, was moved to address a huge need while still getting a prized player. Clinton-Dix is penciled in to line up next to Morgan Burnett, an instant upgrade over the abysmal starter-by-committee the Packers endured last season. Expectations are high for the athletic and rangy newcomer with the fun name and the jersey number (21) previously worn by standout Charles Woodson. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 18/1. *Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama, 6-1, 208, 4.58, 1...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. He was suspended for two games last year -- vs. Georgia State and Kentucky -- for taking an improper loan from an assistant strength coach. But if he plays up to his potential, Clinton-Dix won't need to borrow money for a while. Frankly: Birth name is Ha'Sean. Grandmother gave him the unusual name he goes by, but that talent is nothing to laugh at. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 22. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS, Alabama (6-1, 208, 4.58, JR)...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. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on the Baltimore Ravens' draft radar: FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: The Ravens invested their 2013 first-round pick on safety Matt Elam, but his physicality and aggression make him better suited to crash the line of scrimmage than operating as a deep center fielder. This is precisely the role in which Clinton-Dix excels, showing impressive instincts, fluidity and burst. Elam's partner in the deep patrol -- veteran James Ihedigbo -- signed with Detroit in the offseason and while Baltimore attempted to address the gap with a free agent addition of their own in Darian Stewart, the fact that the safety-needy Rams elected to let him test the market is a sign that perhaps Newsome and Co. should be targeting a safety early in the draft to improve the position. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/21/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: *Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, 6-1, 208, 4.58...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 future NFL star. He was suspended for two games last year -- vs. Georgia State and Kentucky -- for taking an improper loan from an assistant strength coach. But if he plays up to his potential, Clinton-Dix won't need to borrow money for a while. Frankly: Birth name is Ha'Sean. Grandmother gave him the unusual name he goes by, but that talent is nothing to laugh at. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 19. *Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama, 6-1, 208, 4.54, 1...Rated as one of the top two safeties coming out of high school, Dix lived up to his prep rep in coverage but comes up short in the physicality department. His instincts and ability to diagnose seem better than his athletic ability, which still is good enough to get him involved in more than his share of plays. Given name is Ha'Sean, but his grandmother gave him the unusual name he goes by. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/10/2014 - Alabama juniors Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Adrian Hubbard, Cyrus Kouandjio and Jeoffrey Pagan announced they will be forgoing their senior season to enter the 2014 NFL Draft in a press conference in the Naylor-Stone Media Room on Thursday. Alabama has had 13 players leave early under head coach Nick Saban, 11 of which were first-round draft picks. The 2014 NFL Draft will take place May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Clinton-Dix finished fourth on the team in tackles in just 11 games in 2014. He totaled 52 stoops with two interceptions and six pass breakups. - Alabama football
12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: S - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, 6-1, 208, Jr,...Has been selected Second Team All-SEC for the 2013 college football season by the Associated Press. - Alabama football
12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama...Has been selected First Team All-SEC for the 2013 college football season by the SEC Coaches. - Alabama football
11/23/2013 - The assistant strength and conditioning coach who reportedly gave Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix a short-term loan is no longer employed by the university. Alabama spokesman Doug Walker said Saturday that Corey Harris ''is no longer on the staff.'' He couldn't elaborate because it is a personnel issue. Clinton-Dix was suspended in October and missed the Kentucky and Georgia State games before being reinstated by the NCAA. The Tuscaloosa News reported that Harris was placed on administrative leave after loaning Clinton-Dix less than $500, possibly violating NCAA rules about student-athletes receiving extra benefits. The junior is projected as a potential first-round NFL draft pick. The top-ranked Crimson Tide's home finale was Saturday against Chattanooga. - AP Sports
10/19/2013 - Top-rated safety Clinton-Dix reinstated after two-game suspension...As if the undefeated two-time defending BCS champion Crimson Tide needed any help, star free safety Hasean Clinton-Dix has been reinstated by the NCAA and is eligible to play as early as Saturday against Arkansas. Clinton-Dix, who often goes by his nickname Ha Ha, found that borrowing a small amount of money from a coach was no laughing matter by the NCAA. He reportedly borrowed between $100-300 from assistant strength coach Corey Harris. Though the athlete paid back the debt, the loan is impermissable and resulted in Clinton-Dix being suspended since October 2. Harris has been placed on administrative leave. Though he's only a junior, Clinton-Dix ranks among the top defensive backs in the country and NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated free safety potentially eligible for the 2014 draft.
The preseason All-American is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 30 overall prospect and is featured in both Dane Brugler and my own first round mock drafts. I have him at No. 28 on my Big Board. Through four games this season, Clinton-Dix posted 24 tackles and two passes broken up. Last year, he led the Tide with five interceptions, including picks in each of Alabama's final three games. The 6-foot-1, 208 pound defender is a rangy, athletic centerfielder with excellent vision and ball skills. Death, taxes and a Nick Saban-coached defensive back earning first-round grades from NFL scouts are among the sure things in life. With Clinton-Dix unable to practice with the team while serving his suspension, it remains to be seen how much action he'll against against the Razorbacks. Alabama hosts Tennessee October 26 before LSU, the most gifted offense remaining on the regular season schedule, comes to Tuscaloosa November 9. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/03/2013 - Report: Alabama assistant strength coach provided money to Clinton-Dix...The Tuscaloosa News is reporting that Alabama assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris has been placed on administrative leave for for providing impermissible benefits to safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Nick Saban announced Wednesday that Clinton-Dix was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. The Tuscaloosa News reported that "Harris made a short-term loan to Clinton-Dix in an amount less than $500 at some point this summer."
It was also reported that Alabama's compliance office discovered that Harris had a connection to a representative of a sports agent. However, the school found "no indication" that Clinton-Dix has had contact with said agent. Clinton-Dix reportedly told Alabama that he repaid the loan to Harris, and provided bank records to show the withdrawal.
The preseason All-American has recorded 24 tackles and two passes defended through four games of action in 2013. It is unknown how much time Clinton-Dix will miss, as Alabama will likely keep him suspended until it has completed an internal investigation. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
10/02/2013 - Alabama's HaSean Clinton-Dix suspended indefinitely...Alabama will be without one of its defensive starters for the forseeable future, as it was announced Wednesday evening that starting safety Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix has been suspended indefinitely. Nick Saban would only say that Clinton-Dix had been suspended for a violation of team rules. He would not go into detail on what team rules were violated, nor would he speculate on how long Clinton-Dix would be out. "I don't know for how long this will be, so don't ask me that," Saban told reporters.
So while we don't know how long Clinton-Dix will be out, what we do know is he's been a key part of the Alabama defense. Through four games this season the free safety has 24 tackles and two passes defended. During the 2012 season Clinton Dix had 37 tackles and four interceptions in 14 games. Alabama hosts Georgia State on Saturday. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
10/02/2013 - Alabama coach Nick Saban has suspended star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules. Saban announced the suspension of one of the top-ranked Crimson Tide's top defensive players after Wednesday's practice. Saban wouldn't say what Clinton-Dix did wrong. "I want to be consistent," he said. "When guys get suspended, I never, ever say what it's for. So I'm not going there. So don't ask me. It's the way it always happens. Every guy. If they do right, they wouldn't be getting suspended. I don't know for how long this will be, so don't ask me that either."
Clinton-Dix is second on the team with 24 tackles and is a projected first-round NFL draft pick. He upended Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell on a fourth-down stop early in last Saturday's 25-0 victory. His backup, Nick Perry, has been lost for the season after shoulder surgery. Saban said sophomores Geno Smith and Landon Collins are working at Clinton-Dix's spot leading up to Saturday's game with winless Georgia State. - AP Sports
09/11/2013 - All eyes might be on Johnny Manziel in Saturday's Alabama-Texas A&M game - except for the Crimson Tide's defensive backs. Top-ranked Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't want his DBs turning back to check out No. 6 Texas A&M's electric quarterback when he's moving around in the backfield. Too many things can happen, and most of them bad.
"I told our players, 'There's a lot of NFL games on Sundays. You want to watch the quarterback, go watch those games. But if you start watching this guy in our game, you're going to get busted,'" Saban said. "It happened in our game last year. We've got people covered pretty well, you look back at the quarterback and their receivers do a good job of extending the play and getting away from it. He finds them and makes big plays."
Manziel was able to succeed like few have against Alabama's defense last season with improvisation and big plays in a 29-24 victory. A defense that has been the nation's stingiest two years running is bracing for another crack at Johnny Football & Co. with 60 minutes of sometimes painful experience to draw on. That's helpful since Tide safety HaHa Clinton-Dix calls him "one of a kind." Johnny Scout Team isn't quite the same. "He had a great game," Clinton-Dix said. "He came out and did his job and I have to give it to him, he's a great quarterback. We just have to lock in on him this time and stay locked in." - AP Sports
08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama (6-1, 208, Jr.)...Besides leading the way on the "All-Name" team, Clinton-Dix is a player ready to emerge as one of the best defensive backs in college football. As a first-year starter last season, "Ha Ha" led the Tide with five interceptions, including one in each of the final three games, and also projects very highly to the next level. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama,...Played in all 14 games, making 10 starts in 2012... led the team and tied for the most in the SEC with five interceptions ... totaled 37 tackles (23 solo) adding a forced fumble and four pass breakups ... had 91 interception return yards. - Alabama football
08/15/2013 - TOP ALABAMA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 4. FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6-1, 208, 4.54)*...The ability to control the line of scrimmage is perhaps most critical to Alabama's resurgence but stellar play in the secondary is a trademark of Saban's teams. Saban initially made his mark as a defensive backs coach in college and the NFL and has another young star in Clinton-Dix, who simply tied for the SEC lead with five interceptions last year as part of a breakout sophomore campaign.
Clinton-Dix changes directions fluidly and accelerates smoothly. He reads the quarterback's eyes well and breaks on the ball, showing a late burst to close downhill. He has plus hands for the interception and shows vision and natural open-field running skills with the ball in his hands. Clinton-Dix anticipates the run well, attacking the line of scrimmage to make some impressive stops up close. He 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, NFLDraftScout.com
07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DB - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama (203)...Clinton-Dix enters 2013 as one of the top returners in the secondary ... played in 27 games making 10 starts during his two years at Alabama ... a key component of Alabama's special teams in 2011 and 2012, Clinton-Dix earned a starting job at safety early in the 2012 season ... has 48 tackles, 11 passes defended and a forced fumble in two years with the Crimson Tide. - Alabama football
07/16/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama...Played in all 14 games, making 10 starts in 2012 ... led the team and tied for the most in the SEC with five interceptions ... totaled 37 tackles (23 solo) adding a forced fumble and four pass breakups ... had 91 interception return yards. - Alabama football
07/16/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama...Clinton-Dix enters 2013 as one of the top returners in the secondary ... played in 27 games making 10 starts during his two years at Alabama ... a key component of Alabama's special teams in 2011 and 2012, Clinton-Dix earned a starting job at safety early in the 2012 season ... has 48 tackles, 11 passes defended and a forced fumble in two years with the Crimson Tide. - Alabama football
07/16/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, DB...Clinton-Dix enters 2013 as one of the top returners in the secondary ... played in 27 games making 10 starts during his two years at Alabama ... a key component of Alabama's special teams in 2011 and 2012, Clinton-Dix earned a starting job at safety early in the 2012 season ... has 48 tackles, 11 passes defended and a forced fumble in two years with the Crimson Tide. - Alabama football