Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) catches a pass against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha

Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

The SideLion Report Detroit Lions NFL Draft Prospect Profile series gives an in-depth scouting analysis of college football players who could be on the Lions’ radar this spring.

With the free agent acquisition of wide receiver Golden Tate, it’s likely the Lions will go in a different direction with their first round pick. The departure of Louis Delmas to Miami leaves the franchise in need of a starting safety, and while Mayhew has never been one to solely factor in need when drafting, it’s likely the Lions will use at least one of their selections to shore up the position. Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is projected by many to be the first or second safety taken off the board.

After viewing four games (Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn, Oklahoma), I gave Clinton-Dix a 7.0 grade (late first round). Here’s an excerpt from his scouting report:

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – Safety – Alabama

Height: 6013   Weight: 208    40 Time: 4.58

NFL Comparison: Malcom Jenkins

Strong Points:
Nice height and adequate bulk for the position with excellent overall athletic attributes. Has the fluidity and balance to cover WRs and TEs from zone or man. Rangy with the speed to handle middle of the field responsibilities. Adequate ball skills. Flashes effective run support skills – runs the alley hard, takes sound angles and is a reliable tackler.

Weak Points:
Is lean and needs to get stronger. Drag down tackler who lacks striking power. Effort is very inconsistent – is hesitant attacking the LOS in run support or when breaking from the hash. Lacks killer instinct desired for the position. Doesn’t always finish – can be a pile inspector versus the run. Play-making skills are just adequate. Has character issues that need examining.

A former five- star recruit and the number one ranked safety in the nation (Scouts and Rivals) coming out of high school, Clinton-Dix has not played up to his lofty status. While he certainly possesses the desired size and athletic ability for the position, his on field production is not commensurate with his measurables. When he wants to, he flashes the closing speed and ability as a tackler to be a strong run defender. However he is often too content to pull up and let his teammates finish the play. The same holds true in the passing game – Clinton-Dix certainly has the speed and flexibility to be effective from both zone or man coverage, but is often late providing help over the top. Overall, Clinton-Dix has starting caliber size and athletic ability, but his lack of effort leaves a lot of plays he should make on the field. Late first round caliber athlete whose questionable intangibles make him a risky choice.

With all the money the Lions have invested in the wide receiver position, one has to think the focus will turn to other glaring needs on the roster. The starting free safety position is arguably the biggest hole left to fill. However, pending a trade down into the bottom of the first round, Clinton-Dix’s overall grade does not warrant being the answer at the top of the first round.

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  • noBuddy

    So far, all the Lions have done is replace Nate Burleson. He spent much of the last two years on IR while Calvin Johnson took a beating. The Lions need depth at wide receiver. If Golden Tate goes on IR this year, the Lions are no better off than last year. WORSE CASE SCENARIO … Calvin Johnson goes on IR and all the Lions have is Golden Tate. One first round receiver and then focus on defense. With Brian Xanders evaluating talent, last years draft class could repeat itself.

    • cbdbhd89

      Agreed – who should we take as our first round receiver? Watkins? Evans? Lee?

  • straw walker

    I saw the Sugar bowl game and Dix did dick.. maybe a couple of option/screen run stops and that was it. He is not a 1st round pick..

    • ShopdeRack

      I saw it too. Not anything to write home about. I say pass on this clown.

  • calvinfan33

    DraftTek has us taking Clinton-Dix. I’m just not sold.

  • GreatLines11

    I’d rather take a corner before we take a safety.

    • AggieMan81

      Would love to see Darqueze Dennard or Justin Gilbert as our first pick. Not sure about Clinton-Dix…Pryor seems like a better pick to me.