NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix


 

 

With the offseason underway, it is draft/free agency season. In this segment, “Scouting Report”, I will be posting scouting reports of who I believe the Cowboys should covet in the 2014 NFL Draft. Stay tuned daily, as I will be writing a few per day.

Background

On to the safeties for the SportDFW’s scouting reports! Up first is Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix. You may know him as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Either way, the kid is an absolute monster. He is the best safety in this class, with Calvin Pryor trailing behind him. With the void at the safety position, Clinton-Dix will most definitely be on the Cowboys’ radar.

Measurements

- 6-1, 208 pounds

- 4.45 40-yard dash

Info

- Was suspended in October

- First team All-SEC

- Took over previous safeties’ jobs (Mark Barron & Robert Lester)

Strengths

- Amazing range

- Great tackler

- Great coverage

- Good tenacity

- Displays his nasty attitude on the field

- Reads plays extremely well

- Can make a ton of plays all over the field

- Fast & explosive

- Great instincts

Weaknesses

- Off the field issues

- A bit young

- Needs to put on some weight

The Fit

If the Cowboys stay at #16/17, Clinton-Dix is definitely the guy for the Cowboys to pick. With talented players such as Brandon Carr & Barry Church in need of a rejuvenation, Clinton-Dix could make an instant impact on this secondary. That is what this team is looking for, players who will make an “instant impact”.

Scout Grade: 92/100

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  • Jimmy DeMarco

    Hageman is the real deal Ryan. I would absolutely hate to pass on him if he’s still on the board.
    I don’t think we’ll have the choice, because I think Chicago will take him ahead of us. So yeah, Dix is probably going to be the pick.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Agree on Hageman. But I don’t see Jerry moving up for a defensive linemen and I don’t see Hageman getting past Chicago, like you said. Murphy & Clinton-Dix will be available when they pick. But remember, Clinton-Dix is by far the best safety in this clas. Because of that, his value/stock will be much higher come draft-time than you will think.

      • Jimmy DeMarco

        Yeah. I figured their first pick was going to be Dix for a while. I just hope Jerry is smart enough to draft a DL in the 2nd round.

        • Ryan Ratty

          That’s a big IF. I hope he picks consistently. Last few years have been good, but he has missed on many guys.

          • Jimmy DeMarco

            It certainly is.

            Another name I keep hearing is McKinney with our 1st pick or Murphy. I’m not sure about either.

          • Ryan Ratty

            Going to do a scouting report on him tonight. Starting to hear a ton of good things about McKinney. You know I love Murphy.

          • Jimmy DeMarco

            A lot of scouts seem to love McKinney. Haven’t seen any of his games. I know you love Murphy. He’d be a steal if we could get him.

          • Ryan Ratty

            Just posted a scouting report on McKinney.

  • Juanito Juanito

    this guy will look bad with no pass rush, so DT or DE first for cowboys, the problem are not the dbs, lack of pass rush is bad

    • Ryan Ratty

      I agree with you to some extent. To say Wilcox/Heath are competent is absurd. Heath is atrocious and Wilcox lost his job to him! Church is a good player, but he is not a game-changer like Clinton-Dix can be.

    • ClayMeow

      With a safety like Clinton-Dix, you can afford to rush the passer a lot more. If he’s on the board when the Cowboys draft, JJ would be a fool not to take him.

      • Ryan Ratty

        Agree. But, you need more pressure from your defensive line. This is why you may to draft a defensive linemen in the first round.

  • VEEJ

    http://draftbreakdown.com/video/ha-ha-clinton-dix-vs-auburn-2013/

    Clinton Dix lived up to his “Ha Ha” namesake when you turn on the Auburn tape. He looked completely lost at times and made almost no impact plays the whole game. Auburn is a run team, like Alabama, so you would think he wouldn’t struggle so much with it but boy oh boy he did.

    You can have him, I’d much rather have Calvin Pryor or a vet FA.
    Signed,
    Packers fan (also in dire need of safety help).

    • Ryan Ratty

      To say the guy is lost tells me you don’t believe he’s worthy of a first round pick. I think he is going to do big things on the right team. I still love Pryor though. But, I don’t see him falling to Dallas in the second round. He could be gone by the second round.

  • SmartThinking

    No more players with “Off the field issues,” for this team, please. I’m so tired of seeing these kids make pro bucks and have to be baby-sat and coddled because they’re too immature. Let’s draft someone of Pro Bowl caliber from the get-go!

    • Ryan Ratty

      Clinton-Dix could be that guy for Dallas. You never know.

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