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Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft: Is Ha Ha Clinton-Dix An Option?


Although Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the consensus best free safety, it seems that Calvin Pryor is getting more of the hype. Pryor might be the fan-favorite because he is the fan-favorite, but Clinton-Dix is the most complete safety in this draft class. Unlike Pryor, Clinton-Dix has great vision that allows him to follow the quarterback’s eyes. His combination of ball skills and coverage skills are top-notc, and there is no reason why he can’t be a perennial Pro Bowler one day in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys are interested in a safety, and Clinton-Dix would be a good option.

The problem about Clinton-Dix is that he may not be available when the Cowboys are on the clock. There have been rumors that Clinton-Dix won’t get past the Rams at pick 13. There have been also been rumors that the Lions will draft him at pick 10. The safety position fluctuates every year. In 2012, Mark Barron was mocked to Dallas in almost every mock draft. Barron was drafted by the Buccaneers at the sixth pick of that draft. Something interesting is that Pryor reminds me of Barron. He is a big-hitter who makes his presence felt in the defensive backfield.

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I’m one of those people that thinks Dallas doesn’t need to address the safety position until later in the draft. Before his concussion injury in the beginning of the season, J.J. Wilcox was having a stellar season for the Cowboys. After the injury, he ended up losing the starting job to Jeff Heath. To be clear, Heath is nothing more than a special teams player.

Wilcox is an intriguing player because he is still relatively new to the free safety position. He used to be wide receiver before being converted to a free safety after his junior season. Dallas drafted Wilcox out of Georgia Southern because they liked his raw ability. Wilcox had to miss a large portion of training camp because he went back to Georgia, his home state, to visit his ailing mother. During his stay there, his mother passed away. After the incident, Wilcox did not play the same. Before drafting a safety early, the Cowboys should give Wilcox another year to prove that he is the long-term solution at free safety.

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  • Alex Darden

    I personally think Wilcox has gotten the short end of the stick from the fans. Purely because he comes from a small school and nobody knows his name. Pryor and Dix are the big school names plus Kiper talks about em so I guess that means were better if we get one of them. Not the case always. Put either of them behind that atrocious D-line we had last yr and I’m sure we will be talkin about the “elite” safeties comin out next yr. Lets give JJ a shot and focus on the front 4. That way we can see if he really is the answer.

  • will hall

    If he is available take him, that way I can at least have some hope that somebody will at least make a pay on the ball, and get off the field on third down.

  • David

    He better be a serious option..

  • n0ble

    Ryan don’t forget that the Cowboys have said they think they are good at safety. I disagree with this, but it might show Clinton-Dix would only be taken if he is BPA when they pick.