On Thursday night, draft gurus Mel Kiper and Todd McShay joined together to make a three-round mock draft. Kiper had the evens, while McShay had the odds. That means Kiper was the general manger for the Dallas Cowboys with the 16th pick. With their first choice in Aaron Donald off the clock, Kiper had the Cowboys select Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, a safety out of the University of Alabama.
At Alabama, Clinton-Dix was the leader of the Crimson Tide’s defense for now three years. He has won two National Championships and he is one of the most experienced players in this draft. Clinton-Dix saw time in his Freshman season behind Mark Barron, who was another Alabama free safety that was the best in his draft class. In fact, the Cowboys were linked to Barron in numerous mock drafts, but Dallas elected to trade up and select Morris Claiborne.
While Clinton-Dix could be a key cog in Dallas’ defense, I think the Cowboys benefit better by drafting a player in the trenches. Whether it would be an offensive linemen or a defensive linemen, Dallas could add an instant starter. A player like Zack Martin or Timmy Jernigan would make a ton of sense for this team going forward. Another thing is that the Cowboys already have a free safety in J.J. Wilcox.
Before his concussion injury, Wilcox was flourishing at the safety position opposite of Barry Church. It should also be said that Wilcox did not complete a full training camp last year because he went back home to visit his ailing mother in Georgia. Wilcox isn’t a game-changer, but he shows glimpses of being a solid starter in Dallas for years to come.
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