Posted: 6:00 am Friday, April 18th, 2014

Falcons’ draft board: Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Alabama safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, who has already met with the Falcons.

Player: Ha-Ha Clinton Dix

Position: Safety

School: Alabama

Height and weight: 6-1, 208

Combine numbers: 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 11 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 33-inch vertical; 9-11 broad jump, 4.16 seconds in the shuttle run and 7.16 in the three-cone drill.

Former Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix could be a plug-and-play replacement for Thomas DeCoud.  (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Former Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix could be a plug-and-play replacement for Thomas DeCoud.
(Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Projected Round: He’s the top-rated safety in the draft and projected to be selected in the first round by NFLDraftScout.com.

Career Highlights: Played in 13 games as a freshman before starting 10 of 14 games in the National Championship 2012 season. He had 37 tackles and five interceptions. Last season, he started 11 games, including nine at free safety. He has great range as he glides around with great field-speed. He also has exceptional ball skills.

Quotes: “I’m one of the best safeties in the draft because I played in (Nick) Saban’s system. I feel like I’m prepared for the next level. I’m a fast learner. I play fast. I study a lot of film. I study the opponent a lot. And that’s about it. I fly around.”

Falcons level on interest: If the Falcons trade back and out of the No. 6 slot, keep an eye on Clinton-Dix. Also, they could trade back into the first round if they stand pat in order to draft him if he slips into the 20s. The Falcons have a hole at free safety after cutting Thomas DeCoud. They recently signed veteran Dwight Lowery.

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

–A look at UCLA OLB Anthony Barr

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

14 comments
Mora-less-Petrino
Mora-less-Petrino

As the draft gets closer, I am starting to think that ATL is going to take a safety in the first round even if it involves trading down or trading for an additional first round pick. I could see Clinton-Dix or Pryor coming here, as safety is a big need as well, and they are apparently the top two.

I'm guessing the Falcons brass may feel that the lines were somewhat addressed in free agency, the return of players from injuries, and new coaches. If the Falcons trade down a few spots, get one of the safties, then get someone like Attaochu in the 2nd, that's not a bad haul!

 If the Birds stay at 6 and get Matthews or Robinson, then jump back in the first and get Clinton-Dix or Pryor, that's a very nice day!

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

D. Led keeps showing that photo of Clowney trying to convince the Falcons 

he is the player Atlanta needs.

................................................. Good Job.

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

Quotes: “I’m one of the best safeties in the draft because I played in (Nick) Saban’s system.


So he's a system player.....


Stay away

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Looks impressive. Good size for a safety.  Still need lineman first and foremost.  whats the history behind his first name.  just curious.  Interesting.

Remarkable3
Remarkable3

They need to build both lines.  That was obvious from last year's results.  They need a left tackle and a good pass rush., but not necessarily in that order.  

Rhetoric
Rhetoric

If the Falcons don't get a pass rush, expect basically the same results on defense

as last year. Good quarterbacks will "pick the secondary apart".

GeorgiaBugman
GeorgiaBugman

Awesome, now 75% of our secondary can be rookies!

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

Trufant and Alford won't be rookies next season.  Where do you get 75% from?

Farcas
Farcas

It's called "building" a team. After last season what choice do they have?

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