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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
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.
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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 ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep.
–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown
–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz
–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat
–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims
–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford
–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy
–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford
–A look at UCLA OLB Anthony Barr
–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons
–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17
–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks
–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014
–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal
–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing
–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets
–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.
–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina
–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry
–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language
MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES
–MyAJC ($): 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