The Packers did something unexpected.
They didn’t trade down, and they found the safety help they truly needed.
The Packers used the 21st overall pick on Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who could add the playmaker they need to help cover Lions first-round right end Eric Ebron and others.
Clinton-Dix is the kind of rangy safety they need in the back of a defense that improved this off-season, with the addition of Julius Peppers.
Call it the night of Alabama reunions.
The Green Bay Packers selected Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with the 21st pick in Thursday’s first round. The second safety selected in this year’s NFL Draft, Clinton-Dix is the fifth Crimson Tide defensive back to be selected in the first round since 2010.
He quickly followed former teammate C.J. Mosley, who was the first Alabama player off the board at No. 17 to the Baltimore Ravens. While Mosley joined former Crimson Tide players Terrence Cody and Courtney Upshaw in Baltimore, Clinton-Dix will reunite with running back Eddie Lacy, who was the 2013 Rookie of the Year.
“We think he has very good upside,” Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and other Wisconsin media outlets. He’s had great coaching. As I was walking down here, I was thinking I’m turning into Ozzie Newsome, taking all of the Alabama guys.”
A native of Orlando, Florida, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix attended Edgewater High School for his freshman and sophomore years, where he played running back and was teammates with Mike Brewster. Before his junior season, he transferred to Dr. Phillips High School, where he was an All-American defensive back and kick returner, and teammates with Dee Hart. Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was ranked as the No. 1 defensive back in his class. (Wikipedia)
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, A Great Pick For The Packers.