Detroit Lions 2014 Draft Preview: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix

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Moving on to our second prospect in this Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft preview, I want to look at Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix the safety out of Alabama.  This is a position of need for the Lions; even after the signing of Ihedigbo we still need a young safety to tandem with Glover Quin in the secondary.  I believe that Clinton-Dix would be an excellent fit for the Lions in the secondary.  As we all know, the Lions need all the help they can get in the secondary, and Clinton-Dix would not only provide them with great pass coverage at the back, but also come up to provide run support.  Let’s look at his strengths and weaknesses:

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  • Light feet, fluid, good straight line speed
  • Awareness
  • Decisive, moves to the play as he sees it developing
  • Great ball skills
  • Secure Tackler, Wraps up on most of his tackles
  • Physical


  • Can be TOO aggressive at times getting fooled on play action and misdirection plays
  • Sometimes drops his shoulder to try and deliver a big hit
  • Narrow build, needs bulk
  • Goes straight for the ball, can cause him to miss tackles as his angles can be off
  • Started only 19 games in college, may lack experience

As far as comparative players are concerned, Earl Thomas seems to be the name that gets thrown around the most.  He’s a very physical player who wants to make plays on the ball.   The biggest advantage for the Lions if they were to draft him would be the run support.  Quin was spectacular last season in pass coverage, but was pretty lacking in helping the run game.  Clinton-Dix loves to come up and play the run when he sees it develop; he’s not scared to come up into the box to help on a run play.   If the Lions do grab Clinton-Dix this year, he very well could be that presence over the top they’ve been looking for since drafting Delmas in 2009.

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-Daniel Nowaczyk

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