Ravens' draft primer: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

April, 15, 2014
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With 23 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:

HA HA CLINTON-DIX

Clinton-Dix
Position: Safety

School: Alabama

Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 208

Round projection: First

File this away: Given name is Ha'Sean, but nicknamed Ha Ha by his grandmother when he was a kid.

Good: Clinton-Dix has a chance to be one of the top safeties in the NFL because of his size, speed and ball skills. He has the athleticism to match up with slot receivers and the body length to cover tight ends. More than a safety who covers space, Clinton-Dix is a physical defender with no hesitation in his game. Coached in a pro-style defense, he has great field awareness and rarely gets caught out of position. He's currently the highest-rated safety by both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.

Bad: Clinton-Dix was suspended for two games last year for taking an improper loan from an assistant strength coach. He's considered quiet and an average leader. There's a question about his on-field production after intercepting just two passes last season.

Bottom line: If the Ravens had their choice, Clinton-Dix would likely be their starting free safety next season. He's the type of rangy free safety that the Ravens' defense needs, and he is the perfect complement to Matt Elam, last year's first-round pick. As I pointed out in the weekly Twitter mailbag, the odds aren't great of Clinton-Dix falling to the Ravens at No. 17. The St. Louis Rams (No. 13), Chicago Bears (No. 14) and Dallas Cowboys (No. 16) all need a safety, and Clinton-Dix is the best one in this year's draft.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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