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Friday, May 9, 2014
Experts' take: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Here's what two of ESPN's resident analysts had to say about the Green Bay Packers' pick of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at No. 21 in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday.

Bill Polian, former Indianapolis Colts general manager

“He will fit perfectly into Dom Capers’ defense. He’s the perfect free safety in the sense that he has great instincts, great tackling ability, sure tackling ability, very good ball skills, great recognition skills in reading and reacting to offensive patterns. A little bit short in the speed department, but he makes up for that with instinct. This is a position that the Packers needed to upgrade, and he’s right from central casting according to Dom Capers."

Mel Kiper Jr., NFL draft expert

“Clinton-Dix fills a huge need for this team, and I consider him a great value at this slot. I don't even know what else to say about it, except for the fact that I thought Dallas could go with Clinton-Dix, and he also could have been in play for the Jets. So to have your No. 1 need filled by what I consider the safety they had rated as the best guy to fill that need makes for a pretty good night.”