2014 NFL Draft: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Met the Eagles

Joe Robbins

The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly met with Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. It was not an official pre-draft visit, however.

According to a report from Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, Alabama safety Ha'sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix met with the Philadelphia Eagles

Clinton-Dix measures in at 6-1, 208 lbs. The 21-year-old Alabama junior is projected to be one of the first two safeties to be drafted this year. Louisville's Calvin Pryor is the other name for top consideration.

The Eagles don't necessarily need a safety. They signed Malcolm Jenkins in free agency to be a starter. Nate Allen was brought back on an inexpensive one-year deal and he could compete for a starting role with returning second year safety Earl Wolff. Former undrafted agent Keelan Johnson is a long-shot option who could be in the mix. That said, it wouldn't hurt to add another talent to the Birds' secondary.

HCD scouting report via CBS Sports. Notice the player comparison.

STRENGTHS: Possesses a lanky, athletic build with light feet, excellent fluidity and straight-line speed to handle deep and nickel coverage responsibilities. Good awareness. Tracks the action well, showing impressive key and diagnosis skills to get a jump on the ball or when attacking the line of scrimmage in run support. Decisive. When he sees the play developing Clinton-Dix doesn't waste time debating, instead exploding towards the ball, showing explosive closing ability. Very good ball-skills. Can climb the ladder and extend outside of his frame to pluck the ball. Physical defender, who looks to deliver the intimidating shot.

WEAKNESSES: Highly aggressive and therefore will occasionally be fooled by misdirection and play-action. Barrels towards the line of scrimmage and leaving cut-back lanes for nifty athletes to exploit. Lowers his shoulder to lay the intimidating hit on ball-carriers and fails to wrap up, at times, relying the collision to knock the opponent to the ground.

COMPARES TO: Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks - Few free safeties possess Thomas' blend of agility, closing speed and ball-skills. Should Clinton-Dix continue to improve, he could soon join Thomas as a Pro Bowler.

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