Alabama junior eligible Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix was a five-star high school prospect pursued by all the top-tier programs from coast-to-coast. Heralded as the top rated safety by Scout.com coming out of Orlando, FL (Dr. Phillips HS/Edgewater HS), Clinton-Dix chose the school considered to be the most lucrative talent gushing pipeline to the NFL, Alabama. Ha Ha was no joke to opposing offensive coordinators. The 6-1, 208 pound defender earned All-America and All-SEC honors in 2013. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was chosen by the Green Bay Packers in the first round, 21st overall.
David "Deacon" Jones, nicknamed "the Secretary of Defense", was also a native of Eatonville (FL). The Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end was one of the sports most feared pass rushers and coined the term "sack". The physical safety aspires to the lofty goal of contributing to the football legacy established by the NFL legend from his hometown.
Clinton-Dix recorded 100 tackles, 58 solo during his 38-game career at The University of Alabama. Four stops were for losses behind the line of scrimmage. He intercepted seven passes and deflected 10 throws along with a single fumble caused.
Versatile triple-threat secondary personnel are a highly valued commodity in the pass dominated league. Clinton-Dix possesses the speed, lateral quickness and agility to cover tight ends and slot receivers. He has blitzing and ball-hawking skills with excellent range and doubles down as crisp tackler able to offer critical run support especially in space. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix is only the third Tide safety to be selected in the first round since the common draft of 1967 preceded by George Teague (1993, 29th) and most recently Mark Barron (2011, 7th).