The Baltimore Ravens are in need of a ball hawking safety and while there may be some seasoned veterans in free agency, the team is looking to stay young. Unless the Ravens make a trade with the Buffalo Bills for Jarius Byrd, the will need to turn to this year’s Draft. One prospect that could slip to them as the second overall rated safety is Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Yes, I did say Ha Ha, but this guy’s game is no laughing matter.
Ha Ha’s real name is Ha’Sean; this Alabama product had a monster 2012, racking up 37 tackles and four interceptions on the season. He is 6-foot-1,208 pounds, and has a real nose for the ball. He appears to be great in the free safety position, backing so far back during plays that he is seldom on the screen during my film study. He plays the game like a true centerfielder, backing up before pouncing forward to make the catch. College QBs definitely needed to be alert to where he was on the field.
Clinton-Dix is so-so in run-support, as he is hesitant at times, but I can appreciate him hesitating because there are times that require you to break down before you tackle someone, so that you don’t fly right past them. This tactic of patience has helped him on special teams as well. Other than that and the small, two-game suspension issue for a violation of team rules according to ESPN.com, I see a really well rounded prospect here.
Nick Saban knows studs when he sees them, as does Ozzie Newsome. It is also well know that Newsome has a thing for Alabama players, as he has picked up Courtney Upshaw, Brandon Williams, Terrance Cody and a few others. If this safety slides into the second round, don’t be surprised if the Ravens pick him up.