The Dallas Cowboys are preparing for the NFL Combine which is the next step in the journey to the NFL Draft in May. With hopes of being a playoff contender in 2014, Dallas will be looking for players to help upgrade their team immediately. One of the positions the Cowboys definitely need to upgrade is the position of safety, and one of the top safeties available will be Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Alabama.
It is no secret how bad Dallas has been at the safety position for the better part of a decade. In the last five years, Dallas has drafted safeties Michael Hamlin, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Matt Johnson and J.J.Wilcox. Last season they also started Jeff Heath for multiple games. Putting it simply, the Cowboys have had about as much luck at picking safeties as Taylor Swift has had at picking boyfriends.
The Cowboys must find a good safety, and that may require using a high round pick to get one. A high pick is what it will take to get Clinton-Dix, but I believe it would be worth it.
Clinton-Dix is a 6-foot-1, 208-pound safety who always seems to be around the ball. He is coming off a 2013 season in which he had 58 tackles for the Crimson Tide. He also had two interceptions and six pass breakups. He is projected to be selected in the middle of the first round.
The one knock against Clinton-Dix is that he is a little undersized and needs to bulk up just a bit. Sometimes his size does not allow him to be as physical as he needs to be against the run. However, many players put on muscle in their first year in the NFL, so he should be fine.
Dallas has many needs, but you cannot argue that any need is bigger than safety. If Dallas feels safety is the biggest need they must take a close look at Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, because he would be a definite upgrade for a position that desperately needs one.