2014 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions Make Mistake By Not Drafting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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For the record, Eric Ebron is a great talent and could end up being a transcendent tight end in the NFL. But the Detroit Lions made a huge mistake in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by not selecting former Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. He was the player who fit best at that spot, and the Lions will eventually regret not taking him.

Coming into the draft, Detroit’s two biggest needs were safety and cornerback, as the Lions need almost a complete overhaul of their secondary. With cornerback being a much deeper position in this year’s draft class than safety, the Lions knew they could have waited until Day 2, possibly Day 3, to draft a cornerback and still end up with a good one. There is less certainty of finding a quality safety in the later rounds, which is why Detroit should have jumped at taking Clinton-Dix 10th overall since he’s arguably the top safety in this year’s class.

Instead, the Lions decided to make a luxury pick and take Ebron, despite already heaving two viable pass-catching tight ends in Joseph Fauria and Brandon Pettigrew. Detroit was in no position to be making a luxury pick in the first round after its epic collapse at the end of last season resulted in them finishing third in a division they should have won easily.

Considering the state of the secondary, Detroit had no business taking any player other than a defensive back in the first round. To make matters worse, the Lions watched the player they should have taken get selected by the NFC North rival Green Bay Packers, meaning they’ll have to face him twice a season for many years to come.

Taking Ebron won’t hurt the Lions, but the redundancy at tight end does, as does the fact that Detroit didn’t use its first round pick to add a marquee player in the secondary. That is why they will ultimately regret choosing not to draft Clinton-Dix.

Bryan Zarpentine is a New York Mets writer at RantSports.com.  He also writes frequently about the NFL, College Football, College Basketball, and International Soccer.  Like him on Facebook, follow him on twitter @BZarp and add him on Google.

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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Reasons Green Bay Packers Smart To Select Ha Ha Clinton-Dix In First Round 

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  • Jake

    Not when Ebron is running trough, around, and over haha twice a year

    • mastermind3

      Jake…Let’s get real.. there is no chance on this Planet that Eric Enron will get close to getting a touchdown or getting a 1st down unless purposely avoid running anywhere Near Ha’ Ha

  • Jake

    and then stiff arm to the ground for the touchdown while he is laughing haha

  • mastermind3

    The Detroit Lions made a Tragic mistake Passing on Ha’ Ha Clinton Dix…Clinton-Dix now has 4 Million $ Reasons to make Erik Ebron a nonfactor in the 2 Games Green Bay Plays vs the Lions…..Oh Yes ! It’s Great to watch Clinton Dix Play..he’s just so cool and Calm; but if you know anything about this Kid,.. You’d better believe his ultimate “Team Goal ” Is to be a factor in winning every game he plays, especially Teams from #10 thru #20 …who had an opportunity to select Clinton Dix.

    There are many of us who believe the Lions Management & Scouting Personnel will have Vacancy over this unthinkable mistake of selecting an Unneeded Tight End as the 10th Pick 1st Round of the Draft.. even little Old Ladies knowing little about football knows that passing on Clinton Dix was a Dumb Decision.

    Clinton Dix has a documented history of being a Great Player from Pop Warner/High School/ & College….never losing a “Regular Season” Game his final 2 Years of Pop Warner Football …nor did he lose a “Regular Season “Game his final 2 of High School as a Shutdown Corner….a Wide Receiver who demanded double coverage …a Kickoff Return Specialist….not to mention the #1 Safety in High School & #1 Free Safety in Collage Football…Click on this High School Link.. to see 3 min & 46 seconds of Chills & Thrills with Clinton Dix on Offense & Defense .. kttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN67oxQ-4r8