Weight: 208 lbs
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Unofficial 40 time: 4.52
If Munchak and company are back next year, chances are we don't draft a safety. However, a coaching change may signal the end of Griffin's contract and pollard may or may not be re-signed. This leaves a gaping hole at safety. Hasean Clinton-Dix. This safety is a great center fielder with superb ball skills. In his first season as a starter he recorded five interceptions from the safety position. He has a great vertical and body control once he's off the ground. This makes him great at attacking the ball at its highest point. Hasean did play on a very tough Alabama defense, and is surrounded by NFL level talent. But, his ball skills and aggressive nature should translate very well at the next level.
STRENGTHS: Clinton-Dix changes directions fluidly and accelerates smoothly. He reads the quarterback's eyes well and breaks on the ball, showing a late burst to close downhill. He has plus hands for the interception and shows vision and natural open-field running skills with the ball in his hands. Clinton-Dix anticipates the run well, attacking the line of scrimmage to make some impressive stops up close.
WEAKNESSES: Doesn't have the preferred strength, at this time, to break free from blocks and isn't a consistently physical tackler, electing to grab and pull down ball-carriers rather than striking them forcefully.
Clinton-Dix followed in that mold as a backup to Lester and Mark Barron in the beginning. Judging from his one year of playing time, Clinton-Dix looks to have excellent instincts. He looks like a smart defender in the deep part of the field. Clinton-Dix covers a lot of ground and is very good at reading the quarterback to know which part of field the throw is going to. That put him in position for big plays including his interception against Notre Dame last season.
Along with excellent foot speed, Clinton-Dix has good ball skills. Obviously, he has been prepared well via the tip drill and other coaching at Alabama.
Clinton-Dix hasn't really shown to be a big hitter, but considering he played in a platoon role, it remains to be seen if he has some enforcer to his game. Clinton-Dix has the size to be a hard hitter and Saban has said that Clinton-Dix is a good tackler. He has the measurements to cover big receivers and tight ends.