TUSCALOOSA -- Growing up, Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix said he always dreamed of making the jump to the NFL after playing three years of college football. On Thursday, he took the first step toward making that dream a reality.
Clinton-Dix is the top safety prospect, according to ESPN.com. Clinton-Dix, who missed two games because of suspension, was fourth on the team with 52 total tackles. He also had two interceptions and 3.5 tackles for loss. He said he received a first-round grade. Clinton-Dix said his suspension and injury “most definitely” factored into his decision.
“The suspension was my fault, a bad decision on my hands that I made,” Clinton-Dix said. “I was thankful and fortunate enough for the NCAA to appeal it and do my two-game suspension (so I could) be back with my team. Also, the knee injury was a scare. Thank God it wasn’t anything big. … What if I decided to come back and I break my neck or something? Then I can’t play ball anymore. That definitely played a role in it.”
If Clinton-Dix is taken in the first round, it will be the third straight year Alabama has had a defensive back taken in the opening round of the draft (Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick in 2012, and Dee Milliner in 2013).