2014 NFL Draft Analysis: Packers Fill Need, Get Great Value with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Kevin C. Cox

The Packers fill a major need in the defensive secondary with the 21st overall pick

Ha Ha. That's me laughing at the Lions and also celebrating the Packers picking up arguably one of the best value selections so far in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was pegged as a sure-fire top 10 pick a while before the draft, but after several teams decided to fill needs at linebacker and cornerback, the Packers have a Week 1 starting safety fall into their laps at pick no. 21.

Ted Thompson looks pretty smart for not overpaying a free agent safety at this point. Let's hope Morgan Burnett can regain some mojo now that he has a competent partner next to him and will have an entire offseason to get right both mentally and physically.

The scouting report on Clinton-Dix is that he covers a lot of ground, has great man-to-man coverage skills, is an above-average tackler in open space, and is very quick, but doesn't have elite speed. I would compare him to Eric Berry or Michael Griffen in terms of body type and skill set.

I'm not sure how you can dislike this selection unless you were so disappointed in not getting C.J. Mosley that you turned off your TV, started drinking straight from the bottle, and didn't watch the rest of the draft. This appears to be a home run for the Packers, and should help the defense with a difference maker in the back end of the secondary that has been missing since Nick Collins went down in early 2011.

(Side note): Big shout out to my girlfriend for allowing me to use her phone to keep track of the draft and write this article on her cell phone while also buying beer.

Josh VanDyke covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He is also currently a sports writer for MLive.com.
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