The Green Bay Packers don’t have to turn their full attention to the 2014 NFL draft yet, and that’s because they’re in the playoffs.
By beating the Chicago Bears last weekend on a last-minute throw from a newly- returned Aaron Rodgers to a newly-returned Randall Cobb, the Pack secured the NFC North and punched their tickets to the playoffs.
Still, once Green Bay’s “season of destiny” does end—whether it be Wild Card weekend or after the Super Bowl—the Packers do have some needs to address in the draft.
My friend Matt Miller over at Bleacher Report sees them taking a safety: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix out of Alabama.
Not only is free safety a major need for the team, but Clinton-Dix is an exceptional value pick at No. 25 overall. And like Eric Reid and Kenny Vaccaro from the 2013 class, the Alabama safety can step in and make an impact from his first day on the job. That’s exactly what Green Bay needs.
Clinton-Dix would give Dom Capers’ staff the rangy, ball-hawking safety they need, but he’ll also come up and pop runners.
Miller suggested that Green Bay would throw a part if Clinton-Dix fell to them, and I tend to agree.
Strong safety Morgan Burnett has done some great things in four seasons and he’s a solid starter for the Pack. He’ll need some help at free safety though, that’s been a weakness this season, so filling the need with HHCD would be smart by Green Bay.
In 2013, Clinton-Dix notched two interceptions, 45 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and four passes broken up. Green Bay has had success drafting Alabama stars (See: Eddie Lacy) so I don’t see them going wrong here.