With the 21st overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected safety HaHa Clinton-Dix from the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Coming into the draft there was some heavy rumblings that head coach Mike McCarthy and the organization would be looking in the defensive direction and that’s what they did–and it was a smart move.
In three years at Alabama under head coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, Clinton-Dix amassed 99 total tackles with four for loss in helping the Tide win two national championships during his time in Tuscaloosa.
With the NFC North getting more pass happy as the years go along with the likes of Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler, it makes a ton of sense for the Packers to grab probably the best cover safety in the entire group, who should make an instant impact with the team from day one when he steps on the field.
The success of Alabama players in the draft continues this year, especially for defenders, as Clinton-Dix is the second Alabama defensive member to be selected on Thursday night after C.J. Mosley was taken by the Ravens with the 17th overall pick.