Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Has Visit With Eagles

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Going into the offseason, the Eagles knew they had to once again address the safety position.

The team decided to sign Malcolm Jenkins in free agency and bring back Nate Allen on a one-year deal. Second-year player Earl Wolff will also be in the mix for a starting spot.

Colt Anderson recently signed with the Colts, and Kurt Coleman caught on with the Vikings.

But going into the draft, adding another safety remains a strong possibility. And the likely top option on the board is Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix has had a visit with the Eagles, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder ran a 4.58 at the combine. He said he played the deep middle of the field a lot as a sophomore, but was asked to do more things during his junior season.

“Chance [Kam Chancellor] is a big-play, big-time safety,” Clinton-Dix told reporters at the combine. “But you also need safeties that can cover slot receivers and also play the deep middle of the field and in the box. So I think you need more versatile safeties in this league now.”

That’s music to the ears of Chip Kelly, Billy Davis and the Eagles’ coaching staff.

Of course, most mocks have Clinton-Dix going off the board before the Birds pick at No. 22. And given that the team only has six selections, a trade-up seems unlikely

Still, there’s always a degree of unpredictability when it comes to the draft, and the Eagles are doing their homework on a talented player who could step in and help them immediately.

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  • NickS1

    From what I see in the picture, I don’t think he made the tackle.

    • cliff henny

      yeah, that’s Evans. better bring more than that

      • NickS1

        Yeah, as in more defenders.

        • cliff henny

          Evans has him half sliding off w/ just a chicken wing elbow.

          • NickS1

            Yup. If the FO decides to trade up to nab Evans, I 110% support it.

      • Johnny Domino

        All the more reason to have them on the same team, right?

    • anon

      aka why none of these smallish players are getting picked by us

      • NickS1

        HHCD isn’t a smallish player, though. Evans is just a monster.

        • Eagles1018

          Love the initials to shorten all these players names. When I first got here I had to figure who KVN was…and I was asking myself why we’re talking about wu tang with ODB. U guys are awesome. Btw if HHCD is there…yes please and thank you.

          • Jorge Gutierrez

            My sides….

    • dante

      He would be a instant upgrade

      • NickS1

        Evans would be, hands down.

    • Jorge Gutierrez

      Well in his defense, he’s trying to tackle someone who is 6’5″ 240… but give him credit for trying

    • jt521

      with a facemask thrown in for good measure.

  • James Hathaway

    http://mockdraftable.com/player/4410/ How ’bout nooooooo. That’s terrifyingly bad measurables for a guy linked to a top 15 selection. Nope nope nope nonononope. I’d much rather draft someone later that has the ability and needs to get coached up a bit (Wolff part deux). Best player available, freak show athlete in the first, please.

    • Tommy McCabe Jr

      Who cares what that dumb ass art project says. Can he play? Enough said!

  • James Hathaway

    I’m starting to realize that most of my infatuation with measurables is so I don’t have to trade them away and take a cap hit in Madden 26. Under 90 speed DB? See ya.

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  • Dilwala_G

    Totally unlikely hypothetical question – if you are the eagles at #22 and Anthony Barr, Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Calvin Pryor, Mike Evans, and all the CBs are still available, who do you draft?

    I think I’d go Barr. If he is off board but rest are there – do you go safety, cb, or wr

    • NickS1

      Evans. Not even close, for me.

    • peteike

      ok ya you cant include Evans in that mix, he just wont last, no way. Without Evans I go Barr also but he is still a bit of a gamble. I like Dix but only for his cover skills, I love Pryors game. Im hoping they trade back and if not one of these safeties is there for them to snag.

    • JofreyRice

      My preference: 1) Barr 2) Evans 3) Fuller 4) Dix 5) Gilbert 6) Pryor

      • Andy124

        1) Barr 2) Evans 3) PryDix 4) Fullbert

        • Maggie

          Oops, sorry, you said Fullbert. This is Eggbert.

    • Jorge Gutierrez

      Dix and Cox on the same team….. I can see the memes now.

      • JofreyRice

        What’s wrong with the name Dix, I don’t get it?

    • Tommy McCabe Jr

      It would be between Dix and Pryor. Chip can make offense work with just about any WR. and there are CBs to be found in the 2nd or 3rd (Desir, McGill) and even 5th (Colvin). They NEED safety help. Barr is 3-4 years from being a solid starter in NFL. Not enough experience on defensive side of the ball just yet to think he’ll take off right away in NFL (only been a LB for 2 years, played offense before that). Its easy to look good in the Pac-12 too, Look at Dion Jordan, don’t use the “wrong position” crap either. BALLERS ball out no matter the position.

      • John E. Zang

        I can almost gurantee they won’t draft a safety in round 1. Could be wrong but Chip wants his WR and I’m all for it. It’s a more important position for the success of a franchise and we need to strike early enough there. Just by judging offseason moves to me it indicates they’re standing pat on safety barring the chance a highly rated one falls to them later. I really don’t think it would be good value to use a first on a safety.

        • Tommy McCabe Jr

          I agree. If it came down to the players mentioned above its one of the safeties, but, I believe its gonna be a WR, Benjamin to be exact. Mainly cuz, like you said, Chip wants his receiver. He may even double up with Brandon Coleman. Our WR coach loves him. I look past the first round and see the potential. Hell the deeper in the draft you get the hungrier players get. THAT is where, given the depth of the draft, this team will find its OLB and S of the future. Could have already found the OLB if they weren’t so hell bent on good guys and snatched up Burfict 2 years ago instead of wasting picks on Brandon Washington or Marvin McNutt, but, is what it is.

    • Bracey

      Barr, Pryor, or Evans IMO. I also really like Mosley.
      Just thinking about biggest difference maker. I like our CBs more than other people do, especially because I think Carrol can slide up and steal a starting spot. I think he’s really underrated. This defense doesn’t call for a shutdown and I think some lower round CBs aren’t much of a fall-off from rd1. Barr is great, Evans is incredible, and I like Pryor more than Clinton-Dix. Has the versatility, playmaking ability, and bone-crushing hits.

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      • Tom W

        Dead right

      • Yes_General

        I’m torn between Evans and Barr as well. Either one would make an immediate impact

    • John E. Zang

      Mike Evans is probably a no-brainer. I like other bigger wideouts better but I think Chip can definitely coach him up and fit him right in. I understand the OLB issue but we can get by on what we have and maybe someone in a later round and/or someone a team lets go in training camp. The most important thing is to take advantage of the stength of this draft which is wideouts. Sure needs factor in a bit but you have to juice the draft for where its strengts lie. I think they’re one dominating WR away from the big show and I think Chip feels the same way.

  • peteike

    I know everyone loves to bash the guy but is there still a chance Nate Allen improves with another year in this scheme. I think theres still some growth but I get it at this point if you dont buy that possibility.

  • Jorge Gutierrez

    Can you imagine Dix and Cox on the same team?….. I can see the memes now.

    • Harpy Eagle

      Don’t forget Johnson

  • botto

    if the giants get evans we are screwed

    • peteike

      not unless they get Oline help first. Eli factor is still always there for us, mid season Eli anyway

    • John E. Zang

      I wouldn’t go that far but I can see him landing there. Just means Eli will narrow his center field pop ups to one player.

  • John E. Zang

    I’m one of the rare eagle fans that doesn’t think we need to spend a top draft pick on a safety. I know they’re just doing their due diligence here but I’d be happy with the dude from Arkansas. It’s all about scheme fit and how you plan on utilizing them. Look at Kam, he was a late round pick but he fit what they were building. Bring on the next great Eagles receiver! I want one to break the record books and get us a ring or two.

    • John E. Zang

      Can never have enough game changers and great skill posting players and this is the draft for it. We will be fine with our safeties now and I have confidence in the development of Earl Wolffe, humble dude and a big hitter for his size. Nate Allen got so screwed in his time here with Walrus Boy and he still has good ball hawking skills and can be a solid tackler.

  • John E. Zang

    The problem with safety play last year was Wang “Team Wrecking Ball” Chung, inexperience and injuries really. Wolffe was on his way to a solid performance for a rookie with low expectations. We don’t need the next coming of Dawkins to win a championship. If we do we’ll be waiting a long long time.

  • Joe Thomas

    I personally have a lot of confidence in Wolfe. Jenkins and Allen will be solid. I rather them go LB or CB in round one, depending who is there anyway.