Defense is a priority for the Cowboys this season. After an abysmal performance in 2013, Jason Garrett is expected to focus this offseason on the defense. One position that could use a new face is safety. Barry Church played exceptionally at safety, but there is a huge question on who will play across from him. J.J. Wilcox and Jeff Heath both got some playing time across from Church, but they are not guaranteed to be started next year. While safety may not be as big of a priority as defensive tackle or defensive end, it is still a position we should thoroughly look at.
Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the best safety in this year’s draft. Currently he is expected to go around the 10-20 range, so he is a prospect that the Cowboys could realistically pick. Ha Ha fits a need and would provide good value at that point of the draft.
Let’s go over his strength. He has good size for a safety at 6 ft 1. He has long arms, which is what makes him so effective at attacking the ball. One of my favourite things about Ha Ha is his coverage ability. He does a fine job in covering man on man coverage. From what I’ve seen, he is often covering tight ends and slot receivers with no help. In deep zone coverage, Ha Ha has shown a lot of range and is quick to get to the ball. You see a lot of safeties play in the box and focus their game on stopping the run and making big hits. It’s nice to see a safety that’s actually more specialized in coverage, rather than an undersized linebacker labeled as a safety. Ha Ha should translate well as a starting NFL safety.
Ha Ha does have his fair share of weaknesses as well. I like how he gets low for tackles, but he needs to work on wrapping up on his tackles. Ha Ha could use a bit more strength. He weighs in at 208 lb, but he has a long frame and can actually bulk up a bit more.
Ha Ha has all the physical ability to be a good safety in the NFL. He has the potential to be an incredible super star with some good coaching. He has pass coverage skills that most teams can use on their defense. His weaknesses can be fixed with some focus during the offseason. As a result to that, Ha Ha has a high floor and is a safe pick in this draft. If no defensive tackles are available for the Cowboys in the first round, Ha Ha will be a great pick for them.