Cheesehead TV was at the NFL Combine, where new Green Bay Packers first round draft choice Ha Ha Clinton-Dix met with the media.
Here's what he had to say:
Question: Why are you the best safety in the draft?
Clinton-Dix: "I'm one of the best safeties in the draft because I played in (Nick) Saban's system. I feel like I'm prepared for the next level. I'm a fast learner. I play fast. I study a lot of film. I study the opponent a lot, and that's about it. I fly around."
Question: How did playing in the SEC help you?
Clinton-Dix: "I think a lot of SEC players are huge. Pretty big, pretty fast. They play at a top-notch level. So I think I played at a top level in the SEC."
Question: Are you the type of safety playing in the box or back in "centerfield?"
Clinton-Dix: "My sophomore year I wasn't in the box that much, but my junior year I feel like I got involved in the box a lot and was able to make a lot of tackles in the box. So I felt like I did a lot my junior year."
Question: Are you a free or strong safety?
Clinton-Dix: "I think I can play both deep field and inside the box."
Question: Are teams looking at you more at free safety?
Clinton-Dix: "You know, at the next level you've got to know both. You've got to be able to play in the box and play deep. So if you know both, you'll be fine."
Question: Why did you come out early as an underclassman?
Clinton-Dix: "I wanted to make sure I was ready to go to the next level, make sure I had the first-round grade if possible, to go in the first round. I feel like I accomplished a lot at the University of Alabama.
Question: Are you NFL ready?
Clinton-Dix: "I feel like a lot of teams use the pro-style offense in college. Like I said, playing for Coach Saban's defense, we did a lot of things. We played nickel, dime, Cover 2 situations. We played a lot of different defenses."
Question: What's your work ethic and leadership like?
Clinton-Dix: "I'm a friendly guy. I love to work. I'm always smiling. You'll never catch me down even when things are not going right. I'm just a leader, and I'll try to lead be example."
Question: What safeties do you like in the NFL?
Clinton-Dix: "Earl Thomas, Mark Barron, Kenny Vaccaro. I like watching those guys, most definitely.
Question: Do you know much about Calvin Pryor?
Clinton-Dix: "C.P. is a rare player. He plays fast. He's always around the ball. He can hit. He's a physical person. So if I compare myself, I'd just say I'm very quick. I can't say I can hit like him because I'm a big hitter. But he's a great guy."
Question: Is there more emphasis on safeties these days in NFL?
Clinton-Dix: Chance (Kam Chancellor) is a big-play, big-time safety. 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.
Question: What's best part of your game?
Clinton-Dix: "I play fast and very physical. I'm not afraid to line up against the slot. I can do it all.
Question: What about that first name Ha Ha? What's the worst thing you've ever heard about it.
Clinton-Dix: "The whole President Clinton thing with Monica Lewinksy thing. I didn't know much about that."
Question: How did you get the nickname Ha Ha?
Clinton-Dix: "My first name's pronounced Ha'Sean (Ha-seen), but it's spelled (Ha-shawn). So people got mixed up a lot. My grandmother gave me that name when I was about three or four years old, so everyone's been calling me that since then.
Question: What's the difference between how you were used as a sophomore and then a junior?
Clinton-Dix: My sophomore year, I was asked to pretty much play the middle of the field a lot. You know, make sure I was the deepest guy. The last guy to be making the tackle and what-not. But this year I was able to more involved in the run and being in the box. So I think that was the difference.
Question: How much have you watched of Calvin Pryor?
Clinton-Dix: "I watched him play on Thursday a lot because they played on Thursday, Louisville did. So I was able to catch their games and see what type of player he was. He's definitely a great player."
Question: What separates you from rest of the safeties?
Clinton-Dix: Well, there's a lot of good prospects out there, but I think what separates me from the rest of them is the system I played in. Like I said, Coach Saban's system is very hard. It took me my entire freshman year to learn that system. And I think that's what separates me."
Photo: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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