The Bears hold the 14th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, this puts them in position to address their defensive problems with a high-caliber player, thanks to the demand for offensive players in the first half of the draft. One of the Bears weaknesses this year was at the free safety position. This was never more evident than in the last defensive play of the Bears season. Chris Conte allowed Randall Cobb to run right past him to make the game winning touchdown catch. Conte was mistakenly playing zone coverage while the rest of the defense was playing man coverage.
Alabama FS Ha’Sean “Haha” Clinton-Dix is very talented in pass coverage. He always keeps his eye on the QB, and has great instincts to go along with his above average ball skills. It’s worth noting that Nick Saban had him play single high safety in a cover 3 scheme, due to his ability to cover ground using his fast closing speed. Scouts also love his high football IQ, and overall awareness.
Ha’Sean “Haha” Clinton-Dix is not the perfect player. While his potential is high and he shows the natural ability to be a productive player in the NFL, like all young players, he does need to improve in some areas. He has sometimes appeared hesitant in run defense. He allows offensive players to get too close to his body, which makes it harder to shed blocks. He needs to learn how to use his length to prevent this from happening. He can also play the ball too aggressively sometimes, allowing the receiver to make the catch, and leaving the coverage vulnerable. He also needs to improve his overall technique. He will sometimes get tangled with a receiver causing a flag to be thrown. All of his downside can be corrected with good coaching, and I would not disagree with taking him in the first round.
There is a good possibility that the Bears could draft Ha’Sean “Haha” Clinton-Dix, so Bears fans may want to pay extra attention to his throughout the NFL Draft process.