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Road to the draft: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Position: Safety
School: Alabama
Measurements: 6-foot-1, 208 pounds
40 time: 4.58 seconds. Bench press: 11 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 33 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.16 seconds. 60-yard shuttle: 11.63 seconds.
Career stats: 98 tackles, nine passes defensed, seven interceptions.
Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: Let’s start with that name. His given first name is Ha’Sean, pronounced like Ha-seen. But it was commonly pronounced  as Ha-shawn, so his grandmother nicknamed him Ha Ha when he was “3 or 4,” and it’s stuck. … Played in a pro-style defense under Nick Saban with the Crimson Tide. Tall, athletic build makes him “look the part.” Has the range to play “center field” in a single-high safety scheme, but also is versatile enough to come down into the box in run support. Tied for the SEC lead with five interceptions as a sophomore in 2012. Takes good angles and reacts well to the ball. Has drawn comparisons to All-Pro Seattle safety Earl Thomas. … Served a two-game suspension last season after an assistant coach loaned him money. … Had knee surgery for a torn meniscus in December. … Needs to add strength at the next level to get off blocks. Just 19 career starts.

He said it: “I'm one of the best safeties in the draft because I played in 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. I fly around.”

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins on May 8.

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