Chicago Bears Draft Choice – Aaron Donald vs Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) tackles Oklahoma Sooners running back Brennan Clay (24) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama (6’1″, 209 lbs)

From our draft profile:

[Clinton-Dix] has great range, ball skills, good hands, and underrated physicality against the run. Dix is a prototype centerfielder in pass coverage and not a liability against the run. He’s not a big hitter, but is a sound tackler and takes good angles to the ball. With the NFL becoming more of a passing league, an asset in coverage like Dix is worth a first round pick.

The case to draft…

The Bears safeties were putrid last year, the worst ranked duo in the league.  They’ve added Ryan Mundy via free agency and not all that much else.  There have been plenty of reinforcements added along the defensive line, so you get an impact player and a young cornerstone for your defensive backfield.  The Bears have been in search of a safety for nearly the last decade.  Hopefully drafting Clinton-Dix would finally end that search.

The case not to draft…

It starts up front and in the trenches.  If you get help on the defensive line and can pressure opposing quarterbacks, you can get by with lesser safeties.  If the Bears think they have a starting free safety in free agent Ryan Mundy, would they double down and draft Clinton-Dix?

What do you think, Bears fans?  If you had to choose between defensive tackle Aaron Donald or safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who would you select?

Who would be your draft choice, Aaron Donald or Ha Ha Clinton Dix?

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  • Gioscianna

    Grab Gilbert and have him play saftey till Tillman leaves. 2nd round go with Tuitt. 3rd round go Will Sutton. 4th Yawin Smallwood. 5th Isaiah Crowell. 6th Colt Lyerla and with our second 6th draft the BPA at any position on defense.

  • BigJonLilJon

    If Donald is still there… it becomes easy. Draft him fast. DT is still a position of need in order to stop the run. The line will also help cover the secondary and there will be a few good safeties in round 2. If Donald isn’t there… I still say Gilbert over Ha HA

    • metalhead65

      right just like all the other good safeties the bears have drafted in the third round and later over the years right? would not be upset if they drafted gilbert but they have to for once grab the top guy available for the secondary. donald is small for a tackle how will he handle the bigger and stronger offensive lineman he will be be facing in the NFL?

      • BigJonLilJon

        Donald faced that in college and performed.. low center of gravity and his speed gets him a good push. And I think Buchanon will be available in 2nd round as a safety

  • Gioscianna

    I would prefer to go 1. Calvin Pryor SS. 2. Pierre Desir CB. 3. Anthony Johnson DT. 4. Yawin Smallwood MLB. 5. Aaron Lynch DE. 6. Xavier Grimble TE. 6. Jeff Matthews QB.

  • Lewis Hanson

    I say they surprise everyone again and go with C. J. Mosley… ; )

  • Kirk Devries

    If Donald is there, trade down with Dallas and get the 16th pick. Then trade the 16th pick and move down again. Pick up two more second round picks to go along where you have moved down and have a total of 4 second round picks or 3 seconds and a late first, other picks will be added in the deals, such as extra 4th or 3rd rounder depending. PIck Bucannon with one of the seconds and you still have three more seconds or 4 more seconds, again depending. . Briggs and Tillman were second rounders. Find the gems and we win.

  • Mike Flannery

    No-brainer if Donald is there. Best DT in draft and perfect fit for Bears scheme.

  • David A Maupin

    Donald bar none over Dix. However it looked like a viable pick a couple weeks ago I don’t see Donald lasting past 12 to GMen the latest and possibly Lovie’s first pick as the Buccs head coach.

  • Michael Praser

    I don’t think that Donald is a perfect fit for the Bears scheme. They need some big boys in the middle. We need to eat up the running back.