NEW YORK (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Packers filled a big hole in their secondary Thursday night, by selecting Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix with the 21st overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Clinton-Dix was a college teammate of Packers' running back Eddie Lacy. He's expected to be an immediate starter for a Green Bay safety unit that was the only NFL team not to get an interception last year.
General manager Ted Thompson calls Clinton-Dix a complete all-around player.
Clinton-Dix is 6'1-and-1/2 and 207 pounds. He left Alabama after his junior year, with two years as a starter behind him.
Thompson admitted it was a rough night in the Packers' war room. Two inside linebackers the team wanted were long gone by the time Green Bay got on the clock. Ryan Shazier of Ohio State went to Pittsburgh at Number 15. C.J. Mosley of Alabama was claimed by Baltimore with the 17th pick.
Thompson said he would have been "crushed" had Clinton-Dix gone to New Orleans one pick ahead of the Pack. But the Saints took receiver Brandin Cooks, leaving Green Bay to meet an immediate need on defense.
The Packers have eight more draft picks left -- including three in Friday night's second and third rounds.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)