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Combine Q&A: Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix touts experience in NFL-ready scheme
INDIANAPOLIS — With a defense going through a major makeover after an awful 2013 season, the Sun-Times is looking at draft prospects the Bears may target in the 2014 draft. This Q&A with Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is part of that series:
On how he compares to Louisville’s Calvin Pryor:
CP is a great player. He plays fast. He’s always around the ball. He can hit. He’s a physical person. So if I compare myself, I’ll just say I’m as quick as him. I can’t say I can hit like him. He’s a big hitter.
On the best part of his game:
I play fast. Very physical. I’m not afraid to line up against the slot. I can do it all.
On his name:
My first name is pronounced Ha-SEEN, but it’s spelled Ha’Sean, so people got mixed up a lot. My grandmother gave me that name when I was 3 or 4 years old, so everyone’s been calling me that since then.
On his role changing at Alabama:
My sophomore year I was pretty much playing in the middle of the field a lot, make sure I was the deepest guy, the last guy to make a tackle and whatnot. This year I was able to get more involved in the run, be in the box more. So I think that was the difference.
On how he and Pryor just met each other:
I just ran into him upstairs … It was fun. It was funny. I got a feel for him.
On if he views Pryor as competition:
Oh yeah. He’s a great player. I watched him play on Thursdays a lot, because they played on Thursdays, Louisville did. So I was able to catch their games and see what type of player he was.
On him being viewed as the top safety:
There’s a lot of good top prospects out there. But I think what separates me from the rest of them is the system I played in. Like I said, coach (Nick) Saban’s system is very hard. It took me my entire freshman year to learn that system. I think that’s what separates me: the different personnel, and things I was asked to do.