|Clinton-Dix possesses all of the traits NFL teams look for in a free safety and is widely expected to be one of the first safeties taken off the board by the middle of the first round. He is quick and strong, and his reaction time is exceptional. He can quickly break down a play as it's happening to get himself in position to defend a pass or make a tackle. Clinton-Dix is a physical tackler and is adept at shedding a blocker to get to the ball carrier. Scouts were impressed with the way he excelled against tough competition in the SEC at an Alabama program that regularly churns out NFL-ready defensive players. He finished 2013 with 52 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups in 11 games. His numbers were down a bit from 2012, when he had an SEC-best five interceptions, but some of that stems from opposing offenses deciding not to test him and opting to throw the other way. He also sat out two games last season due to a suspension for accepting a short-term loan from an assistant strength and conditioning coach who's no longer employed by Alabama. Clinton-Dix was named a second-team All-American and was a first-team All-SEC selection last season, and he's poised to start for an NFL team in 2014.