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What should Packers seek next?

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Greg Peck
Friday, May 9, 2014

I'm sure you've heard. In Thursday night's first round of the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers chose—no kidding—an Alabama safety named Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix. Wonder how well such a name will play in the rough-and-tumble world of pro football.

The first time a receiver burns him deep, the opponent might suggest, “Hey, Ha-Ha, you're a joke.”

Fine, but Green Bay's secondary play—particularly among safeties—was a joke itself last year. Not one safety intercepted a pass. No wonder at pick No. 21, Green Bay passed up “Johnny Football” Manziel—Cleveland grabbed this scrambling quarterback one pick later after trading up—and Teddy Bridgewater, whom Minnesota grabbed as its next franchise quarterback after trading up to pick No. 32.

Still, it was interesting to read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's roundup of NFL scout comments on Clinton-Dix that we reprinted in today's Gazette.

For example, “There's just nothing he does really well. He's not particularly athletic…” one scout said. Said another: “I don't think he can cover. … There's something missing in Ha-Ha. He has hip tightness. He has to gather to change directions. He overruns things frequently.”

Yet another scout said: “He does everything right. He doesn't make any mistakes. He has good range. He's a very good tackler. He just plays very sound. Very Sound. I'd be surprised if he got to 21.”

Well, fans will have to see who's right once players put the pads on in Green Bay.

In the meantime, the draft continues today, and Green Bay still needs help at linebacker, center, tight end, wide receiver and cornerback. Should the Pack take a flyer on a late-round quarterback?

If you were Packer GM Ted Thompson, what position would you most target in the second round?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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