KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former Alabama safety Ha’Sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix is one of the top prospects at his position, leading to numerous draft analysts to project him as a Day One selection in May’s NFL Draft.
Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama free safety Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadum. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
Given his status, it’s only natural for Clinton-Dix, who recently visited with the Detroit Lions, to make the rounds with franchises in need of a safety.
Clinton-Dix at this time has predraft visits arranged with “numerous teams,” a source familiar with his schedule told ChiefsSpin.com.
But the Chiefs, who own the 23rd pick overall in the draft, are currently not one of the teams, the source said.
Clinton-Dix and another top draft prospect in Louisville safety Calvin Pryor were linked to the Chiefs at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine, Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star reported.
The discussions with Clinton-Dix, Pryor or any safety prospect make sense considering the free safety position for the Chiefs proved an area requiring immediate attention after the 2013 season.
Last year’s starter, Kendrick Lewis, tweeted Friday afternoon he’s joining the Houston Texans and safety/returner Quintin Demps signed a free-agent contract with the New York Giants last week.
Of course, the Chiefs re-signed Husain Abdullah to a two-year deal and Sanders Commings, last year’s fifth-round pick, returns from a shoulder injury.
General manager John Dorsey remains high on Commings, and indicated during a conference call earlier in the week with the Chiefs media there will be competition for the starting job.
“One of the reasons we drafted Sanders Commings is we thought he fit that positional skill,” Dorsey said. “I could see Husain and those guys competing, and there’s some players within this draft that could help come in and contribute as well.”
Meanwhile, there are weeks to go before the draft on May 8.
Other than the safety position, the Chiefs have areas of need on the roster, including wide receiver, to address either through free agency or the draft.
The Chiefs could eventually decide to bring in Clinton-Dix for a predraft visit, but as of now he’s not scheduled.