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Packers Go Defense, Take Clinton-Dix In 1st Round

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of the Alabama Crimson Tide poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #21 overall by the Green Bay Packers during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 08: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of the Alabama Crimson Tide poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #21 overall by the Green Bay Packers during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Packers have selected Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round of the NFL draft, adding a hard-hitting safety to a defense that needed playmakers.

Clinton-Dix was taken with the 21st overall pick Thursday night. He had 51 tackles and two interceptions as a junior in 2013, his first season as a full-time starter for Alabama. He’ll join fellow former Crimson Tide star running back Eddie Lacy in Green Bay.

Clinton-Dix is considered to be disciplined player with good ball skills, though not especially fast or athletic.

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Still, he figures to strengthen the secondary. The Packers didn’t get an interception from their safeties last year.

The Packers wanted to find impact players on defense in the offseason. They added veteran Julius Peppers to complement Clay Matthews on the pass rush.

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