The New York Jets went in to the first round of the 2014 NFL draft desperately eyeing up a new safety, in keeping with head coach Rex Ryan's defense based style. Those two players were Calvin Pryor out of Louisville, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The Jets took Pryor with the 18th pick and Clinton-Dix dropped down to number 21 where he was taken by the Green Bay Packers.
Clinton-Dix has heard the reasoning Ryan gave for not taking the 'Bama man and Ha Ha wasn't exactly happy with what he heard.
Knock Faces In
Ryan cited Pryor’s ability to ‘knock your face in’ as the reason he took Pryor over Clinton-Dix. Ha Ha’s response was hardly an airy laugh as the two sides look set to go up against each other this weekend in week 2 of the National Football League season.
“I’m not afraid to do that at all,” Clinton-Dix said according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “And you’re going to continue to see that out of me. If that’s what they thought, hey, that’s on him. I’m going to show him.”
Chip on his Shoulder
There’s nothing like the NFL draft to create a lifelong chip on the shoulder of a professional athlete. The primary difference between the two has been cited in style. Pryor was allowed to roam and go wild in Louisville while Clinton-Dix played in the rigid Alabama system.
“I can’t take anything away from Pryor — that’s my boy,” Clinton-Dix said. “He’s a hell of a hitter. He does his thing. It was the same thing in college. He had the ability to roam around. I had to play in a scheme.”
We’ll see who gets the biggest hit, and the last laugh, when the two face off at Lambeau Field.