Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Alabma safety Ha Ha Clintron-Dix, left, comes in to hit Virginia Tech running back Trey Edmunds during a game last year in Atlanta. During Clinton-Dix's first season as full-time starter he had 51 tackles and two interceptions. He is a top prospect in the upcoming NFL draft. 

(Each day leading up to Thursday's NFL draft, Press Eagles beat writer David Weinberg will look at a different position that might interest the team.)

Safety was considered the Philadelphia Eagles' biggest defensive weakness last season.

While Nate Allen enjoyed a solid season, he had little support. Patrick Chung was a major disappointment and was released after the season. He's now back with New England. Kurt Coleman (Minnesota) and Colt Anderson (Indianapolis) were free agents who signed with other teams.

The Eagles made a major move in free agency by acquiring former New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins and have high hopes for Earl Wolff, who was sidelined with a knee injury down the stretch of last season. But they could also use another top-rated safety to compete for playing time.

Top 3 safeties

1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama: The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder is widely considered the top safety in the draft. If the Eagles want him, they will need to trade into the top 15 from their current spot at No. 22 to get him.

2. Calvin Pryor, Louisville: Some experts have him rated above Clinton-Dix. The 5-11, 207-pounder also will go in the top 15.

3. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech: Although listed as a cornerback, Fuller also can play safety. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has the size and aggressiveness the Eagles like in their defensive backs.

Other Eagles possibilities

1. Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois: He could fall to the Eagles at No. 22.

2. Terrence Brooks, Florida State: Brooks is a candidate to be taken in the second or third round.

3. Deone Bucannon, Washington State: A strong safety who could be drafted in second or third round.

Tomorrow: Linebacker

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