Former Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix needs no more introductions to the Eagles. He made an official visit there, has friends on the team and in the front office, and is well aware of the franchise’s futile quest to draft another safety who conjures images of franchise icon Brian Dawkins.

Clinton-Dix, considered the elite safety prospect for the NFL draft, would happily embrace the pressure and expectations that would come if the Eagles picked him in the first round Thursday night.

He even sent a text message to Eagles director of player personnel Ed Marynowitz, a former Alabama football recruiter, to lobby for his friend to make it happen.

“He sent me an article and I was on the front of it, about going to Philly and what not,” Clinton-Dix said Wednesday at an NFL Play60 event in Manhattan involving the prospects invited to Radio City Music Hall. “I told him to tell them to come get me, please. Whatever it takes.”

The Eagles, who have bodies at the position but are sorely lacking a playmaker in the secondary, would probably be thrilled to have the chance to draft Clinton-Dix. But they pick 22nd overall, and most analysts believe Clinton-Dix will be the first safety taken, anywhere in the top 15.

Clinton-Dix thinks the Eagles also believe they’re not in his draft range. At least not at 22.

“When I left there I felt like they felt like they might need to draft up to get me,” he said.

Several reports have the Eagles moving up in the first round, but most of them centered on an elite receiver or quarterback Johnny Manziel. Last Thursday, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman seemed to lower expectations for the Eagles coming away with a safety, saying the safety class “isn’t a good group overall.”

If those reports and Roseman’s comments are smoke screens, maybe they’re really planning to trade up for Clinton-Dix.