6-3/324 Miami FL
Pros: A powerful run stopper that shows good strength and potential as a bull rusher. Has a decent motor and will attempt to chase. But he's mainly a short area player. Can push the pocket and occasionally penetrate to make stops in the backfield. He's hard to move and difficult to block one on one. Shows ability to anchor, occupy blockers, and get leverage vs. the run.
Cons: Is inconsistent in all aspects of his game. Namely with his ability to take on blockers and his motor. Not quick off the snap and not a threat to pressure QB in the pros. Doesn't get off blocks and has trouble vs. double teams.
Overview: He's got a shot in the pros because of his size and strength, but he's inconsistent and is not an impact player. He plays mostly in a rotation at Miami, which means he's doubtful going to do anything different in the pros. Only started 9 games in his college career.
NFL Forecast: At times you see his potential to be a capable rotation player. He could work in either the 4-3 or 3-4. His upside in the 3-4 is a bit higher, but he won't even be a starter there. Instead he could be a guy that spells the starter for a dozen or so snaps per game. In the 4-3, he could be a nice two-down player that helps off the bench. Basically, he's never going to be an impact player. But because of his size, he's worth a shot. Conditioning also might be a concern, which explains his inconsistency.
ATL Forecast: Dixon would add some much appreciated size to the rotation, but unless he gives more consistent effort, it's doubtful he's going to stick here in Atlanta. HIs size alone may give him a shot of making the roster as a rookie, but that's not going to last very long and eventually he'll have to be more consistent. I don't really see that happening here.
Value: His size alone might get him drafted, but his inconsistency means I'd wait to sign him as a free agent.
Scouting Reports of defensive tackles in the 2009 NFL Draft
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