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Xavier Nixon, OT

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 321 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
166165

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Natural in space with very good flexibility and bend. Stays balanced in pass protection with rare athleticism and fluidity for the position. Effortless kickslide with the feet to easily mirror defenders. Extends his hands to jolt rushers while staying coordinated through contact.

Improved awareness to pick up blitzers and defensive disguises. Doing a much improved job of not overextending and staying squared to his target. Has worked on improving his anchor and keeping his butt low to the ground to boost his base strength. Smooth mover and fluid puller with clean hip movements, blocking well on the move. Has a lot of starting experience in the SEC at a premium position.

WEAKNESSES: Plays too light and lacks the natural base strength, allowing himself to be bullied backwards. Needs to do a better job pre-snap of recognizing what the defense is planning to do. Too many mental errors over his career and will have moments that leave the coaches scratching their heads. Needs to remain patient in his stand and gets himself in trouble when he lunges.

Plays too passive at times and needs to continue and fight through the whistle. Missed some time in 2012 with a knee and "upper body" injury. Too many penalties on his resume, mostly false starts.

Compares To: Demetress Bell, OT, Philadelphia Eagles - Although they both need some technique work, Nixon and Bell both have the athleticism and mobility to protect the edge at the next level. Consistency can be an issue, but hard to argue with the raw skills.

Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Nixon has flashed NFL potential throughout his collegiate career, but goes to the next level with some question marks, which puts his NFL Draft projection in limbo. He looked like a future star as a true freshman, emerging as the team's starting left tackle over the final five games of the year, including against Alabama in the 2009 SEC Championship game and Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl. He's battled nagging injuries and inconsistency since then, sliding in and out of the starting lineup (at both left and right tackle) over the past three seasons. Nixon finishes his Florida career with 33 starts over 46 career games.

Nixon has first round feet, but late round consistency and his actual draft stock is likely somewhere right in the middle. He is blessed with a naturally large frame (including long arms and a tapered build) but is inconsistent in his get-off at the snap and has a tendency to bend at the waist, resulting in his often losing out in the leverage battle against lesser-talented opponents. He may prove faster in a straight-line during workouts leading up to the draft than he is quick, as too often Nixon struggled to move laterally or re-direct when blocking on the move.

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01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, TUESDAY: The South team has been mixing and matching their offensive linemen through the first two practices with players like Lane Johnson and Oday Aboushi seeing reps on both the left and right sides. Florida tackle Xavier Nixon has also moved around the offensive line this week, seeing extensive time at left tackle, where he lined up mostly in Gainesville, but also taking reps inside at left guard on Tuesday. He flashed the hand strength to deliver a jolt off the snap and hold his ground, but his best attribute is his feet and athleticism, which makes him a better fit on the outside. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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