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.
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.
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