2015 NFL DRAFT

Ahmad Dixon, SS

School: Baylor  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Waco, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 212 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
20676

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.562.601.6414 329'3"4.507.55
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.482.601.59- -09'03"4.397.28

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Solidly built with adequate length and muscle definition...good straight-line athlete and fast downhill with strong hands to finish...takes sharp angles to find the quickest route from A-to-B with an accurate first step, helping with his overall range...physical striker and throws his body around in run support - fierce, violent tackler...nice job working off contact and shedding blocks to make open-field stops...confident, fearless player and not afraid to jump routes to go after the ball - carries himself with a swagger...versatile and productive experience (38 career starts), lining up at LB, NB, SS - leaves school with 288 career tackles and multiple All-Big 12 honors.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to consistently wrap on tackle attempts and not just hit his target...plays wild and needs to stay under control and balanced to make consistent stops...stiff midsection and hips, inhibiting him from quickly changing directions...struggles in man coverage to find the ball and keep his feet moving to stick with targets downfield...awareness is still a work-in-progress, too often he is a step late to the play against the pass - too many incorrect reads with questionable diagnose skills...suspect ballskills and doesn't make enough plays on the ball...undisciplined striker and will get flagged for targeting and head-hunting, going for the knockout blow...needs to keep his wits and stay under control, both physically and emotionally...character needs investigated after Sept. 2013 assault charges after repeatedly punching a fan in the face that he accused of breaking into his apartment (charges later dropped).

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A four-star DB recruit, Dixon was born and raised in Waco and originally committed to Texas, but changed his mind and committed to hometown Baylor.

Then he decided to switch commitments and enroll at Tennessee, but when the coaching staff in Knoxville changed, he returned back to his Baylor commitment. After playing sparingly in 2010 as a true freshman, Dixon became the starter at Baylor's nickel "Bear" position (hybrid LB/S), collecting 191 total tackles as a sophomore and junior. He moved to a more traditional SS role as a senior and while his tackle stats were down, he set a career-high with 8 passes defended, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors.

Dixon is an extremely active run defender and loves to get his hands dirty, but needs to clean up his tackling technique and button up his reliability as a striker to eliminate the illegal hits - has the on-field temperament you want. He is still a work-in-progress in coverage and will be asked to do several things in the NFL that he never did in college - will need time to adjust to the pro game. Dixon is an adequate size/speed athlete with a passionate competitive drive, but lacks the discipline to be an every-down starter - mid-to-late round pick with the makings of a core special teams guy and back-up SS.

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05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 7/248 -- Ahmad Dixon, SS, 6-0, 212, Baylor...The Cowboys see him as a hard-hitting box safety. He is a guy they hope to develop for the future. But he should have an immediate impact on specials. Could get into the mix at safety because of the youth and inexperience on the roster. - The Sports Xchange
 

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