- Notre Dame projected top-15 DT Louis Nix headed to NFL...Notre Dame junior nose tackle Louis Nix has hired an agent, thus foregoing his remaining college eligibility to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. He signed with 5 Star Athlete Management, according to Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal. According to NFLDraftScout.com, the 6-2, 345-pound prospect is the top-rated defensive tackle for the 2014 NFL Draft and is projected to be a top-15 pick. He played in eight games in 2013, but his season officially ended after November surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. In my most recent mock draft, Nix is projected to the New York Giants with the No. 14 overall pick.
Nix is an attractive NFL prospect due to his nimble athleticism for his size and girth. He has an excellent blend of quickness and power and spends a lot of time in the opposing offense's backfield. Nix has the hand strength and initial get-off momentum to bully blockers on their heels, showing leverage and active limbs. He keeps his eyes on the ball and shows the awareness to anticipate and track plays. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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Despite almost leaving the program (several times), Nix shot down rumors that he would be transferring from South Bend and appears rededicated to Notre Dame. The Florida-native comes from a tough background and is a long way from home, but the 325-pounder has a bright football future if he stays dedicated to the game.
Nix was highly recruited out of high school and chose Notre Dame over several in-state programs, including Florida, Florida State and Miami (FL).
After redshirting in 2010, he started 11 games last season as a first-year player at the nose guard position, anchoring the middle of the Irish's three-man front. Nix finished with 45 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and a half sack.
Although just a redshirt sophomore, Nix is built like a full-grown man with a large frame and strong muscle definition throughout his body. He has nimble feet with the lateral quickness to explode in any direction and chase down the action in pursuit.
He plays hard with a feisty motor and the emergence of back-up Kona Schwenke should allow Nix to stay fresh late in games. Nix has struggled with the pressure and expectations of playing for a high-profile program away from home, but he flashes a rare skill-set for a player his size and strength.