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2017 NFL DRAFT

Louis Nix, DT

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 331 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2421
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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/83 - Louis Nix III, NT, 6-2, 330, Notre Dame...General manager Rick Smith gave fourth- and fifth-round picks to Philadelphia to move back into the third round to get Nix, who should fill a big hole in the middle of the defensive line. Nix has to keep his weight under control if he wants to be more than a run-down player. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - General manager Rick Smith usually trades down for extra picks. He prefers not to give up picks to trade up, but that's what he did in the third round when nose tackle Louis Nix III was available. The Texans entered the draft with a desperate need at nose tackle. Nix was viewed as a first- or second-round talent. When it was Philadelphia's turn to choose in the third round, 83rd overall, Smith engineered a trade.

To get the Eagles' third-round pick, Smith gave up the first pick in the fourth round, as well as a fifth-rounder, to get Nix. "The big nose tackle is a really good scheme fit in the defense we're going to play," Smith said. "We had him rated high." The coaches believe Nix is good enough to start and to stay on the field in passing situations and play between J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, the first overall pick in the draft. "I've never in my life thought that would happen, but having the chance to play next to Clowney and Watt and everybody else on the defense, I'm just super excited and happy," Nix said. "I just want to be a part of it. And I am." - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 24/2. *Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame, 6-2, 331, 5.32, 1...Brick-strong body with nimble feet, Nix came off a solid 2012 season overweight entering 2013, then was sidelined in November when he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus, which should be monitored. He played well enough to boost previous (2012) fourth-round draft projections up to first round. Plays with a high-rev motor that he needs to control to last four quarters, but is a highly coachable player and great teammate. After he grew up with a football size team family as the oldest of 11 siblings. Frankly: He won't win sprints, finish marathons or get an invite to Dancing With the Stars, but pass on him in the draft and he will maul your offensive linemen two at a time for years. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: New England Patriots...DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame: While the restructuring of Vince Wilfork's contract gives him at least one more year in the middle of the New England defense, adding a young talent to anchor down the defensive line moving forward is one of the many areas the Patriots could address in the first round especially if top prospects at safety and tight end aren't on the board at 29. Nix is a 6-foot-2, 331-pound Wilfork-like talent who can occupy double teams but also surprise with his athleticism. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 14. Louis Nix DT, Notre Dame (6-2, 331, 5.42, rJR)...An athletic nose tackle, Nix has monster ability, consistently making plays behind, up and down the line of scrimmage. A knee injury contributed to a streaky 2013 season, but he is very active for his size and a double-team magnet - impact doesn't always show in the box score. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/17/2014 - Five players who should be on the San Diego Chargers' draft radar: NG Louis Nix, Notre Dame (25, 3): While the secondary may be San Diego's greatest area of concern, the minimal depth at nose guard could make Nix a target in the first round, especially given the familiarity he may feel with former teammate Manti Te'o acclimating well out west. The loss of former starter Can Thomas to the Pittsburgh Steelers makes this literally the biggest hole in San Diego's roster, unless the team is confident in the development of Kwame Geathers, who recorded four tackles (one solo) after making the team as an undrafted free agent. At 6-foot-2, 331 pounds, Nix is remarkably light on his feet and offers some pass rush ability, which the 6-foot-6, 335-pound Geathers does not. Nix uses his natural leverage advantage, broad shoulders and leg drive to tie up blockers on the inside and free up teammates to make big plays. It isn't difficult to imagine him as the centerpiece of what could be the stoutest defensive line in the AFC West. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange

04/03/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Notre Dame's Nix, Martin take care of business...With all 32 NFL teams represented, including head coaches Gus Bradley (Jaguars) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers), NT Louis Nix, OL Zach Martin and 14 other former Irish players participated on Thursday at Notre Dame's pro day in South Bend. Working out shirtless to show off his decreased body weight, Nix, who said he was "down" to 331 pounds, performed positional drills for scouts, even lining up nose-to-nose with Tomlin on some drills. He showed why some around the league feel he belongs in the top-15 discussion of the first round, appearing quick, controlled and strong with whatever the coaches asked him to do. Nix's charismatic personality also stood out as it usually does. "I hope they liked my thighs and my footwork and my hips," Nix said when asked what he wanted to show scouts. "Because I've been working on them and trying to get them flexible and be able to move around." Nix measured in at 6-2 and 331 (same as his NFL Combine numbers) and ran a 5.36 40-yard dash in South Bend, besting his 5.42 and 5.43 results from Indianapolis. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 18. *Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame, 6-2, 345, 5.17, 1...Brick-strong body with nimble feet, Nix came off a solid 2012 season overweight entering 2013 and missed two games with knee tendinitis that should be monitored. He eventually played well enough to boost previous (2012) fourth-round draft projections up to first round. Plays with a high-rev motor that he needs to control to last four quarters, but is a highly coachable player and great teammate. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/19/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: 10 prospects with the most to gain/lose: 6. Notre Dame DL: Louis Nix, Stephon Tuitt...Due to injury and inconsistency, Nix and Tuitt went from a terrorizing tandem destined to be high picks to a disappointing duo hoping to soon hear their names called in the first round. Tuitt is built well for the NFL with the impressive size and athletic tools, but played more like a third round draft choice on tape in 2013. He needs to test well during the on-field and agility drills to remind teams why he was so highly thought of entering the year. Nix had better in-game consistency than Tuitt and boasts a skill-set that is in high demand by 3-4 defenses, but his lingering knee issue is the elephant in the room. His medical results will likely cement Nix's top-20 status or drop him down draft boards. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/24/2013 - 2013 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DL Louis Nix III (Sr.) Notre Dame,...Has been selected to the 2013 FBS All-Independent First Team named by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Independent Player of the Week awards. - Notre Dame football

12/07/2013 - Notre Dame projected top-15 DT Louis Nix headed to NFL...Aside from the obvious injury concerns as he rehabs his knee surgery, Nix does need to improve in some areas. He needs to develop his counter moves after he's initially stonewalled at the point of attack and hasn't had many answers for the consistent double-teams he saw in South Bend. Nix is a high character kid, but he needs to control his emotions on the field and play consistently focused and level-headed for all four quarters.

Nix carries his weight so natural for a 340+ pounder, shifting his weight well with the agile footwork to quickly change directions. Add the hustle, competitive drive and love of football and Nix presents an enticing prospect for NFL evaluators and he will receive attention by teams drafting in the top-10. The knee injury does create some concern, but few prospects have his combination of fluid athleticism, natural power and sheer size. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/07/2013 - 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

11/21/2013 - Knee surgery ends season for Irish DL Nix...Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III underwent season-ending knee surgery for a torn meniscus on Thursday, coach Brian Kelly announced. Nix will miss the Fighting Irish's final two regular-season games against BYU on Saturday and at Stanford. The knee had bothered the fourth-year junior since the BCS Championship game in January. It caused him problems again in the Oct. 19 game against USC and he missed the next two games against Air Force and Navy.

Nix returned to play against Pittsburgh on Nov. 9 and it appeared he would attempt to finish the season before opting for surgery. The Irish had a bye last week. Nix is eligible to return to Notre Dame next season, but he could be headed to the NFL. The 6-foot-2, 352-pound Nix is projected as a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. - The Sports Xchange

10/01/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 5 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES THIS WEEKEND: DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame...With Manti Te'o no longer in South Bend, Notre Dame junior nose tackle Louis Nix was expected to take over as one of the leaders and main enforcers of the Irish defense. And while he flashes terrific talent, he hasn't been able to consistently make the type of impact that many expected so far this season. Nix is light on his feet and carries his weight tremendously for a 325+ pounder with range to make plays up and down the line of scrimmage.

He is strong, but needs to consistently use his power at the point of attack to wreak havoc and dispose of blockers. Nix sees a lot of double-teams and finds himself tied up in the middle, but he didn't have much luck in 1-on-1 situations against Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard on Saturday. Nix has top-10 ability and will likely draw comparisons to Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji, but until the Irish defender can make more of a consistent impact, he'll leave evaluators wanting more. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 12. Louis Nix III*, DT, Notre Dame (6-3, 326): With broad shoulders, a thick lower half and surprisingly quick feet, Nix III is a classic run-stuffer with enough burst and determination to threaten the pocket as well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: DL Louis Nix III is expected to be one of the anchors on the 2013 line. He had 15 unassisted tackles and 30 assists on the line. Linemate Stephon Tuitt was another mainstay on the line with 42 tackles, including 22 unassisted plus a team-high 12 sacks. - The Sports Xchange

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 12. DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame (6-3, 326, 5.17)* -- Possessing broad shoulders, a thick lower half and surprisingly quick feet, Nix III is a classic run-stuffer with enough burst and determination to threaten the pocket, as well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame (6-3, 347, Sr.)...A potential top-10 prospect, Nix was one of the lone bright spots for the Irish defense in last season's BCS National Championship Game, anchoring the middle of the line. Maybe the best nose tackle prospect since B.J. Raji, Nix's lateral burst and natural power helps him dominate interior blockers. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: DE Louis Nix III, Notre Dame...Led all Notre Dame defensive linemen with 50 tackles and ranked fourth on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 2012 ... team-high five pass breakups ... total of 95 career tackles (32 unassisted) in his second full season in the trenches. - Notre Dame football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame...Nix III anchored Notre Dame's dominant defensive front in '12. He started 11 of 13 games and collected 50 tackles, the most among all defensive linemen. Nix III registered seven and a half tackles for loss, two sacks and a team-high five pass breakups. - Notre Dame football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Louis Nix III, Notre Dame, DL...Nix III anchored Notre Dame's dominant defensive front in '12. He started 11 of 13 games and collected 50 tackles, the most among all defensive linemen. Nix III registered seven and a half tackles for loss, two sacks and a team-high five pass breakups. - Notre Dame football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame...Nix III anchored Notre Dame's dominant defensive front in '12. He started 11 of 13 games and collected 50 tackles, the most among all defensive linemen. Nix III registered seven and a half tackles for loss, two sacks and a team-high five pass breakups. - Notre Dame football

07/17/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame...Nix III anchored Notre Dame's dominant defensive front in '12 and was consequently named a CBSSports.com Third Team All-American. He started 11 of 13 games and collected 50 tackles, the most among all defensive linemen. Nix III registered seven and a half tackles for loss, two sacks and a team-high five pass breakups. His ability to draw and beat constant double teams has been one of the main reasons the Irish defense was so stout in '12.

Notre Dame led the nation in two different categories and ranked among the best in a number of other defense categories, including total rushing touchdowns allowed (four, 1st), red-zone rushing touchdowns allowed (four, t-1st), scoring defense (12.77, 2nd), points allowed per red-zone trip (3.4, 2nd), red-zone touchdowns allowed percentage (34.21%, 3rd), total red-zone touchdowns allowed (13, t-3rd), red-zone points allowed (130, 4th), total defense (305.46, 7th), red-zone defense (68.4%, t-7th), first downs/allowed (17.00, t-8th) and overall rushing defense (105.69, 11th). - Notre Dame football

07/17/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Louis Nix III, Notre Dame, DT...Nix III anchored Notre Dame's dominant defensive front in '12 and was consequently named a CBSSports.com Third Team All-American. He started 11 of 13 games and collected 50 tackles, the most among all defensive linemen. Nix III registered seven and a half tackles for loss, two sacks and a team-high five pass breakups. His ability to draw and beat constant double teams has been one of the main reasons the Irish defense was so stout in '12.

Notre Dame led the nation in two different categories and ranked among the best in a number of other defense categories, including total rushing touchdowns allowed (four, 1st), red-zone rushing touchdowns allowed (four, t-1st), scoring defense (12.77, 2nd), points allowed per red-zone trip (3.4, 2nd), red-zone touchdowns allowed percentage (34.21%, 3rd), total red-zone touchdowns allowed (13, t-3rd), red-zone points allowed (130, 4th), total defense (305.46, 7th), red-zone defense (68.4%, t-7th), first downs/allowed (17.00, t-8th) and overall rushing defense (105.69, 11th). - Notre Dame football

 
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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/83 - Louis Nix III, NT, 6-2, 330, Notre Dame...General manager Rick Smith gave fourth- and fifth-round picks to Philadelphia to move back into the third round to get Nix, who should fill a big hole in the middle of the defensive line. Nix has to keep his weight under control if he wants to be more than a run-down player. - The Sports Xchange
 

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