2017 NFL Draft

Ahmad Dixon, SS

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

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Arizona's draft radar: SS Ahmad Dixon, Baylor: The Cardinals could use an enforcer in the back half of the defense and someone to compete with Tony Jefferson and others for the starting strong safety job. Dixon played the position at Baylor and is an extremely active run defender who loves to get his hands dirty and go for the knockout blow. He has the on-field temperament you want, but needs to clean up his tackling technique and button up hi reliability as a striker to avoid any illegal hits. Dixon will likely be asked to do things in the NFL that he didn't have to do in college and has the makings of a core special teams player and back-up strong safety who could push for playing time as he develops at the next level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/01/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Baylor S Ahmad Dixon is a lightning rod for controversy and a catalyst for the Bears. He was suspended for the first half of the Texas game after being ejected in the second half against TCU for targeting. Once he returned to the Texas game, the Bears went on a 17-0 surge that helped put away the Longhorns. But Dixon drew a celebration penalty that negated K.J. Morton's touchdown on an interception return. - The Sports Xchange

12/12/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM: Defensive back Ahmad Dixon, Baylor, 6-0, 205, Sr., Waco, Texas,...Dixon ranked 24th in the league in tackles per game (5.8). - Baylor football

12/12/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Ahmad Dixon, Baylor, Sr., Waco, Texas/Midway...Dixon ranked 24th in the league in tackles per game (5.8). - Baylor football

11/11/2013 - NFL DRAFT WEEK 11 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: SS Ahmad Dixon, Baylor...Baylor is known for their explosive offensive attack, but the Bears have some playmakers on defense as well, most notably Dixon who patrols the entire field. Against Oklahoma last Thursday, he showed off his range and versatility, making plays in the deep half of the field and also at the line of scrimmage. Dixon finished with a team-best 10 tackles, adding a tackle for loss and a pass break-up. He is extremely fast downhill and loves to get his hands dirty in the run game, striking through his target with strong hands to finish.

Dixon has an accurate first step with the quickness and range to play both sidelines with an alert, active mentality. He still needs some technique and recognition work when it comes to coverage, but he displays the feet and overall body coordination to hold up on an island if needed. It wasn't all positive as he did receive a 15-yard penalty for removing his helmet while still on the field of play, but it was a strong performance for Dixon, who might be the top strong safety prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/07/2013 - Baylor is not going to draw attention with its defense, especially after beating West Virginia in a 73-42 shootout. Still, that scoring total for the Mountaineers is a bit misleading since the Bears led 56-14 at halftime and their second string played the fourth quarter when West Virginia posted three touchdowns. One of those came on an interception return on a pass thrown by Baylor backup QB Seth Russell.

During its time on the field, the first-team defense constantly harassed West Virginia QB Clint Trickett, enabling him to complete just nine of 28 passes for 161 yards. Trickett was sacked twice and also threw an interception. A week earlier, the Florida State transfer was instrumental in leading West Virginia to a 30-21 upset of Oklahoma State. "We're not satisfied," S Ahmad Dixon told the Waco Tribune. "We get points put on us, it's going to hurt us. Coach did a great job of putting us in position to make plays, and we did. But our second team gave up big-time plays, and we have to take ownership."

Pride in performance is critical. The Bears could simply shrug at any defensive breakdowns, knowing their offense is explosive enough to overcome mistakes, particularly after outgaining West Virginia 864-394 in yardage. In spite of the breakneck pace, Baylor maintained possession (30:30) just a shade longer than West Virginia, a stat the Bears defense appreciates. - The Sports Xchange

09/27/2013 - Baylor defensive back Ahmad Dixon has been arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault. Waco police say Dixon attacked a 21-year-old man last week at an apartment building near the Baylor campus. Police say Dixon accused the man of breaking into his apartment several months earlier, and when the man laughingly denied the allegation, Dixon punched him several times in the face.

Police say the victim waited several days to contact police because he feared retribution. Dixon surrendered to police on Thursday. Dixon is a senior safety with 16 tackles so far this year. A Baylor spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment. No. 19 Baylor is off Saturday and hosts West Virginia next week. - AP Sports

09/27/2013 - Star Baylor safety Dixon charged with misdemeanor assault...What's been a borderline-perfect 2013 season so far for the Baylor Bears might have hit its first hiccup. KWTX TV reported Friday that star safety Ahmad Dixon was arrested Thursday on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a Sept. 16 incident. KWTX reported the arrest warrant accuses Dixon of assaulting a 21-year-old man who Dixon believed had broken into his home. The man told police he was attempting to visit a relative in the same apartment complex and mistakenly walked into Dixon's apartment, where after a brief argument Dixon allegeldy began punching him in the face.

Dixon was released Thursday afternoon after posting a $1,500 bond. The victim was not hospitalized but according to police did suffer facial injuries. A Baylor athletics official said in a statement that "we're aware of the situation and it will be handled internally, as is our practice."

Dixon is a key member of a Baylor defense that to this point of the season has dramatically improved over last season, ranking second in the FBS in scoring defense after finishing 113th in 2012. (Admittedly, the Bears' three opponents to date have been Wofford, Buffalo and ULM, all at home.) A two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 honoree who's started the past 26 games for the Bears, Dixon currently ranks third on the team in tackles. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

09/05/2013 - Senior S Ahad Dixon enjoyed his return to his old position from nickelback and was credited with eight tackles against Wofford. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2013 - Senior DB Ahmad Dixon, who has started at nickelback for the last two years, was moved to safety in the spring. Senior DB Sam Holl, who started all 13 games at safety last season, will take over the nickel spot. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2013 - AREAS OF CONCERN: Though it improved over the last half of the season, Baylor's defense still ranked second-worst in the country in total defense numbers for the year. Texas Tech compiled 567 yards in total offense (208 rushing) and Oklahoma State went for 560 (218 rushing) in the last two games of the regular season, so it's not like the Bears suddenly became a shut-down unit. The offensive line also went through a shakeup when RT Troy Baker injured his knee in spring drills. - The Sports Xchange

08/11/2013 - TOP BAYLOR PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. SS Ahmad Dixon (6-0, 205, 4.49)...Born and raised in Waco, Dixon had a roller-coaster recruitment that included commitments to Texas and Tennessee before he finally decided to stay home and attend Baylor. He has started the past two seasons at the team's nickel "Bear" position, which is a hybrid linebacker/safety role, but will move to safety for his senior year in 2013. Dixon is an excellent size/speed athlete with the fluidity and natural speed to cover the entire field, making plays behind the line of scrimmage and in the deep half of the field. He is a physical striker and enjoys throwing his body around in run support.

Dixon works hard to shed blocks to make open-field stops and is a violent tackler, but needs to consistently wrap up and not just hit his target with body shots. He is confident in coverage to jump routes and aggressively go after the ball, but his cover awareness is still a work-in-progress, too often a step late to the play against the pass. As Dixon switches positions in 2013, it wouldn't be surprising if he emerges as one of the conference's top safeties and one of the better senior prospects at his position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/17/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: S Ahmad Dixon, Baylor...Dixon is among 34 safeties up for the annual award, which honors the nation's best defensive back, and one of eight Big 12 players included. The Jim Thorpe Award was established in 1986 and is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Dixon is the first Baylor player to make the watch list since Jordan Lake accomplished the feat in both 2008 and 2009.

After starting every game for BU at the nickelback/"Bear" position, Dixon moved back to the safety position this spring. He is a two-time All-Big 12 honoree, who has played in 37 career games in three years for the Bears, while starting 26 of those. His 207 career tackles are a team-high entering his final season.

Last season, Dixon earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press, while ranking seventh in the league with 7.8 tackles-per-game. The product of Midway High School in Hewitt, Texas, also received All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore by starting all 13 games and recording 89 total tackles. Dixon was part of a Baylor defense that over the final five games of the 2012 regular season averaged 2.6 takeaways per contest. Then in a 49-26 victory over 17th-ranked UCLA in the Holiday Bowl, the BU defense allowed just 33 yards rushing on 28 attempts, while holding the Bruins' offense to 1-of-17 on third downs. - Baylor football

05/20/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor...Dixon is a two-time All-Big 12 honoree, who moved back to the safety position this spring. He has played in 37 career games in three years at BU, while starting 26 of those. His 207 career tackles are a team-high entering his final season. Last season, he started every game for the Holiday Bowl champion Bears at the nickelback/"Bear" position. He earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press, while ranking seventh in the league with 7.8 tackles-per-game. The product of Midway High School in Hewitt, Texas, also received All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore by starting all 13 games and recording 89 total tackles. - Baylor football


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