Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor (Height: 6'0”; Weight: 212 lbs)
Seventh Round: 248th Pick
NFL Comparison: Johnathan Cyprien, Safety, Jacksonville Jaguars
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- Built compactly, boasting a muscular frame and standing almost 6 feet tall.
- Very good athlete who can play in space and also make plays at the line of scrimmage.
- Physical presence that enjoys making receivers pay for entering his zone.
- His best coverage was in Cover 4, where he defended the seam by using his presence and physical nature to body tight ends.
- Comfortable covering the slot or tight end in man coverage and seems to want the challenge. He could be seen motioning toward the cornerback that he will cover Texas Tech star tight end Jace Amaro on a few occasions, presumably marking his man.
- Lateral agility is above average for the position and can continue to become more efficient as technique becomes refined.
- He accelerates to top speed quickly, and his top speed is what NFL teams expect out of rangy safeties.
- Closing burst is adequate when he’s trying to jump the route or close on the receiver.
- Has above-average physical tools, considering all of the aforementioned traits, and ceiling is relatively high with technique development.
- Loves to play the run, often crashing down from deep safety to reach the ball-carrier.
- Low pad level and balance were more consistent as a senior in 2013.
- Versatile player, starting 26 games at LB/DB and 12 at safety while in Waco, Texas.
- After playing two seasons as a hybrid linebacker and defensive back, he still has the mindset of a linebacker. Until he locates the ball in coverage, his impact as a deep safety is limited.
- His eyes fall asleep in coverage, letting the receiver slip behind him for a potential big play. Experience as a full-time safety should help his instincts develop.
- Play recognition is inconsistent, as he will misdiagnose read-option directions and play actions. He bites hard, leaving his assigned gap or zone open to attack.
- Despite man-coverage potential, he’s still raw. His base is wide, and he cannot recover from that stance. This is fixable but could limit him from seeing the field early.
- He shows heavy feet, which causes him to waste steps in coverage and limits burst.
- He arm tackles too often. This recklessness at the line of scrimmage can lead to big gains.
- Has to become more disciplined when attacking the receiver, as he hits high often, which could draw costly penalties in the NFL.
- 2013 First Team All-American
- 2013 All-Big 12, unanimous first team
- 2014 Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine participant
- 2012 All-Big 12 honorable mention
- 2011 All-Big 12 honorable mention
- Graduating with a degree in general studies.
- Former 4-star prospect, named a Rivals' top-150 player.
Ahmad Dixon has the physical traits and abilities that few others in this class have, but he will need time to develop the skills that he wasn’t asked to use at Baylor to reach his potential. By Year 2 or 3, he could be an impact player, but that is no certainty.
Draft Projection: Third Round