Louis Nix NFL Draft 2014: Grading Texans' 3rd-Round Pick

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Louis Nix, the former Notre Dame defensive lineman, was drafted 83rd overall by the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL draft. Nix's production was too much for the Texans to pass up. 

Nix was an absolute force of nature along the defensive line for the Irish in 2012, wreaking havoc and getting strong, constant penetration into opposing backfields. He was an adept pass-rusher and solid at shutting down opposing run games, and while he struggled with consistency in 2013, he was still capable of dominant performances. 

The former Irish star has a unique combination of size, strength and agility. He has a nose for the ball and is capable of locking down opposing runners and passers with his ability to get into the backfield. He has the speed to blow past strong blockers and the strength to bull through quicker, more agile ones. He also must be accounted for on the interior of the line. 

But Nix does have risk attached to him. He struggled a bit with his weight last year, and as a result, he had issues with consistency and staying on the field for more than a snap or two at a time. He had some health concerns, and his knee troubles could reappear despite his predraft surgery. 

Will Nix be the force of nature many see him being in the NFL? Or will weight and health issues turn him into a disappointment? Watch as our draft experts discuss his ceiling, and what he brings to the NFL. 

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