Height: 6’3″

Weight: 305 LBS

College: Iowa

Positives:

  • Shows quickness to penetrate.
  • Long arms to keep blockers at bay.
  • Strong hands.
  • Played varsity basketball all four years of high school which shows him to be a good overall athlete.
  • Shows a good rip move.
  • Keeps his feet moving.
  • Has a decent head fake.
  • Knows how to get skinny and shoot gaps.
  • Good tackler.
  • Generally does a good job at finding the ball.
  • Plays hard.
  • Shows a decent hands swipe.

Negatives:

  • Raw.
  • Played only two years at Iowa and only one as a starter in a shortened season.
  • Not stout enough to play the 1-tech(NT).
  • Not a pocket pusher.
  • Double teams can neutralize him.
  • Has trouble disengaging from offensive linemen.
  • Needs to develop counter moves. Offensive linemen can use his aggressiveness against him and get him turned.
  • Not a big hitter.
  • Hand swipe could be quicker.
  • Could stand to add some bulk to his lower body.

Final Thoughts:

Nixon is a bit raw having only been a one year starter at Iowa. He may not start as a rookie with his lack of experience. He would be probably the 2nd most talented DL on the roster after Clark though. Nixon could really open things up for Clark and the linebackers in the second level. He is a penetrator. He is not going to go out there and destroy double teams – that is just not his game. If he added some strength/bulk to his lower body, it would help him in holding his ground a little better. Additionally, he would make it difficult for teams to double Kenny Clark, thus allowing the Packers to bring more consistent pressure up the middle, as well as the outside. The Packers also have an affinity for Iowa players. The front office seems to like how they are coached and taught by Ferentz and his staff. He has pro bowl potential.
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