DAVIYON NIXON: SCOUTING REPORT. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.

DAVIYON NIXON: SCOUTING REPORT. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.
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TREVOR LAWRENCEJUSTIN FIELDSTREY LANCE
MICAH PARSONSGREGORY ROUSSEAUANDRE CISCO

BACKGROUND

  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 305 Lbs
  • College: Iowa
  • Year: Redshirt Junior
  • Position: Defensive Tackle

Daviyon Nixon is one of the top defensive tackles in the 2021 NFL Draft. He is a big, powerful, instinctive player who has increased his draft stock intensely through the 2020 college season. 

After a stellar season in 2020, Nixon is being talked about at the top of this defensive tackle class. 

Nixon was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he was actively recruited by Iowa and Purdue coming out of Indian Trail High School. He was a multi-sport player participating in basketball as well as football. 

After choosing to play his college ball at Iowa, Nixon failed to qualify due to failing academically. Instead he attended Iowa Western Community College for a season before finally being given licence to attend Iowa a year later. 

In 2019 Nixon did participate in all 13 games, but started just the 1. He did, however, get recognition after producing 29 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and 3 sacks. 

2020 was Nixon’s year though. The Iowa defensive playmaker had a breakout year becoming an unanimous first team All-American as well as winning the Big Ten Defensive Player of the year. He was also a finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Award. 

He also put up great numbers in 2020, where he recorded 45 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a spectacular 71 yard interception which he took to the house.

Daviyon Nixon is an explosive and quick disruptor who has fantastic instincts and football intelligence. 

He has a high ceiling as an NFL player and his career is just taking off. 

Take a look at the video below which shows Nixon’s natural abilities. 

STRENGTHS

  • Explosive
  • Athleticism
  • Pass & Run Defending

What stands out on Nixon’s tape is his legitimate speed and explosiveness. He is quick off his stance and has the strength to pressure the pocket. 

Nixon also has snappy and punchy hands. It’s one of the reasons his production is transferable to the NFL. He is able to extend and deflect blocks as well as having the skill moves to chop and swim over the opposition. 

He has the ability to overwhelm interior lineman whether he lines up in a 3-technique or as a nose tackle. If a gap appears, Nixon is as good as a sure thing to find it and his agility, balance and speed is able to break it. His athleticism is outrageous for a man of his size. 

The most exciting trait Nixon has is his athleticism.  Nixon is probably the most athletic defensive tackle in this class and it is one of the reasons he will be so converted come April.

Players who are over 300 Lbs just can’t and shouldn’t be able to do what Nixon does. It gives him the ability to affect both passing and rushing downs and he will transition into a true three down player in the NFL. 

Nixon is also a supremely instinctive playmaker. He is able to read blocks superbly and he processes information quickly. His football intelligence led to an unbelievable pick-6 against Penn State which just sums up the intuition and inclination Nixon has on the game. Nixon’s ability to grasp a game and influence it from the inside is rare.

When you pair his raw speed with his bounce, Nixon has the potential to be more than effective at the next level. The scary thing is, he is only getting started.

WEAKNESSES

  • Raw Prospect
  • Needs Time to Develop
  • Instant Production

There is no doubt that Nixon is a raw prospect. He is inexperienced which means he isn’t the refined prospect to be taken at the very top of the 2021 NFL Draft.

It is difficult to pick particular holes in his game, he just needs to improve on the skills he has and add more finesse and polish to his game. 

His eagerness to affect the play can be his downfall at times. He is intelligent enough to know what the offensive is doing and can drop back to attempt to bat the ball down, when he would be better trying to penetrate through the interior and creating more pass rush. It pays off when you get an interception but this isn’t going to happen every play. 

Nixon is going to need time to develop. He is unlikely to bring you instant production and should be viewed as more of a project/long term option for the team that picks him. 

Nixon needs to become more consistent, especially in his blocking and keeping his hands snappy. He has some of the best hands in this defensive tackle class and developing what he can already do in this department will only make him a more accomplished player.

SUMMARY

Nixon is a great, well-rounded prospect who had an exceptional year in 2020. He will be a three down contributor at the next level but shouldn’t be expected to provide elite production straight away.

For an NFL team, Nixon should be viewed as a long term investment and, although, he will be able to take to the field on day 1, his role should be limited as he develops and refines his abilities. 

Nixon will provide a great motor in the NFL where he can utilise his eruptive speed and rampant burst to get after the passer, as well as defend the run. He will be a player who can do it all, he will just need some time.

Nixon plays the game controlled, but violent, and is an exciting prospect that should be expected to go on day 2 in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Draft projection: 2nd ROUND

How good of a prospect is Daviyon Nixon? Let us know over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @Owain_Jones_ 

FEATURE IMAGE CREDIT: GLOBEGAZETTE.COM

VIDEO CREDIT: PADAWAN NCAAF/ FOX SPORTS YOUTUBE CHANNELS

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