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Round 5(a) - Carolina Panthers select Daviyon Nixon - DT- Iowa


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Overview
Three-technique who thrives with his ability to penetrate and disrupt the offensive proceedings. He’s good at getting skinny and darting into gaps in order to attack the run or cause blocking schemes to come off track. He appears to have much more functional strength in his lower body than upper body and has trouble controlling blockers at the point of attack with hand work and shed quickness. His agility and pursuit quickness will help him make plays that other interior defenders can’t get to, but offenses will likely have success running right at him. He has Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) talent and could become an eventual starter.
Strengths
  • Has experience at three-technique and slant nose.
  • Maintains knee bend and pad level off the snap.
  • Slippery with efficient slide-and-go shots into the gap.
  • Knives in and shoots upfield to disrupt blocking scheme.
  • Above-average lateral movement for reactive tackles in his gap.
  • Speedy big man who's able to range way outside home base.
  • Possesses pursuit agility and change of direction to make plays.
  • Lower-body flexibility for surprising anchor when hips are unlocked.
  • Good job of setting up rush moves.
  • Shows ability to get to his rush edge with finesse or power.
  • Keeps tight track to quarterback when attacking pocket.
  • Quick to sniff out screen passes.
Weaknesses
  • Lacks desired mass and width for interior defender.
  • Not built for read-and-react football.
  • Not enough upper-body power to press, separate and control blockers.
  • Labors to neutralize base blocks and rarely gets quick block shed.
  • Drops head into contact and loses sight of play development.
  • Edge-to-edge movements can be a little gradual as rusher.
  • Below-average rush counters when locked up.
  • Did not stack sacks on a consistent basis.
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