Draft Profile: IDL Daviyon Nixon, Iowa

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Pos. IDL
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 313
Class. 4JR
College. Iowa
DOB. 12/13/98

2017: (at Iowa Western) 12 games. 44 tackles, 9 TFL, 5 sacks
2018: Redshirted
2019: 13 games. 29 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 pass break up
2020: 8 games. 45 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 1 int returned 71 yards for TD, 1 FF
Misc Stats.

Accolades. 2020 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, 2020 First Team All–Big Ten, 2020 Unanimous All-American

Injury History.

History. Three-star JUCO recruit from Kenosha, WI. He played one season at Iowa Western before transferring to Iowa and sitting out 2018.

Strengths: Good size. Long arms (35 1/8″). Good get off, to shoot gaps. Quick and active feet. Loose hips allow him to change directions well. Good chase down speed for a man his size. Active hands and uses them to set up blockers. Disruptive player that can throw assignments into disarray.

Weaknesses: Needs to get stronger, and not give up so much ground. Always looking to move up field, leaving wide open gaps. Thin lower half, that needs to get thicker. Still raw, and looses track of the ball too often.

Overview: Three-technique defensive tackle that would need to be in an aggressive up the field attack, to be successful. Right now, he can contribute, specifically on passing downs. Needs to get stronger in the run game to be counted on full time. He’s got upside, he’ll go in day two.

Evaluation based on. Michigan 20′, Nebraska 20′, Penn St. 20′

Draft Projection: Mid Day Two

Draft Grade: 5.62

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