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2016 NFL Draft Profile: Kenneth Dixon

2016 NFL Draft Profile: Kenneth Dixon
Some see similarities between Kenneth Dixon and LeSean McCoy

Some see similarities between Kenneth Dixon and LeSean McCoy

On paper, former Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon doesn’t seem to possess the prototypical size of today’s NFL tailback. On film, however, it’s clear to see that he runs like someone much bigger than he actually is. Because of his slightly undersized stature, Dixon has flown under the radar a bit as the NFL Draft quickly approaches. Despite not getting the attention of some of this year’s top running back prospects, he has quietly put together a highly decorated collegiate career.

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At Louisiana Tech, Dixon rushed for 4,480 yards and 72 touchdowns. He was also a big contributor in the passing game, catching 88 passes for 972 yards and 15 scores. That gives Dixon a grand total of 5,452 yards and 87 touchdowns on a team that typically lacked talent around him. He was a three-time All-Conference star and briefly held the all-time touchdowns scored record before it was broken by Navy’s Keenan Reynolds. On top of that, Dixon was also solid in pass protection and blocking — a trait that is less and less common with today’s NFL running backs.

As a projected second or third round selection, the list of positive traits on Dixon’s resume is quite impressive — especially considering his less-than-ideal size. Standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 213 pounds, Dixon is still able to break tackles like a much bigger man. He runs with a low pad level and a purpose, delivering big blows to those who stand in his way. He may not have the power back size, but he does have the mentality. Additionally, Dixon has a great second gear when he hits the open field — both in the running and passing game. His ability to make defenders miss shows his true acceleration and athleticism.

Dixon’s astute elusiveness is so effective, it may be his best trait. Evading big hits allows for yards after contact if the back combines lateral agility with balance. According to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, Dixon averaged 3.3 yards after first contact, which almost doubled the amount of yards he gained before first contact (1.7). His unique game is even said to resemble that of a young LeSean McCoy.

At just 22-years-old, Dixon has considerable NFL talent and ceiling. Teams like the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers would all be excellent scheme fits with the zone run. This type of system would allow Dixon time to improve on his patience, while still allowing him to insert himself as one of the leagues top young running backs in his rookie season, both in the NFL and the fantasy world.

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Nate Williams is a correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from Nate, check out his archive and follow him on Twitter @FFCatalyst.

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