New York Jets Select- Brandon Dixon CB Northwestern Missouri State

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With the 195th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have selected Northwestern Missouri State cornerback Brandon Dixon.  

Measurables/Combine Numbers:

  • Height- 5’11″
  • Weight- 203 lbs
  • Arms- 32 1/2 in
  • Hands- 9 in
  • 40- 4.41
  • Bench- 17 reps
  • Vertical- 32.5″
  • Broad Jump- 117″

Pros:  

Has a combination that Rex Ryan looks for in a fluid build and nice length/size for a corner.  Definitely above average fluidity in turning, flipping and sinking hips in his backpedal, and mirroring receivers off the line.  Has impressive long speed that allows him to run with anybody deep. He is gritty in run support and willing to throw his body around. Goes through blocks, not just around them.  Short-area quickness and acceleration are on point.

Cons: 

Often caught out of position because he doesn’t read routes well.  Reacts to routes instead of  anticipating them.  This is a major limitation and very difficult to teach.  Loses concentration and technique when facing more complicated routes and looks to be limited in the amount of coverage assignments he can mentally handle.  Has smaller hands then desired, and thus, has very subpar ball skills.  Leaping ability isn’t as good as one would hope with his natural size and length.  Bit of an inconsistent tackler.

Conclusion:  

I don’t know a whole lot about Dixon, but there seems to be a fine line on what most like and don’t like with him.  His measurables are nice and he looks refined technique-wise, but it becomes apparent how he’s definitely limited as a press corner the more reps you watch of him.  Most Jets fans including myself wanted a corner for depth with this pick and we got one, though I would have preferred Victor Hampton or even Marcus Roberson.  I can’t say I really love what I’ve seen and read about Dixon, but he does seem like a hard worker and his speed will make him an instant impact special teams gunner.

Pro Comparison: Philip Adams.

One thought on “New York Jets Select- Brandon Dixon CB Northwestern Missouri State

  1. I think the only way to hone someones instincts and what one can mentally handle is to bring him back to one thing and that is the basic fundamentals! I think he’s promising. In Rex i trust ;)

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