A Prospect A Day: Running Backs, Kenneth Dixon Scouting Report

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

6’0 216 lbs.

Dixon

OVERVIEW

Dixon is a stout, savvy and well-built runner that got better with every year of experience at Tech. He really emerged in 2015 when Driskel came over to start from Florida since prior to that, Dixon was the only offensive weapon for Tech.

Dixon, as a runner, prefers to get up-field quickly and take the first lane he finds. Once in the secondary, he becomes a little more creative and uses the field laterally. He has a brilliant spin move and a solid stiff arm to go with a wiggly juke.

Where Dixon really shines though is in the receiving game. He’s the best pure receiving back among the top prospects. He runs a full route tree with crisp precision and makes, at times, ridiculous catches. He’s a natural catcher and has exceptional sideline awareness.

He also has a great feel for setting up blocks and bouncing off tackles in the open field. He set the FBS record for most touchdowns in a career by a running back with 87.

RUSHING

Speed: 2 out of 5

Dixon is a rumbler, he makes his money with speed in the open field and does not possess great burst. His top-end speed is mostly average though and it could limit runs at the next level.

Power: 3 out of 5

He lowers his shoulder with the best of them and runs with great pad level, but he doesn’t seek out contact.

Field Vision: 12 out of 15

His vision is strong once he reaches the open field but struggles at the line of scrimmage. This is also why he’s incredibly effective as a pass catcher.

Balance: 7 out of 10

Dixon is able to keep his feet through contact but has no plays that really stand out and make you notice on tape.

Break Tackle: 6 out of 10

While he sometimes bounces off tacklers and runs through contact, he’s easily taken down in the open field with good form one-on-one.

Moves: 5 out of 5

He has an impressive spin move to go with a devastating stiff arm. He works in the hurdle and constantly uses a short juke to get in between defenders.

Run blocking: 3 out of 5

He has a natural feel for run blocking and has the body for it, but Driskel didn’t take off much for the Tech offense.

RECEIVING

Route running: 5 out of 5

Dixon runs a full route tree with elite-receiver-prospect precision.

Hands: 10 out of 10

With 33 catches in his senior year, including some absurd one-handed grabs and not a drop on tape, he looks as sure-handed as they come.

Run after catch: 5 out of 5

His 14.1 average per catch is absolutely absurd and his seven receiving touchdowns on just 33 catches mean that he scored 21% of the time he caught the ball. Almost one in every four catches was a score. Ridiculous.

Blocking: 4 out of 5

He plays like a natural and could probably be a tight end with his abilities as a run blocker. He stays away from perfect just by a lack of plays to review.

PASS PROTECTION

Technique: 5 out of 5

Dixon is highly aggressive and stout at the point of attack. He loves hitting pass rushers and keeping them down and often takes an extra pop on them at the end of the play.

Effectiveness: 5 out of 5

He gave up no sacks on tape and only once was a rusher close, he never missed a block either.

Potential: 10 out of 10

His size, skill set and aggression suggest he will be able to handle the better rushers in the NFL.

Total Prospect Rating: 82/100

NFL Comparison: Fred Jackson, RB, Seahawks

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Makes his money in the NFL as a versatile receiving threat. Both are incredible in the open field, and effective enough between the tackles to work as starters when called upon. Dixon might be even better than Jackson when all is said and done.

Senior Bowl: On Defensive Stats

I noticed that it was somewhat difficult to find defensive stats for the senior bowl so I went through looking for sacks in the play-by-play. This is what I found:

TOP PERFORMER: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

Oakman

2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

 

Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

Butler

1 sack, 1 forced fumble

 

Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky

Spence

1 sack

 

Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame

Day

1 sack

 

Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State

Hargrave

1 sack

Also, on recommendation, I went a little deeper into the game and scoured what film I could gather to find some more defensive information:

  • There were no interceptions in the game. No turnovers at all. Each of the forced fumbles were recovered by the offense.
  • Jalen Mills, LSU FS, was playing corner in the game and had two PBU’s one of Ohio State receiver Braxton Miller on a slant and another against a low backshoulder throw. Showed great instincts and closing speed on both.
  • I also saw Alabama corner Cyrus Jones get way too physical and get penalized in the endzone for a pass interference. He never even turned his head. He’ll get burned for that at the next level.
  • Jake Ganus, Georgia Linebacker, got beat by Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett for a 29 yard pass from North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz. Ganus was in zone and also came up with the tackle.
  • Northern Iowa’s Deiondre’ Hall, playing corner, gave too much cushion on a 12 yard comeback from Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott to South East Missouri State receiver Paul McRoberts. Hall made the tackle.
  • Prescott found McRoberts again in the endzone for a 5 yard touchdown, Hall had primary coverage and Utah inside linebacker Jared Norris attempted to jump the route but just missed.
  • In the second half, USC QB Cody Kessler found North Western State of Louisiana receiver Ed Eagan for 23 yards. Okahoma outside linebacker Eric Striker had the underneath coverage and South Eastern Louisiana corner Harlan Miller had the bracket over the top. Miller forced Eagan out of bounds.
  • Hargrave and Alabama DL Jarran Reed got blown off the spot for the Kessler qb sneak touchdown.
  • Arkansas QB Brandon Allen found Kansas State H-back Glenn Gronkowski alone for a 32 yard gain. Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert had the underneath zone, West Virginia’s K.J. Dillon was one of the deep safeties and missed the tackle. Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell was the other deep man and made the tackle.
  • Alabama running back Kenyan Drake beat Utah defensive end Jason Fanaika to the edge on a pitch for a one yard touchdown
  • On the hail mary, Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel found Michigan State receiver Aaron Burbidge for a 26 yard touchdown in front of several defenders at the end of the play. The closest defenders to making the play were Auburn corner Jonathan Jones and William and Mary safety Deandre Houston-Carson.