Kenneth Dixon- RB Louisiana ST

5-10 1.2, 222, (O) 4.58,  

31.3" Arms, 18 Reps.

37.5" Vert! 10'1" Broad,

6.97 3-C! 4.28 SS, 11.5 60-yard! 

The Player the Pats Need Post Free Agency: Part I.

By TOM

Dixon is an ultra quick RB who has a ton of production on a lower level of competition. But he is an all out all the time guy. "He's going to give his all every time he's out there," Vernon Butler said. "First down through third down, he's a competitor." He is a terrific blocker in pass pro, and might be the best of the bunch. He didn't do well against top comp like Oklahoma and Auburn, but his O-line was clearly overwhelmed. 

Career: Ran for a school record 4,480 yards and 72 touchdowns on 801 attempts in 47 games played and caught 88 passes for 972 yards and 15 touchdowns as he finished second in NCAA history in overall touchdowns scored (87) behind Keenan Reynolds (Navy, 2012-15) and tied the NCAA record with 38 games played with a touchdown scored … His 72 rushing touchdowns ranks tied for fourth in NCAA history with Ricky Williams (Texas, 1995-98), his 24 games played scoring two or more touchdowns ranks second in NCAA history behind the record of 25 set by Travis Prentice (Miami Ohio, 1996-99) and Montee Ball (Wisconsin, 2009-12), his 14 games played scoring three or more touchdowns ranks second in NCAA history behind record of 16 set by Keenan Reynolds (Navy, 2012-15) and his 522 points scored ranks second in NCAA history behind the record of 530 scored by Kennan Reynolds (Navy, 2012-15).

He doesn't need a lot of room to get some yards. He played very well against bigger schools. His stats didn't show it, but his O-line was completely overwhelmed by the talent of the bigger schools players, and almost all the yards he got were on his own. That is something you need to do in the NFL. He is clearly and NFL talent. He has such a great burst to the outside, and amazing quickness and agility to turn the corner outside.

He does a great job following his blockers. He runs with nice ball security, and will  strangle the ball with both hands while shooting through the line. "I just want to learn the offense and focus on the little things," Dixon said. "And show them that I can play football here at this level." He is one of those guys that looks faster than every one else on the field. He has a great burst through the hole He had a great year in 2015: 

2015: Named First Team All-Conference USA and First Team All-Louisiana … ... Carried the ball nine times for a gain of 106 rushing yards and one touchdown, while also catching two passes for a total of 65 yards and a receiving touchdown against Southern (9/5) ... Rushed 22 times for 177 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching five passes for 41 yards at WKU (9/10) ... Rushed 17 times for 82 yards while also hauling in five passes for 25 yards against Kansas State (9/19) ... Rushed the ball 25 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns, while also recording a 23 yard touchdown reception against FIU (9/26) ... Rushed 22 times for 69 yards and a touchdown while also catching a couple of passes against ULL (10/3) ... Rushed the ball 14 times for 66 yards and three touchdowns, while catching two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown against Middle Tennessee (10/24) ... Rushed the ball 19 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns, while hauling in one pass for 16 yards against Rice (10/30) ... Tied a career high with six rushing touchdowns, while rushing for 197 yards and hauling in three passes for 32 yards against North Texas (11/7) ... Rushed the ball 19 times for 49 yards against UTEP (11/21) ... Caught five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns against Southern Miss (11/28) … Registered an R+L New Orleans Bowl record 215 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in Louisiana Tech’s 47-28 win over Arkansas State (12/19) … In that NOLA Bowl, ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and registered 113 yards receiving and two touchdowns on six catches.

He is one of those rare guys that holds onto his cutting quickness while moving at near full speed.  He is always flying at full speed, and can make some interesting cut. He was one of the most productive RBs in college last year. "I didn’t try to overstep my boundaries," Dixon said. "I didn’t try to go out and score 20 touchdowns. I just wanted to be the best Kenneth Dixon I could be. And just stick it to my script, and stick to my goals in life, and prepare all the way down to the T, and I guess that's where its gotten me." He showed up at the combine, and garnered some of the best explosion and quickness numbers: 37.5" Vertical leap, 10'1 Broad jump, 6.97 3-Cone drill, 4.28 in the Short shuttle, and 11.5 in the 60-yard drill. He has such great balance making quick changes of direction and when blocking.

He had a great Proday and impressed a lot of people. "Dixon ran routes in the flat," coach Holtz said. "Swing passes, and caught balls across the middle from Driskel." He bulk up to 222-pounds, and can squat over 600-pounds. "It was a hard process," Dixon said. "You have to expand your stomach a little bit and learn how to eat a lot more. I want to be in the NFL a long time. So me being at 220 will help me out a lot." I am sold. 

I like how he moves on his feet. He is always going at full speed, and gets so low that he is hard to hit. He keeps going and is always moving forward. "I feel I have separated myself from some of the running backs in the draft with my catching ability," Dixon said. "Because the percentage of drops I had, I had a lot of balls thrown my way in my career with very few drops. I feel a running back that can catch the ball out of the backfield and can also line up and run routes and can block, be that every down back, that's great. That's what teams are looking for." He can catch the ball moving out of the backfield, and borough through the big D-end who is trying to stop him.

He also has some of the niftiest feet in the draft. "I felt like I put my best foot forward," Dixon said at his Proday. "I showed that I can run routes and I caught the ball very well out of the backfield and also gave good burst down the field and showed I was in shape. I did a pretty good job." He is a nice stocky runner who can duck under tackles. Very smart guy as well, who understands what he is suppose to do and how to do it. 

He is not a big guy, but he is a great blocker. He stones guys with leverage and technique. It really can be something to see. He keeps taking out bigger guys blitzing the edge like it's tiddlywinks. They can't get by him. Very strong blocker and runner. He gets every once of strength out of his legs, and is always bursting, diving, and falling forward for extra yards.

He might be the top 3rd down back in this Draft. "He was able to do some of the drills, but was hampered by a right hamstring issue," Gil Brandt said. " Still, he looked really good catching the ball." Great receiver out of the backfield. Elite in pass pro, except for size. He has great technique, awareness, and agility in pass pro.

Additional Notes:

Senior Bowl: He has some great suddenness in his shoulders. He has nice size, but he can really make guys miss with his feet. He gives great effort in Pass Pro. He grabs the shirt of the bigger rusher and will hold on for dear life.

K-State: He can really move. He is so good at setting up his blocker, and then cutting behind his block. If you can do that you can play in the NFL. He is also an excellent receiver out of the backfield. He has similar size, quickness, and shiftiness as Vereen. Though I think he is a little quicker, and more of a make you miss guy out in space. He fires up the gut with come serious speed and guts.

Mississippi State: He has the speed to get outside and turn the corner. Very nice quick twitch runner. He is always using his quick twitch feet to herky jerky shoulders to run his way down field. It can be very tough for a defender to tell which direction he is going to go. He is the best I have seen at getting to the middle of the line to pass block, see the inside guys are blocked, and then shuffle outside to pick up the outside blitzer. Seriously, the best.

Dixon Vs Auburn 2014:

He is just such a smooth natural receiver out of the backfield. He has some nice power to him because he runs so low and is always moving at full speed. He pops McKinzy back. He is tall, but he's a little tank (:01). I probably chose the wrong Tape because his O-line was overwhelmed by Oklahoma and Auburn. But he does a nice job finding a crack and digging under the bigger players for five (:23). You get a great look at him following his OG through the hole, and literally running up his back. You have to be able to follow your blockers in the NFL.

He uses his speed to get outside, and hits the four defenders surrounding him and one blocker. He cuts back behind his blocker and crashes for a cloud of dust. You really can't expect him to get more than that (:44). They run a Draw, and the slashes past the big DT, and powers forward for Five. That is a nice run (1:23). He is such a great receiver out of the backfield. The Auburn defense is completely overwhelming his blockers. But you get him outside where he can use his speed and quickness and he does damage (1:47). He is catching a hell of a beating in this game, and twisted something on that play.

He finally gets a hole. He hops over the trash, and then jets past the LB. Then watch the strength, balance, and agility as he spins forward through three bigger guys hitting him for the 1st down. That was a great run against a team that is killing his blockers (2:01). He does a great job catching the ball in that odd screen. And just as he is getting going, two of his blockers allow a defender to dive right through to him (2:28). Short yardage at the Goal line (2:49). Watch the power, strength fight, and ball security as he gets the first down, almost by himself, as he only has to fight two defenders this time.

He goes up high for the touchdown. Those where two straight great short yardage and goal line runs (2:59). This is why I think he could be an elite 3rd down back in the NFL. First, he is an elite blocker in pass pro (just watch the Oklahoma Tape). Second he has the best hands of any RB in this Draft. Just watch this catch. The big D-linemen sniffs out the screen, and it is over. He grabs Dixon, and starts to tackle him before the QB even throws the ball. Only the QB throws the ball anyway. Dixon friggin' shrugs the DT off of him, and catches the ball. Then runs through him. Then he gets the second level and runs over the Safety for four more yards. Seriously, that is as good as it gets for an RB (3:33). The blocking has been so bad he hasn't been allowed to use his speed (3:33). When his blockers win he has some great speed around the corner. That was his 2nd rushing TD against a far superior team who beat the crap out of his blockers all game. That was very impressive.

Dixon Vs Auburn 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vB1FPTpI8Q

 

Dixon Vs Oklahoma 2014:

That is excellent pass pro. See how he shuffles in front of one rusher, sees that he is being blocked, and then shuffles outside to block the corner (:05). This is an elite pass block against top comp. He sees the inside blitzer is about to get chopped, so he redirects outside and chops the edgerusher (:12). I am not a fan of taking an RB in the 2nd Round. Henry and Elliot are 1st Round picks. I like Collins late in the 2nd. But because of his fumbling, he might be a 3rd Rounder. However, the more I watch Dixon block the more I think of him as a 2nd Round pick. I don't think any other RB in this Draft could make those two bocks.

He finally gets a lane outside, after getting killed inside. He shows nice speed to the outside. It is tough to tell with small school guys, but this is against Oklahoma, and he had the speed to get outside on this excellent defense. I love how he shoves his blocker into the DB and tries to burst outside his other blocker. But my man Sanchez took him down (:44). Dixon was wide frggin' open for the TD, and the QB blew it (1:42). Here is another great block on the edge by Dixon (1:54). He gets great position. Gets low and wide. He gets his hands a little outside. He grabs the shoulder pads, and the QB is throwing the ball. 

You get a great look at his natural quickness and agility. The quick burst outside, and then the quick burst inside, and he is on the second level (2:26). He can make one guy miss with his lateral explosion, but not three (2:37). He is ready to play in the NFL. Watch this great block as the blitzer tries to jump over him, and he takes his feet out (2:43). He has great natural hands (3:00). When you add that with his makes you miss quickness out in space and his blocking, and he is an NFL ready 3rd down back. Plus, he can lower his head a little run over a CB.

He just keeps making great block after great block in pass pro (3:09). Watch this amazing lateral explosion out in space. He gets outside, and then hops to the right behind a blocker and is exploding up field (3:43). He is going to be more than a 3rd down back in the NFL. He is an NFL starter. He reminds me of Ray Rice. He could have that kind of career.

That is one of the best three yard runs I have ever seen (4:07). Watch the nice natural hands, and the power outside to get the touchdown (4:46). It looks like he has some whip-de-do in his running as well. It's late, and I think I might be getting a little punchy (5:24). He steps up and takes out another blitzer with another great block. That is the kind of block that gets rookie RBs onto NFL fields (5:41). Watch the nice hands as he catches the ball high above his head, and makes it look easy (5:49). Watch this block (6:05). He steps up and stops the D-tackle bursting up the middle so his QB has time to throw deep for the late touchdown. That is the kind of block that makes NFL QB's want to have that rookie on their team.

Dixon Vs Oklahoma 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVSX_TbC_vQ

 

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Dixon's Official Bio:

2015 First Team All-Conference USA
2015 First Team All-Louisiana
2015 Doak Walker Award Watch List
2015 Maxwell Award Watch List
2015 Preseason All-Conference USA
2014 All-Conference USA Second Team
2014 All-Louisiana First Team 
2014 Doak Walker Award Watch List
2014 Preseason All-Conference USA
2013 Second Team All-Conference USA
2013 National Player to Watch (TDC)
2012 Freshman All-America
2012 WAC Freshman of the Year
2012 First Team All-WAC
2012 Louisiana Freshman of the Year
2012 First Team All-Louisiana
2012 Doak Walker Award Watch List

Career: Ran for a school record 4,480 yards and 72 touchdowns on 801 attempts in 47 games played and caught 88 passes for 972 yards and 15 touchdowns as he finished second in NCAA history in overall touchdowns scored (87) behind Keenan Reynolds (Navy, 2012-15) and tied the NCAA record with 38 games played with a touchdown scored … His 72 rushing touchdowns ranks tied for fourth in NCAA history with Ricky Williams (Texas, 1995-98), his 24 games played scoring two or more touchdowns ranks second in NCAA history behind the record of 25 set by Travis Prentice (Miami Ohio, 1996-99) and Montee Ball (Wisconsin, 2009-12), his 14 games played scoring three or more touchdowns ranks second in NCAA history behind record of 16 set by Keenan Reynolds (Navy, 2012-15) and his 522 points scored ranks second in NCAA history behind the record of 530 scored by Kennan Reynolds (Navy, 2012-15).

2015: Named First Team All-Conference USA and First Team All-Louisiana … ... Carried the ball nine times for a gain of 106 rushing yards and one touchdown, while also catching two passes for a total of 65 yards and a receiving touchdown against Southern (9/5) ... Rushed 22 times for 177 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching five passes for 41 yards at WKU (9/10) ... Rushed 17 times for 82 yards while also hauling in five passes for 25 yards against Kansas State (9/19) ... Rushed the ball 25 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns, while also recording a 23 yard touchdown reception against FIU (9/26) ... Rushed 22 times for 69 yards and a touchdown while also catching a couple of passes against ULL (10/3) ... Rushed the ball 14 times for 66 yards and three touchdowns, while catching two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown against Middle Tennessee (10/24) ... Rushed the ball 19 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns, while hauling in one pass for 16 yards against Rice (10/30) ... Tied a career high with six rushing touchdowns, while rushing for 197 yards and hauling in three passes for 32 yards against North Texas (11/7) ... Rushed the ball 19 times for 49 yards against UTEP (11/21) ... Caught five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns against Southern Miss (11/28) … Registered an R+L New Orleans Bowl record 215 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in Louisiana Tech’s 47-28 win over Arkansas State (12/19) … In that NOLA Bowl, ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and registered 113 yards receiving and two touchdowns on six catches.

2014: Became the school's all-time leading rusher as he ran for 1,299 yards and 22 touchdowns on 253 carries with a long rush of 99 yards while registering 385 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 30 carries and was the only FBS player to have a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown of over 80 yards on the year ... Caught three passes for 14 yards including a six-yard touchdown pass and ran the ball 16 times for 42 yards at No. 4/3 Oklahoma (8/30) ... Ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries at Louisiana-Lafayette (9/6) including a 99-yard touchdown run that set a new record for longest rush in Louisiana Tech, Conference USA and Cajun Field history ... Ran for 75 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and caught one pass for five yards at North Texas (9/11) ... Ran for two touchdowns and 103 yards on 22 carries while also catching a touchdown pass with 41 receiving yards on two catches against Northwestern State (9/20) ... Ran for 29 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and caught four passes for 21 yards at No. 5 Auburn ... Ran for 86 yards and a touchdown against UTEP (10/4) ... Ran a career-high 28 times for 121 yards and a touchdown against UTSA (10/18) marking his 14th career game with 100-plus rushing yards, a new school record ... Caught an 84-yard touchdown pass as part of a 124-yard receiving performance with two touchdowns on six catches and also ran for 41 yards and a touchdown in a 31-20 win at Southern Miss (10/25) ... Ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught three passes for 49 yards and a touchdown in LA Tech's 59-10 dismantling of Western Kentucky (11/1) ... Ran for 79 yards and three touchdowns while only playing in the first half at UAB (11/8) ... Recorded three rushing touchdowns on 79 yards with 15 carries and caught one pass for 17 yards all in the first half at UAB (11/8) ... Surpassed the 3,000 rushing yardage mark in his career as he ran for 106 yards and a touchdown at Old Dominion (11/22) ... Surpassed the 1,000 rushing yard mark this season for the second time in his career (2012) after rushing for 137 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns against Rice (11/29) ... Ran the ball 20 times for a gain of 156 yards and three rushing touchdowns to break the school record for total touchdowns scored in a career (59) at Marshall in the C-USA Championship Game (12/6); tied a LA Tech school record with 52 career rushing touchdowns; moved into sole possession of second place all-time in LA Tech history with 3,347 career rushing yards ... Became the school's all-time leading rusher in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl against Illinois (12/26) as he ran for 63 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and had an 80-yard touchdown catch while also forcing a critical fumble and making a solo tackle.

2013 Second Team All-Conference USA
2013 National Player to Watch (TDC)
2012 Freshman All-America
2012 WAC Freshman of the Year
2012 First Team All-WAC
2012 Louisiana Freshman of the Year
2012 First Team All-Louisiana
2012 Doak Walker Award Watch List

2013: Played in 10 games, starting in eight with 151 carries for 917 yards and four touchdowns and 14 catches for 85 yards with one touchdown ... Opened the season at NC State (8/31) where he ran for 118 yards and one touchdown ... Ran for 41 yards on four carries against Lamar (9/7) before leaving the game with a knee injury ... Saw limited action against Tulane (9/12) due to a knee injury, running four times for negative-five yards ... Ran for 129 yards on 18 carries in a 13-10 loss at Kansas (9/21) ... Ran for 71 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown against Army (9/28) in the Heart of Dallas Classic at the Cotton Bowl ... Ran for 200 yards on 25 carries with a score and caught a pass for 10 yards at UTEP (10/5) with a career-long 72-yard run ... Ran the ball 12 times for 25 yards and caught four passes for nine yards against North Texas (10/19) ... Led all players in rushing and receiving at FIU (10/26) with 119 yards on 23 carries and 64 receiving yards on three catches, including a 39-yard touchdown catch ... Ran for 207 yards and a touchdown to surpass the 2,000 rushing yard mark in his career in a 36-13 win over Southern Miss (11/9) in A Rivalry in Dixie ... Ran for 12 yards on two carries at Rice (11/16) before leaving the game with a knee injury.

2012: A Freshman All-America selection that was named a 2013 National Player to Watch by the Touchdown Club of Columbus ... Named the WAC Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-WAC honoree as well as being named the Louisiana Freshman of the Year and first team All-Louisiana ... The NCAA statistical championn in scoring with an average of 14.00 points per game ... Ran for 1,194 yards and an NCAA record for a freshman 27 touchdowns on 200 attempts, averaging 6.0 yards per carry and 99.5 yards per game ... Also caught 10 passes for 35 yards and one touchdown, setting a new NCAA record for total touchdowns scored by a freshman in a season (28) ... Ran for 90 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in his collegiate debut in a 56-49 win at Houston (9/8) ... Ran for 113 yards and three touchdowns on only 14 carries, averaging 8.1 yards per carry, as Tech topped Rice, 56-37 (9/15) ... Ran for 41 yards on 11 carries with a long rush of 11 yards at Illinois (9/22) in a 52-24 win ... Ran for 78 yards on 16 carries in a 44-38 win at Virginia with a long run of 33 yards ... Became only the fourth player in school history to run for four touchdowns while he ran the ball 16 times for 102 yards and four touchdowns and made his first career catch with a 10-yard reception against UNLV (10/6) ... Ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns and caught one pass for two yards for a season-best 113 all-purpose yards against No. 22 Texas A&M (10/13) ... Recorded a career night in a 70-28 rout of Idaho (10/20) with a school record six rushing touchdowns while running 17 times for 232 yards as the Bulldogs ran for a school record eight touchdowns total and school record 839 total offensive yards ... Ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on 20 rush attempts and caught two passes for 11 yards at New Mexico State (10/27) ... Ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries against UTSA (11/3), setting the LA Tech single season record for touchdowns in a season (19) ... Ran for 144 yards and four touchdowns and caught two passes for 14 yards and a touchdown as he set new NCAA records for rushing touchdowns in a season by a freshman (24), touchdowns scored in a season by a freshman (25) and points scored in a season by a freshman (150) ... Ran for 109 yards and two scores on 22 carries in an overtime loss to Utah State (11/17) ... Ran for 33 yards and one touchdown on eight carries at San Jose State (11/24).

 

 

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