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Prospect Profiles: RB Anthony Dixon (Miss. State)

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Ask and you shall recieve.
There was a request to profile Anthony Dixon and here is his profile.

Measurables

6’1 233 pounds. 9.75 inch hands.

Septebmer 24th, 1987. Senior

4.67 40 yard dash, 15 reps on the bench press, 33 inch vertical, 10’1 inch broad jump.

More Workout numbers here.

Stats

Career: 910 carries, 3,994 yards and 42 touchdowns.

2009: 257 carries, 1391 yards, 5.4 yards per carry, 12 touchdowns. 18 receptions, 123 yards receiving.

Big Games:

vs Houston 134 yards rushing.

@ Middle Tennessee 135 yards rushing.

@ Kentucky 33 carries 252 yards and 2 touchdowns.

@ Arkansas 24 carries 176 yards rushing 2 touchdowns.

vs Miss 29 carries 133 yards rushing 1 touchdown.

Scouting Reports

National Football Post.com

Dixon displays good footwork and balance for a back his size. Does a nice job picking his way through the line of scrimmage. He’s patient through the hole and has the lateral mobility to reach the cutback lane and square his shoulders into the open field. Possesses a strong lower body and seemingly always drives his legs through contact. Consistently is able to step through would-be tacklers at the line of scrimmage. Possesses the short-area quickness to make a man miss behind the line and create on his own play. He doesn’t display an elite burst to his game, but he plays a lot faster than given credit for. He has the ability to shed a tackle and reach top-end speed quickly.

But he lacks a second gear to his game and isn’t a big-play threat at the second level. Possesses a strong base and displays the ability to drop his pad level in pass protection and jar a defender on contact. Looks natural in the receiving game. Adjusts quickly to the football and displays the wiggle to make a man miss in the open field. Is a physical, instinctive runner who displays impressive lateral ability for his size. Looks like a guy who could become a team’s featured running back.Grade: 6.8 (6.8 Becomes a starter in his rookie year…becomes a solid NFL player who has no real weakness…can’t be exploited or consistently taken out of games.)


The Footballfan spot

Anthony Dixon is being often compared to Toby Gerhart of Stanford this season because both are having amazing seasons and are big power backs that lack elite speed. I think, as a football player, Anthony Dixon is actually better than Heisman favorite Toby Gerhart. Dixon is a better pass protector, has better mobility, better hands, and a better college track record. However, he has more off the field troubles. He was arrested for DUI before this season, but was not suspended. When I heard, that, I thought that , coupled with a lack of elite speed, would make the former elite recruit a 6th round prospect at best. Then he came out and had the best season of his career and flashed the potential to possibly be an every down back at the next level like Brandon Jacobs. I love players who perform consistently over multiple seasons. This entire season Dixon only rushed for less than 81 yards once and that was against Florida which makes it somewhat excusable, especially since he only got 15 carries in that contest. Dixon led Mississippi State in rushing not once, not twice, not three times, but in every single season in his college career. He has amassed almost 4000 rushing yards in his college career on 910 carries and 42 touchdowns. His use of hands in pass protection are elite for someone of his age and figure to improve as he matures. He also doesn’t fumble that often which is often a problem for young backs and he’s a good pass catcher for his size. If he can keep his off the field troubles away, he can be a nice backup, goal line back, and possibly a 3rd down back. He also has the potential to be a feature back, which I don’t think Toby Gerhart has.

NFL Comparison: Michael Bush

nfl.com/combine

Dixon is a big, powerful back that runs with a good pad level and does a good job of keeping his feet alive to gain yards after contact. He lacks the speed to be a threat out wide or to take many all the way once he gets to the second level but he will move the chains and sustain drives. He can be a bit inconsistent when it comes to blocking but has the ability to deliver a good blow when he wants to. He will likely initially be a short yardage or red zone back that specializes in gaining the tough yards.

Dixon is a big, bruising running back who was highly productive against premier competition in college. Displays the necessary power to consistently break tackles. Exhibits impressive balance on contact and is rarely brought down by the first tackler. Shows nice foot agility for a big, power back. His top end speed to be a threat on the perimeter or explode for long gainers up the middle is dubious. Must improve his ball security as he’s shown he will put the ball on the ground at times. Struggles getting to the outside

Big Board Rankings

ESPN Scouts Inc. 8th ovreall running back

National Football Post 4th rated running back

Walterfootball.com 10th rated running back

DraftboardInsier.com 10th rated running back

Where the Mocks Have him Falling

4th round, pick # 114 Denver Broncos (Was previously Anthony Dixon)

4th round pick #116 Pittsburh Steelers (pick right after the Giants)

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

Anthony Dixon is a running back that seems to have about a 4th round value, but could go higher than that. Dixon, is a big power back guy like a Toby Gherart who has a real chance of being at a solid pro.

Naitonal Football Post grades pretty tough, and I was suprised to see that they had Dixon has the 4th highest rated running back in the draft.

Dixon is a big powerful back who lacks explosive speed, but has good size strength, vision, and a good all around game.

Final Verdict

I like Anthony Dixons game, I just dont’ like it for the New York Giants. I was/am a big fan of Andre Brown (as long as he can come back healthy) and I think Anthony Dixon is a very similar player to Andre Brown except I personally think Brown is better.

I think 4th round is fine value, but my thing with Dixon is that I’m looking for a pass catching dyanmic Running back for the NY Giants who can catch the ball out of the backfield and Dixon might have the hands to do so, he wasn’t a very productive pass catcher in college.

I”m more interested in a player like Joe Mcknight out of USC, or Montario Hardesty out of Tennesse in the 4th round.

I also really like Jonathan Dwyer, who started the pre-draft process as a fringe first round prospect, but now in the third or fourth round range would provide much better value. So if Dwyer is available after the third round I have no problem with them taking him.

I want a running back who can be used in third down situations. Bradshaw is pretty good with the ball in his hands after he catches it, but he’s not a great pass protector and I do’nt think he’s a natural receiver either.
I think the Giants need a running back who is like Chester Taylor formerly of the Vikings.

I’m not sure that the Giants don’t already have that player in Andre Brown and I don’t think the Giants will be drafting a running back this year that is not C.J. Spiller, Jahvid Best (who they should pounce on in a heartbeat if he slips to round two), or even a Dexter McCluster.

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2 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: RB Anthony Dixon (Miss. State)”

  1. Steve B. says:

    I agree, plus the DUI stuff is a little worrisome.

    The one question I have is will Brown be back? The focus is all on KP atm, but Brown suffered an Achilles injury, which is one of the most devastating injuries for football players.

    I do think that the Giants will pick up a RB in the draft, just not in the first round.

    They could use a back thats between Jacobs and Bradshaw size, has power, good pass protector, and good receiver. Staying clean off the field would be a bonus too.

    I love Dexter McCluster, even though he doesnt have the size that I am looking for, he is definitely a play maker. In the early draft process I would of had no problem with the Giants taking him in the 4th round, but now he is expected to go much higher, maybe even in the 2nd round.

    Will be interesting to see what the Giants do on draft day(s)

  2. Matt says:

    Plese do a profile on chris cook

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