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TBN Draft Profile: Kenneth Dixon

Measurables:

Height- 5′ 10″

Weight- 215

Arms- 31 3/8″

Hands- 9 1/2″

Combine:

4.58 40

37 1/2″ vertical jump

10′ 1″ broad jump

6.97 three cone

Year G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2012 12 200 1,194 6 27 10 35 3.5 1
2013 10 151 917 6.1 4 14 85 6.1 1
2014 14 253 1,299 5.1 22 30 385 12.8 6
2015 11 198 1,073 5.4 19 33 464 14.1 7
Totals 47 802 4,483 5.65 72 87 969 9.1 15

Kenneth Dixon is a very exciting running back to watch. He isn’t a big back as he has more of a compact build. Dixon is a player who plays bigger than he is. He is a tough runner inside and outside. Keeps his legs moving even when contacted by defenders. Dixon can show to be elusive at times with subtle movements once he gets pass the first level.

What separates Dixon from other backs in this class is his patience. Too often when watching him get to the second level he will slow up to allow offensive linemen or receivers get in front of him. This allows him to use his vision to weave in and out of traffic to extend the play. With how athletic this offensive line group is in Dallas, it would be a good fit. Dixon isn’t the home run hitter that Ezekiel Elliott is but he can be just as dangerous. He will make people miss.

You can add receiver to the arsenal of weapons that Dixon possesses. Much like current Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar, he can lineup in the backfield or split out wide. A good route runner considering the position that he plays. Shows good hands to snag the ball out of the air. Also shows good awareness of boundry and Dixon understands receiver techniques.

The idea that the Cowboys are a running back by committee team couldn’t be more flawed. They have shown the last two seasons that whoever does the best at the position gets the bulk of the carries. Early on they were more apt to allow the committee but Darren McFadden received a bulk of the carries. This is where Dixon could fit the mold even with the acquisition of Alfred Morris. He can run, catch and block. He could use some technique work but Dixon is a willing blocker.

The Cowboys would find it hard to get this kid off the field. Kenneth Dixon is a player that should be a topic of interest on day two.

 

About Patrick Conn

Patrick Conn is the lead NFL Draft analyst for TBN. Over the past three years he has worked with Inside The Star, Blogging The Boys, and Fansided. His work has even been published on SI.com. Patrick has been on ESPN East Texas discussing the Cowboys and the NFL Draft. Follow him on twitter @DraftCowboys.

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