Running Back #28
Senior 5’10” 215
- best skill is his tremendous cut back that gains instant separation in the open field and when eluding defenders in the backfield
- boasts excellent vision and decisiveness when reading the development of the play
- rarely goes down on first contact with powerful leg drive and maneuverability to escape traffic and contact
- creates his own lanes and has ability to get skinny to pound through the line especially in short yardage third down situations
- top-notch lateral quickness showing ability as a slasher at the second level
- reliable receiver that displays good ball skills and awareness with a diverse route tree for a running back
- runs hard looking to spoil a defender’s day
- operated in a multiple offense with spread looks and pro-style sets with a fullback among others
- does his part blocking when sticking his nose into a defender but struggles to be an effective cut blocker that led to sacks and pressures to the quarterback
- fumbled 14 times in career with 11 lost
Kenneth Dixon is only second to Navy’s Keenan Reynolds in total touchdowns in college football history boasting an outstanding 87 scores (72 rushing; 15 receiving). Dixon’s accolades speak for themselves showing how much production he sported over his four-year career and how much impact he provided.
Dixon has a basketful of moves and displays an incredible skill set that boosts his draft stock. He is known for his cutback ability in the backfield and in the open field pretty much making a defender miss on every carry because of it. Dixon can produce a highlight tape alone on just his juke and cutback moves that would last for about 20 minutes. He can be viewed just as a slashing runner but is equally as effective running through contact with plus power to run over defenders producing many missed tackles. Most notably in 2014 with shaky offensive line play against tougher opponents, Dixon showed creativity in the backfield with the ball in his hands making his own running lanes being able to wiggle through the line and getting skinny to be effective in between the tackles.
As a receiver, Dixon has the chance to be an immediate top-notch third down and every down back as well in the NFL. His natural hands and ball skills make him a threat to pop out of the backfield to add another potent skill to his already impressive running style. He brings a lot to the table with the ball in his hands with his physical running style but put the ball on the turf 14 times in his career with 11 lost. Most of these occurred when lowering his shoulder to initiate contact, so technique as a ball carrier and ball security are the most notable concerns heading into the draft. A complete player that owns a tremendous skill set that will be applicable at the next level, Dixon is an attractive running back prospect that should be of the top five running backs selected in April’s draft.
Round Value: Second Round
NFL Comparison: DeAngelo Williams
Running low to the ground with the consistent ability to make defenders miss with their cutbacks in space, Williams and Dixon draw the comparison. Both are effective receivers out of the backfield as well and show some underrated power qualities that make them complete backs. Dixon shows more willingness as a blocker though but both had fumbling issues before coming into the league.