When the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft rolled around, many Dallas Cowboys fans knew that the team had quite a few picks. No one really expected it to turn into much, except for an exciting player or two, but were we wrong about that? It’s potentially possible, as the team drafted the hard-hitting safety from the Baylor Bears, Ahmad Dixon.
Now, I’m not going to say that Dixon is going to come in and become a Pro Bowler right out of the gate, but with his type of play and his ability to lay a huge hit, I think he has the potential to be a player for the Cowboys. Dixon was known as being a big hitter, and he’s seemed to have done pretty well in coverage as well. The Cowboys badly need someone to step up, and with the safety position opposite of Barry Church still up in the air, someone needs to grab it.
I believe Dixon sees the field this year, but not as a starter. I think that gig goes to J.J. Wilcox, who was a rookie last season. For the future, though? Let’s not sleep on Dixon.
Dixon has solid size at 6-feet, 212 pounds, and in all honesty, he may bring that competitive, slightly cocky attitude that the team has been missing. He had one of the most memorable draft phone calls, as he was in tears the entire time and could barely get any words out. Cowboys fans who saw that immediately fell in love with Dixon.
Dixon has the upside, but Wilcox will likely get the chance to start this season, with Matt Johnson being a possible sleeper at the position. Dixon could absolutely be a nice piece of the special teams unit as a rookie though, so it’ll be interesting to see how the team decides to use him.