The Dallas Cowboys took Ahmad Dixon in the seventh-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The safety from Baylor had high grades in some areas, but slipped to the last round. The biggest question is surrounding him is, where will he make his impact?
His college career showed that he isn’t timid about coming up and making plays. In three of his four seasons at Baylor, he had 80 tackles or more. He’s a hard-hitter who brings attitude and aggression to the field. He has some long arms, but uses it to his advantage in his tackling, and not so much while the ball is in the air.
The biggest knock on Dixon is that he looks lost at times in coverage. He only defended 15 passes in college and only managed four interceptions in his collegiate career. To say the least, Dixon is a project in coverage, but the Cowboys are well aware of that.
So, where does he fit?
He’s still going to be a valuable piece. Instead of sitting him aside because or what he can’t do, the coaching staff will focus on what he can do, which means he’s going to be on special teams. He can immediately make an impact with hustle plays and big hits. If he performs well, he might become a special teams ace.
He can contribute and learn at the same time. Barry Church can show him the ropes and teach him how to become a professional. Hopefully for Dallas, he can develop in a timely fashion so that he can provide some depth in the future.
He doesn’t have to be the total package to get on the field. There are plenty of safeties in the NFL who struggle in coverage. It’s a very difficult position to play with all the rules that now benefit wide receivers.
Dixon does one thing very well. His tackling will likely get him a roster spot and the opportunity to play special teams. Where his career goes after that will depend on the work he will put in.