By Matthew Postins
Meet Ahmad Dixon, the Cowboys’ Seventh-Round Pick
The Dallas Cowboys selected Baylor strong safety Ahmad Dixon with their seventh-round (No. 248 overall) selection on Saturday afternoon. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6-foot, 212 pounds
Rankings: CBSSports.com ranks Dixon as the No. 206 overall prospect and the No. 7 draft prospect at strong safety. CBSSports.com graded him a sixth-round pick.
The skinny: Moved back to safety in spring, after playing 2011 & 12 at NB…3rd on team with 70 tackles…8 tackles (6 solo), 1st fumble recovery and forced fumble of season in win over Texas Tech…10 tackles (7 solo), tackle for loss and pass break up in win over No. 12 Oklahoma…4 solo tackles and 2 pass break ups in win over Iowa State…8 tackles, pass break up and first interception of season at Kansas State to seal BU victory…4 tackles in West Virginia win…4 stops and PBU in win over ULM, DNP in 2nd half due to bone bruise in forearm…5 tackles and blocked XP in win over Buffalo…8 tackles in season-opening win over Wofford.
What Cowboys are getting: A hard-hitting safety that really has a nose for the football. He patrolled the back-end of the Baylor defense last season and made hit after hit, including one against TCU that drew the ire of TCU head coach Gary Patterson. He feels like a Bob Sanders-type of safety who can play gangbusters in the box but is much less of a pass defender, which can be a problem. There is no question about his motor and his passion for the game. The question is whether he can make the adjustments in the NFL necessary to not be a liability in coverage.
Postins’ Take: I saw Dixon in person last year and I was impressed with his ability to hit and his passion. He was one of the emotional leaders of that Baylor team last year and at that level that passion can take you a long way. Baylor was able to do things in coverage that masked Dixon’s deficiencies in coverage. In the NFL that is harder to do. The real question I have about Dixon is how far away he is from being a competent pass defender. He can be a special teams performer right away. In fact, he could fill the Danny McCray role on this team for the next few years, as long as he makes the team.
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