Welcome to 20/20! As part of our continued Dynasty Scouts coverage and in preparation for the NFL Combine later this month, we’ll be profiling 20 of the top incoming rookies of the class of 2016 by giving you 20 facts you must know.
1.) Player Name — Kenneth Dixon.
2.) College — Louisiana Tech.
3.) Height/Weight — 5-foot-10, 213 pounds.
4.) Birth date — 01/21/1994.
5.) Class — Senior.
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6.) Basic college stats — In 47 games as a four-year starter, he racked up 4,483 yards and 72 touchdowns on 802 carries, which is good for 5.6 yards per carry. He added 87 receptions for 969 yards and 15 scores. As a senior this past season, playing in just 11 games due to injury, Dixon amassed 1,073 yards and 19 touchdowns on 198 carries (5.4 YPC), adding 33 catches for 464 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver.
7.) NFL Draft round projection — Third round.
8.) Current NFL comp — Giovani Bernard, Ahmad Bradshaw.
9.) Best possible destination — Indianapolis Colts. With Frank Gore aging, Indianapolis will likely address running back again this off-season. Dixon would slide in nicely and be a superb fit in a pass-heavy offense, which the Colts figure to be for the foreseeable future.
10.) Worst possible destination — Atlanta Falcons. With Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman, Dixon would be buried on the depth chart.
11.) Best current skill — I’m not sure if aggression is a skill, but, man, does this guy love punishing defenders. I think he takes it personally when someone tries to tackle him. Dixon even seeks out contact, at times, and he is allergic to running out of bounds. As for “football” skills, Dixon is incredibly shifty with great stop-and-start ability, and he should be able to produce immediately as a pass-catching weapon.
12.) Skill that needs to be improved — His burst is really good, but Dixon doesn’t possess elite top-end speed. With that said, he does hold the record for the longest rushing touchdown in NCAA history with a 99-yarder.
13.) Past/current rookie ADP — He’s currently the third running back off the board with an ADP of 11.43.
14.) Projected dynasty value — Dixon may never be a true RB1, but with his receiving prowess, he will make for a valuable asset, especially in PPR leagues. His aggressive running style is incredibly entertaining, but it may not bode well for his longevity.
15.) Overlooked by Rivals — Dixon was rated as the No. 8 prospect in Arkansas coming out of high school and assigned a three-star rating. He was not ranked nationally.
16.) Freshman Phenom — In his first college season, Dixon went bonkers, leading the nation with 27 rushing touchdowns. The monster campaign set an NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a freshman.
17.) Nose For The End Zone — He maintained his touchdown prowess throughout his career, scoring at least 26 touchdowns in three of his four seasons. From 2012 to 2015, he ranked first in total touchdowns among running backs with 87.
18.) Workhorse — From 2012 to 2015, Dixon came in third in total rushing yards, trailing only Keenan Reynolds and Melvin Gordon.
19.) Negatives — Like 99 percent of rookie running backs, Dixon’s pass protection is lacking, but he just needs work on his technique; he is more than willing to pick up a blitzer.
20.) Finishing Strong — In his final college game, a 47-28 win over Arkansas State in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dixon went out with a bang, blowing up for 215 total yards and four touchdowns. He rushed for 102 yards and two scores, and Dixon added six grabs for 113 yards and two more touchdowns.
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Thanks for the preview of this guy. Love the (bulleted) format also- makes for more clarity.
Thanks, Steve. I’m a Dixon fan, as well.
Good stuff. The first thing I noticed was how he liked to punish defenders as well. It’s a little concerning that it won’t be Arkansas State defenders tackling him in the pros though. He looks the part of an NFL running back. I just hope his competition wasn’t the reason for that.