PFF scouting report: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

Steve Palazzolo breaks down Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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PFF scouting report: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

Here is the PFF draft profile for Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts.

Position rank: Top 10
Overall rank: Top 150

Position fit:

Running back, more of a change-of-pace back who can contribute in the passing game.

Stats to know:

No. 18 overall grade among running backs in the nation, sixth in the draft class. No. 5 receiving grade in nation, second in draft class. Elusive rating of 99.2 ranked 15th in nation, second in the draft class.

What he does best:

• Outstanding in space, will make defenders miss with exceptional quick cuts.
• Patient, let’s plays develop. Similar hop step to Le’Veon Bell when reading blocks.
• Has speed to get to the edge, showed this often when running outside zone.
• Has the vision and quickness to turn a bad run fit by the defense into a big play.
• Very quick to hit cutback lane on inside zone runs.
• Good receiver out of backfield, showed ball skills down the field.
• Caught 12-of-15 targets for 185 yards and two touchdowns when lined up in the slot.

Biggest concern:

• Did not cut back often on outside zone, almost too patient at times. Has the cutting ability to excel in one-cut scheme, however.
• Not great at picking up yards through contact. Some boom or bust to his game depending on quality of blocking.
• Had four fumbles on only 197 carries.

Player style comparison:

Dion Lewis, New England Patriots

Bottom line:

Dixon may not be an every-down back, but he can bring big-play potential as both a runner and as a receiver. He’s electric in the open field and can make plays when lined up as a receiver.

  • Tim Edell

    After watching Dixon on tape he is not afraid at all of finishing his runs and will put his helmet down and finish with authority. The area of concern for me with him is his pass protection.. how did he grade out this year in that regard??

    • Michael J. Dunlap

      I feel the same way Tim, but with someone who isn’t afraid of contact with the ball is most likely not afraid of contact without the ball. The only question would be his technique.

  • Runner1967

    14 fumbles at that level of comp he faced? Massive red flag.

  • Jimmy Schwarz

    I see him as the 3rd down and redzone slot receiver at times, but definitely worth keeping as the number 3 back behind Forsett and Allen.