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Every year in the draft, a player or player falls well beyond where they are expected to be drafted and falls into a team's lap at a point where they can hardly believe their luck. Of course, this isn't a guarantee that the prospect in question will turn out to be a roaring success, but in Daviyon Nixon the Panthers have managed to find a player in the fifth round who many expected to go as high as the second round.
At 6'3 and 313lbs Nixon has the size to play both the 1- and 3-techs in the 4-3 front as well as the 3-tech in the 3-4 front in what is expected to be a hybrid defensive front for the Panthers. What is more, with 35″ arms he has the length to cause blockers real problems from a hand usage and technique perspective, while his 4.9 forty-yard dash (including a 1.7s ten yard split) is testament to his remarkable explosion for his size.
As a former JUCO product, it isn't hugely surprising that Nixon isn't necessarily the finished article from a technical perspective, but how polished is he, where does he need to improve, and how can he help the Panthers both in 2021 and moving forwards?
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