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    I have completed most of my due diligence on #73 Xavier Nixon. I started a new thread to be fair and to not hijack the Brian Winters thread.

    I think I have found some very interesting information and facts regarding Nixon and the negative comments surrounding his inconsistent play. I have to say after watching (5) 2012 games (S. Caro, Fla St, GA, TAMU, LSU) against some of the very best competition in college his performances do NOT support the inconsistent comments. To the contrary, Xavier Nixon played very very well.

    What drove me to further investigate Nixon is, how does a High School Maxwell award winner, Parade All American, NC Player of the Year, US Army All American Bowl, A Freshman All American @ Florida, start 5 games & play in 10 as freshman @ Florida become inconsistent in his Soph and Junior years?

    Here is what I found:

    2009, Freshman, FLA 13-1, Tebow was starting QB and FLA had a stellar OL, Urban Meyer HC; Steve Addazio OC, spread offense. Started 5 games

    2010 SOPH, FLA 8-5, John Brantley NEW QB and major losses on the OL, Meyer HC, Addazio OC (2nd yr), spread offense. Starter RT

    INJURED
    The only significant Florida injury to occur in the game happened to RT Xavier Nixon in the first quarter. “He’s fine,” Gators coach Urban Meyer said. “Sprained knee. But it was very mild.”

    2011 Junior, Fla 7-6, Brantley QB, Will Muschamp NEW HC, Charlie Weis NEW OC, NEW Offense: Pro Style Pistol. Pretty much a given that Meyer left the cupboard bare. Nixon only returning starter on OL.

    INJURED
    "Weis described Nixon as being banged-up and in pain, but well enough to play through it. He and Green are expected to play this week.

    2012 Senior, FLA 11-2, Jeff Driskell Soph QB, Muschamp HC, Brent Pease NEW OC, NEW Offense; Multiple; Team Captain.

    Review: In 4 years Xavier Nixon, had (2) Head Coaches, (3) Offensive Coordinators, and (3) different Offensive systems to learn, (3) different QBs, played hurt and through nagging injuries in 2010 & 2011. Was not benched because of play but was held out due to injuries and moved to RT because of a sprained knee. In 2011 was only starter returning to the OL. In 2012 a healthy Nixon played LT very well against some of the toughest and best competition in the country.

    Conclusion: Based on history, research, turmoil in new coaches and systems, injuries and a clean bill of health for 2012 followed by solid performances by Nixon, I still say Joeckle and Fisher are the head of the class in OTs. What may have led to the inconsistent remarks could be attributed to playing with injuries and pain and the constant turnover of new QBs, Offensive coordinators and offensive systems. However based on Nixon's solid performance in 2012 against the very best competition I think he's as good as if not better than Lane Johnson. In fact I think Nixon will have the better NFL career. I would not be surprised that when the evaluation process is over if Xavier Nixon is not a 2nd RD draft pick. As a 2nd RD draft pick Xavier Nixon would be the best RT on the Houston Texans.

    Added Note: Nixon also had (3) different OL coaches in 4 years.
    Last edited by Texian; 01-11-2013, 08:24 PM.
    Bob McNair -"Hire Eliot Wolf then get the heck out of the way."

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    Awesome research

    I was looking at Nixon the other day and was wondering why he was not amoung the top of the OT rankings and discussions

    He had a lot of hype going to Florida.

    That explains a lot. Thank you so much for the breakdown bro.

    I'll look at the tape and draw my own opinion as far as techniques tools and talent/ability

    This helps a lot with the inconsistent label and the discrepancies i have read in the few scouting reports on Nixon.

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    • #3
      Xavier Nixon vs Texas A&M, 09/08/12 primary opponent, #94 Damontre Moore;
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzDuiWIBiRw

      Xavier Nixon vs LSU 10/06/12; primary opponent, #99 Sam Montgomery
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkg6htylDLY

      *** BTW - this game ^^^ is one of the best games this season by an ILB (Kevin Minter)***
      (all Minter doubters/haters should watch this)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkg6htylDLY

      17 Solo tackles, 3 Assisted, Total 20 Tackles; 3 TFL; 2 Sacks
      http://www.lsusports.net/fls/5200/as...stats/ls06.htm


      Xavier Nixon vs South Carolina 10/20/12; Primary Opponent, #7 Jadevon Clowney
      ***This is really a Herculean effort against the best player in college football***
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvP8Ph-up4Y

      Xavier Nixon vs Georgia 10/27/12, Primary Opponent #56 Garrison Smith & #29 Jarvis Jones
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D95Spqp1MR8

      Xavier Nixon vs Florida St 11/24/12, Primary Opponent #91 Cornelius Carridine
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frvskjX5R5A
      Last edited by Texian; 01-11-2013, 08:25 PM.
      Bob McNair -"Hire Eliot Wolf then get the heck out of the way."

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      • #4
        BCS Sugar Bowl
        Xavier Nixon vs Louisville, 1/2/13, Primary opponents #91 Marcus Smith; #94 Lorenzo Mauldin

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gksluYthXkY

        Notes: @ 24:50 mark big man is movin out front leading the way.
        @ 30:44 Nixon called for false start

        other than that Nixon played a solid game, 3 FLA turn overs/miscues is what the beat the Gators. Driskell is far from a polished QB. Teddy Bridgewater is a polished QB.
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        • #5
          Are the experts saying late second round? Because you won 12 regular season games and are still in the playoffs, you will pick near the end of each round even if you lose on Sunday. Nixon could be gone before the Texans are on the clock in Round 2.

          The Jaguars need a starting right tackle more than anything else and have the first pick in the second round (#33) because of their tie with the Chiefs. Is that too high for Nixon if Jacksonville goes with a different position in the first round?
          Teal and black forever!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JaguarsWoman View Post
            Are the experts saying late second round? Because you won 12 regular season games and are still in the playoffs, you will pick near the end of each round even if you lose on Sunday. Nixon could be gone before the Texans are on the clock in Round 2.

            The Jaguars need a starting right tackle more than anything else and have the first pick in the second round (#33) because of their tie with the Chiefs. Is that too high for Nixon if Jacksonville goes with a different position in the first round?
            I think that once the GMs/Scouts have done all their homework, Senior Bowl, Combine and Pro Days Xavier Nixon will grade out as a RD 1-2 prospect. To answer your question, the Jags should have a good chance of landing Nixon or DJ Fluker at OT w/ the 33rd pick. If healthy Chris Faulk would also be a possibility and another solid player from the SEC.
            Last edited by Texian; 01-12-2013, 06:05 AM.
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            • #7
              I don't care about players coming from the SEC. If an offensive lineman plays RT better than Eben Britton, Guy Whimper, and Cameron Bradfield did, he is worth looking at.
              Teal and black forever!

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              • #8
                Senior Bowl - Xavier Nixon, Florida, 6054, 311, Arms 33 3/4, Hands 10 1/2
                Bob McNair -"Hire Eliot Wolf then get the heck out of the way."

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                • #9
                  Florida tackle Xavier Nixon has also moved around the offensive line this week, seeing extensive time at left tackle, where he lined up mostly in Gainesville, but also taking reps inside at left guard on Tuesday. He flashed the hand strength to deliver a jolt off the snap and hold his ground, but his best attribute is his feet and athleticism, which makes him a better fit on the outside.

                  http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/b...risers-fallers
                  Bob McNair -"Hire Eliot Wolf then get the heck out of the way."

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                  • #10
                    Was Nixon injured during 1v1 drills? He left after a few reps and was not on field at all for scrimmage.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gs27 View Post
                      Was Nixon injured during 1v1 drills? He left after a few reps and was not on field at all for scrimmage.
                      It looked like he either sprained or broke his wrist with a hard jab to Ziggy Ansah's shoulder pad during 1v1 drills.
                      Bob McNair -"Hire Eliot Wolf then get the heck out of the way."

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                      • #12
                        http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/...This-Week.html

                        Russ Land

                        7. Xavier Nixon

                        From the first practice it was clear that Nixon was over-matched athletically playing offensive tackle. He could not kick-slide out in time to protect the corner vs speed rushers and lacked the feet and agility to re-direct and adjust to fast pass rush moves back inside. His lack of quickness also hindered his ability to get into good blocking position and often led to him grabbing and holding his man. Nixon slid inside and played some guard this week and was more effective there, but his struggles to bend knees and block with leverage hindered him there too. Nixon is not going to be a high draft pick, but will likely be selected late because of his size, long arms and experience starting three plus seasons at Florida.

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                        • #13
                          Assuming that is an expert's observations, that means I don't want him on my team.
                          Teal and black forever!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JaguarsWoman View Post
                            Assuming that is an expert's observations, that means I don't want him on my team.
                            There is the Russ Land eval and then here is Tony Pauline's. I find it strange two evals could be so far apart. Often there is outright team hanky panky and lies about players to get players to drop in the draft. I have to say I watched all of the Senior Bowl telecast and saw nothing similar to what Land described but what we saw on TV was only a small part of practice. I have read a couple other evals on Nixon and neither were close to what Russ Land described. Tony's eval:

                            Xavier Nixon/OL/Florida: Nixon, the fine left tackle for the Gators, lined up at guard and tackle during Senior Bowl practice and looked good at both spots. He's relatively athletic and blocks with solid fundamentals. Nixon did a great job out-positioning defenders from the action and sealing them from plays. He opened the running lanes throughout scrimmage and also did a fine job protecting his quarterback. The versatility Nixon displayed on Wednesday will help improve his draft stock.

                            http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/ne...6-890e36105506
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                            • #15
                              http://forum.gatorsports.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=25376

                              Gator fans seem to be pretty happy getting rid of Nixon. Not one good comment sticking up for a player from their team in the draft does not look good.

                              Funny, one even has a sarcastic comment "It's Driskel's fault!"
                              Last edited by gs27; 01-24-2013, 11:57 PM.

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