Daviyon Nixon Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Iowa DL Daviyon Nixon is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Daviyon Nixon 

School: Iowa 

Year:  Redshirt Junior 

Position: Defensive lineman 

Measurements:  6’3 305 

 

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General Info:

Born 12/13/1998. From Kenosha, Wisconsin. Born with a learning disability. Attended Indian Trail high school. Played offensive tackle and defensive end in high school. Played varsity all four years. Played basketball all four years as well. Had 6 sacks and four forced fumbles as a high school senior. First team all-state and all conference as a senior. JUCO transfer from Iowa Western Community College after not getting admitted to Iowa (probably due to his learning disability).  5 sacks and 9 tackles for a loss in his one year at Iowa Western. Redshirted in 2018 when he first came to Iowa. Played in all 13 games in 2019 with one start. Put up 3 sacks and 5.5 tackles for a loss in 2019. Had five tackles and two sacks against Northwestern in 2019 as a backup. In 2020 he started all eight games. Recorded 45 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 13.5 tackles for a loss with one forced fumble and one pass break up. Also had one interception that he returned 71 yards for a TD against Penn State. Career high 11 tackles against Northwestern. Big 10 defensive player of the year. Played predominately 3-tech in Iowa's 4-3 but did see some snaps as a 5 tech with the defensive end standing up like a 3-4 linebacker. 

 

Positional Skills:

Positives: Nixon shows quickness to penetrate into the back field. He has long arms which helps free him from blockers. The defensive lineman shows strong hands when disengaging. He did play varsity basketball all four years of high school; which shows him to be a good overall athlete. Nixon has a good rip move that gets him past the offensive lineman and into the backfield. The quick penetrator plays hard. By example he keeps his feet moving. He even has a decent head fake to trick the blocker into setting one way and Nixon goes the other. Daviyon knows how to get skinny, so he can get past blockers and shoot gaps into the backfield. He is a good tackler; he has good form and rarely misses. Generally, he does a good job at finding the ball in the backfield. Nixon also shows a decent hands swipe in his pass rush repertoire. 

Negatives: The one-year starter is obviously raw, he only played two years at Iowa and only one of those as a starter in a shortened 2020 season. Nixon is not stout enough to play the 1-tech or nose tackle position. He is also not a pocket pusher because he lacks the lower body strength to bully blockers. Double teams can neutralize the former Kenosha product. He also has trouble disengaging from offensive linemen once they can get their hands on him. Nixon needs to develop counter moves once his first move doesn’t work. Offensive linemen can use his aggressiveness against him and get him turned and pushed out of the play. Daviyon is not a big hitter, you don’t see him blow up running backs or quarterbacks in the backfield. His hand swipe could use some more work; it could be quicker. The former Iowa defensive lineman could also stand to add some bulk to his lower body. This would help him hold his ground against blockers in the run game. 

 

Fit with the Packers:

He could definitely fit in next to Kenny Clark. Nixon is obviously a bit raw having only been a one-year starter at Iowa. So, he may not start as a rookie with his lack of experience. He would be probably the 2nd most talented DL on the roster after Clark though. He could really open things up for Clark and the linebackers. He’s a penetrator, he’s not going to go out there and destroy double teams. That’s just not his game. If he added some strength/bulk to his lower body that would help him contribute more in the run game. Daviyon would also make it difficult for teams to double Clark; Thus, allowing the Packers to bring more consistent pressure up the middle as well as the outside. The Packers also have an affinity for Iowa players. The front office seems to like how they are coached and taught by Ferentz and his staff. He has pro bowl potential. He is a borderline 1st rounder but will probably end up in the 2nd

 
 
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Leatherhead's picture

March 01, 2021 at 06:37 pm

Nixon has been on my radar since the season ended. He would definitely be a nice fit with Clark for four years. I agree with the author that it would be wise to not expect too much from a rookie DL.

I’ve seen him available at #29 on various Big Boards. Drafttek has him at #28. TheHuddleReport has him at #38. Walter football pegs him as a clear first round guy. So he might be there at #29, but not much later.

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March 01, 2021 at 09:00 pm

Not a one pick for him.

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stockholder's picture

March 01, 2021 at 07:14 pm

I like this guy. Easily could replace Lowrey. I'm sure Gute doesn't see him as a Rd 1 guy. And he will be gone by #62. I also doubt anyone lets Gute trade up to get him. So my evaluation: I Have him as a great trade back selection. Nice scouting report.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 01, 2021 at 09:05 pm

Make up your mind. OT or a trade down for a DT ? Best to hold for the OT in round one and get a CB free agent to replace King/ Make your DT move in rd two and secure another CB or WR/slot in round three. All three players have to contribute. No time for another ten year plan.

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stockholder's picture

March 02, 2021 at 07:28 am

I have. Barmore is my DT. Cosmi my OT. ( No CB for me in rd 1.). If a CB can't run 4.4. PASS!/// Rd. 3 gets traded for Barmore. ///So the move for a drafted CB has to be rd.2. But if Barmore, Cosmi and Tavon are gone, trade down. I like the secondary guys from LSU after 3.

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March 01, 2021 at 07:54 pm

He did a great job at Iowa. One game I saw him intercept a pass and he took it all the way back for a touchdown. He really had some great moves for a big guy and was truly impressive. Not sure how he would match up with the Packers compared to other talented defensive linemen in the draft but would like to see him in green and gold.

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March 01, 2021 at 07:59 pm

If we're looking for the disruptive type instead of an anchor, and clearly building for the future, this would be a good choice. Very athletic and nimble for a man his size; during his pick six against Penn St., he's actually high-stepping a bit and cutting back on his way to the end zone. But he's going to take time to develop in the pros. So are we going to be willing to see another very high draft choice either play minimal snaps or sit for his entire rookie season?

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Stroh's picture

March 01, 2021 at 10:06 pm

Profiles as another Keke. Maybe a decent backup but not a player that would really take pressure off Clark. If they get a DL, especially early, they must provide pass rush and be very good against the run. We have plenty of backup type guys already. Clark needs a playmaker next to him, not just body!

Hard pass Nixon. He doesn't have the ability to really help anymore more than Keke can, unless he's a 5th rd or so for depth. Just not starting material

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