Scouting Report: Anthony Dixon

Written by Will Spencer on April 6, 2010



Anthony Dixon


Position: RB School: Mississippi State
Height: 6’0 3/4" Weight: 233 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.68

Overall Grade:

5.74

Draft Projection:

3rd/4th Round Fringe




Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 4.5
Speed 8 5
Quickness/Agility 10 5.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 5
Durability 8 8
Character 6 3
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 7


Running Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Between the tackles 8 7
Outside the tackles 8 3.5
Receiving 6 4
Ball carrying 8 6.5
Vision 10 7
Elusiveness 8 3
Pass Blocking 8 5
Leg Drive 8 7.5
Break Tackle 8 6



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Big, powerful back that takes on tacklers with ease. Solid between the tackles runner. A true downhill type. Can hit the crease and runs with a head of steam. Hard to bring down by a single tackler. Above average vision for a power back. Keeps his feet churning and doesn’t stop on impact. Always seems to fall forward when tackled, gaining the extra yard. Certainly not afraid of contact. A better pass catcher than given credit for. Does a nice job setting up the screen pass and has relatively soft hands. Keeps his eyes on the ball when making the catch.

Weaknesses

Can get easily frustrated by stout defenses. Runs upright, even though he usually gets his pad level down upon impact. Not a threat to run outside of the tackles and speed is marginal. Not a home run hitter. Change of direction skills are marginal at best. Was arrested for a DUI at the start of the 2009 season and was suspended for the season opener. Conditioning is a concern as he has carried more weight on his body that you’d like you see.


Analysis

Dixon is a pure “power back” in the NFL and could be a nice compliment to a speedy/small runner. Loves to run in short yardage situations. Dixon knows how to get the tough yards and would be a nice addition to a stable of running backs for an NFL team. There are concerns with Dixon’s character after a DUI arrest and also his conditioning as he’s been known to be heavier than you’d like. Also, Dixon has seen a tremendous amount of carries (910) in his career and with his running style, you have to wonder how long he’ll hold up….especially with his conditioning concerns.


Experience

Three year starter for Mississippi State.

Awards and Honors

2009: 1st team All-SEC.
2008: n/a
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Physical education major at Mississippi State.

Injuries

Never missed a game due to injury.

Off-field incidents

Dixon was arrested for DUI at the start of the 2009 season.


Career Stats
Year Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards TD
2009 257 1391 5.4 70 12 18 123 0
2008 197 869 4.4 71 7 20 117 2
2007 287 1066 3.7 30 14 14 167 2
2006 169 668 4.0 65 9 4 42 0







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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.