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#73
Xavier Nixon
Team: Florida GatorsHeight: 6-6 Born:
Position: OLWeight: 314 Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
Class-Eligibility: Sr-Sr


Scouting Report
Raised in a military family, Nixon was a four-star recruit coming to Florida and didn't disappoint as a freshman, starting the final five games at left tackle in front of Tim Tebow in 2009. But he lost his starting job at times over the next three seasons, sometimes looking like a potential first-round pick and other times showing enough mental lapses to make scouts wonder if he has an NFL future at all. Nixon was invited to the combine but didn't participate due to a minor hamstring issue. Though Nixon spent most of his time at Florida at left tackle, he also played on the right side and then saw some reps at left guard during practice in the week leading up to the Senior Bowl. What that says is that teams are unconvinced he can cut it against some of the NFL's speedy edge rushers, but a move inside may work because of his run-blocking ability. He's fairly athletic and tends to get good leverage against rushers, and he's capable of getting to the second level and continuing to attack targets on the move. He also has long arms, which should help make up for his lack of technique if he finds himself primarily on the outside. Nixon tends to get off the ball late at times, and he has a reputation for giving up on plays after initial contact is made. That may seem surprising for someone who has dealt with discipline his whole life, but he won't be occupying a roster spot if that continues in the NFL. The raw tools and talent are there, but Nixon likely won't be picked before the fourth or fifth round due to his frustrating inconsistency.