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Nix is unexpectedly quick and nimble for his size, but he also possesses impressive power and is an imposing presence on the interior line. He's expected to be selected late in the first round or early in the second by a team looking for someone capable of clogging the gaps and stuffing the run. Scouts think Nix has the potential to start immediately in the NFL due to his ability to push the line, anticipate the snap for a burst of power and change direction quickly. Those are big reasons why he can throw an opponent off balance, and may require him to be double-teamed. Despite this potential, Nix may have hurt his draft stock with an underwhelming combine. He finished last in the 3-cone drill with a time of 8.29 seconds, while his 5.42 40-yard dash was among the slowest. Scouts are also concerned with his work rate and commitment. He's known for taking plays off and his fitness tends to be a concern, and that could be a big reason why he drops to the second round. He also struggles to get his hands up on passing downs, failing to disengage from his opponent. Nix's health is also a worry after he missed the final five games of 2013 with a torn meniscus. Still, he's a strong run stopper with a jovial personality that resonates with teammates, fans and the media. If he's capable of transitioning to the NFL quickly, he could become an instant fan-favorite in any market.