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Scouting Report: Louis Nix III


With the offseason underway, it is draft/free agency season. In this segment, “Scouting Report”, I will be posting scouting reports of who I believe the Cowboys should covet in the 2014 NFL Draft. Stay tuned daily, as I will be writing a few per day.

Background

Louis Nix III’s NFL Draft campaign started in 2012 when the Fighting Irish’s top ranked defense was headed by Nix III & Manti Te’o. In 2012, he was a first team All-Independent. Before 2013, he was selected to the Pre-Season All-American team. His 2013 season was cut short because of a knee injury.

Measurements

- 6-3, 345 pounds

- 24-inch vertical

Info

- Decided to come back to school after 2012 to graduate

- Lost his starting job in the beginning of 2012, before reclaiming it

- In 2012, led Fighting Irish to Nation’s best defense

Strengths

- Disruptive in the middle

- Explosive, despite his big body

- Excellent footwork

- Extremely quick off the ball, great first step

- Excellent run-stuffer

- Rare combination of power, size, and quickness

- A complete hole-clogger

- Can take on double teams in Dallas’ 4-3, or can play nose tackle in a 3-4

Weaknesses

- Not a good pass rusher

- Appears fatigued in later part of games

- Has had tendinitis in his knee before

- In between 3-4 defense or a 4-3 defense, needs to bulk up or lose weight

- Minor character issues

The Fit

Instead of a guy who is versatile like Hagemen, the Cowboys could select a space-eater like Nix III. In Dallas’ 4-3, Nix could serve as one of the defensive tackles to just take away the middle of the line. He is also very underrated when it comes to his size. He may weigh 340 pounds, but he runs like he’s 310 pounds. The Cowboys could put him next to DeMarcus Ware. This would take away the double teams Ware constantly receives.

Scout Grade: 84/100

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Ware Jason Garrett Jerry Jones Louis Nix III Notre Dame Fighting Irish