With their third seventh-round pick, the Dallas Cowboys added yet another Texas product in Baylor’s Ahmad Dixon. I’m a big fan of this pick because I had Dixon going in the fourth-round. I have said before how the Cowboys should wait until the later rounds to draft a safety and they did so by waiting until the seventh round to draft one. The Cowboys love what they have in Matt Johnson and J.J. Wilcox, but Johnson hasn’t stayed healthy and Wilcox’s play tailed off after his concussion injury last year.
Dixon is a bit small at 5’11″, but he plays with a chip on his shoulder. At his Baylor workout, Dixon ran a 4.48 40-yard dash. This shows his quickness, which is a good thing for the NFL because his quick speed will allow him to find the ball in the air and get to it. I want to see Dixon become more of a playmaker, but I can’t complain about drafting a safety like Dixon.
In my opinion, Wilcox is going to be a good player in the NFL. He’s only played the safety position for three years, as he came to Georgia Southern as a wide receiver. Wilcox has good speed and his ball skills are off the charts. A concussion injury in Week 6 hurt his 2014 season. Stephen Jones also said how Wilcox’s mother’s death had a big impact on Wilcox. When Wilcox started training camp, he seemed primed for a strong rookie season. Midway through training camp, Wilcox went back home in Georgia to visit his ailing mother. Imagine starting your first football game less than a week after your mother sided. The Cowboys need to give Wilcox another year to prove himself, but it was a good idea to add some insurance in Dixon. The Baylor product will be a nice player on special teams, as he will fill the role that Danny McCray had.