The safety position was an area the Dallas Cowboys needed to improve in the draft. While I truly believe J.J. Wilcox is worthy of being a starter, Dallas needed to add a player who would provide some competition and a bring a type of swagger to the defense. With their third fifth-round pick, the Cowboys selected Baylor’s Ahmad Dixon. Projected to go in the third to fifth round, selecting Dixon in the seventh was a great value pick. It’s unlikely Dixon will be the starter for opening day. He will most likely be a special teams specialist and provide some competition behind Wilcox too.
The first thing you notice about Dixon is his ability to make the big hit in the open field. This trait is invaluable for a safety to have because it changes the way offenses attack you. While Dixon has a ton of ability to be a good in-the-box safety, he also shows nice vision and good fluidity to change directions when the ball is in the air. At 6’0″, 212 pounds, Dixon has good size for the safety position in the NFL.
Dixon has drawn comparisons to Jonathan Cyprien and a large part of that is because of his hitting ability and his vision. Dixon also has long arms, which tell me that he could play some cornerback if needed. Something interesting about drafting Dixon is that he was a linebacker for two years at Baylor. Wilcox played running back and receiver too in college. This shows that the Cowboys have now have two versatile safeties who are still relatively new to the safety position.
Final Grade: A
Stay tuned for our grade on seventh-round pick Ken Bishop.