Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Northwest Missouri State defensive back Brandon Dixon runs the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
This afternoon, we take a look at another member of the Jets’ draft class of 2014. This time, it’s a cornerback chosen in the sixth round, from Northwest Missouri St. University, who will be competing for the chance to start opposite Dee Milliner. His name is Brandon Dixon.
In his senior year, Brandon recorded five pass breakups, six interceptions and two touchdowns.
At the combine, he stood and 5’11” tall, and weighed in at 203 pounds. Brandon is fast, he ran the forty yard dash at a whopping 4.41 seconds to lead the category at his position.
Take a look at some video here:
First thing is that Brandon Dixon has good hands. If he gets the chance to pick one off he doesn’t drop it. I also liked that I saw him jam a wide receiver. We don’t see that very often in the college game. When Brandon diagnoses the play, his closing speed is terrific. 40 time does not always translate to on the field, but in his case it does.
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Brandon is a tad small for my taste. I would prefer my cornerback to be 6’1″ or so, but Brandon is clearly an athletic player with talent. He could serve to improve his tackling, make it more consistent. Sometimes he makes a solid tackle, right through his man, and sometimes he reaches. He also needs to diagnose plays faster. Sometimes Brandon gets lost in the shuffle.
Brandon Dixon has talent. It’s more likely that he will be a backup/special teamer,like Ellis Lankster. He will get his chance to make this roster, and Brandon has as good of a chance as anyone.