2. Ahmad Dixon (Safety)
Watch to Watch: Speed Turn Drill, 40-time, Bench Press
2013 Stats: 81 tackles, two tackles for loss, interception, six passes defended, forced fumble, blocked punt
Met with Chiefs: No
A physical, downhill player, Ahmad Dixon could be a decent consolation prize if he falls to the Chiefs in the third round. While he’s not as polished as Pryor, there are some things in Dixon’s game that could make him effective in KC’s defense.
Dixon plays very fast, so it’ll be interesting to see what his actual 40-time will be at the combine. There is an emotion in him that needs to be controlled, however. He was suspended twice for targeting and also cost his team a touchdown in the Texas game for celebrating. This isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but it does indicate he is a guy who needs to be a little more contained.
Unlike Pryor, he will not be a week one starter, but could develop into one quickly. There are some things he needs to learn about coverage, especially against wide receivers – he’s basically a linebacker playing safety right now. Dixon has the mindset and the tools to cover tight ends and secondary receivers.
The combine should be interesting to see what kind of ball skills he has. He played in the box a lot at Baylor and didn’t really get the chance to show what he can do with the ball in the air. The positional drills are going to be very revealing about where he is as a safety right now.