NFL Draft Profiles: Pass Rushers (Part 1)

Next2 of 7Prev
Use your ← → (arrows) to browse

Sep 7, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) runs the ball at Notre Dame Fighting Irish player Louis Nix III (1) in the third quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

LOUIS NIX III

HEIGHT: 6-2 WEIGHT: 331 COLLEGE: Notre Dame

10 YARD SPLIT: 1.87 BENCH: 24 BROAD: 8’1″

Kansas City lacks a reasonable backup for Dontari Poe and could use some more depth when facing teams who have power running games. Their certainly going to need it this season when playing San Francisco and Seattle. Nix could be both the depth the Chiefs are looking for in addition to adding some intriguing options to their 2-3-6 formation.

Nix is a huge man with the skill set to be a strong pass rusher. There are some technical things he needs to figure out when facing double teams so he is not a polished prospect, but he should be able immediately. Handling Poe’s role in the running game shouldn’t be an issue for him.

Adding Nix could create some interesting matchups for Poe, Houston, and Hali when the Chiefs go to their 2-3-6 lineup. Poe and Nix combine to weight over 660 pounds between the two of them and are very quick athletes (though Nix is not as athletic as Poe). Offensive lines will have a lot to deal with on the inside between the two of them, which is going to either leave Hali or Houston in a one-on-one situation or force teams to keep a tight end in to help with pass protection.

Here’s Dane Brugler and Rob Rang’s take on Nix:

Plays hard with a feisty motor. Applies quick pressure by splitting gaps, using a quick arm-over swim move and bull-rushing his opponent deep into the pocket. Has the hand strength and initial get-off momentum to bully blockers on their heels, showing leverage and active limbs. Keeps his eyes on the ball and shows the awareness to anticipate and track plays.

Nix is thought to either be a first or second round prospect.

Next2 of 7Prev
Use your ← → (arrows) to browse
Next Chiefs Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep12:00Tennessee TitansBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Prospects Kansas City Chiefs

  • berttheclock

    Pat Kirwan of NFL Insider has an interesting view of this draft and it includes pass rushers. No, it is not a mock and he doesn’t break down the players. What he writes is more of a supply and demand view of the upcoming draft. He writes there are 10 NFL teams, not including the Chiefs, which are looking for defensive help in the first three rounds. He notes there are approximately 13 DE and OLB players of note in those rounds, a short supply of DTs and ILBs, plenty of corners, but, few safeties. The lack of quality safeties caught my eye because teams are going to have to draft near the top or seek trades.

    • mnelson52

      That is the very reason I would like to take the best pass rusher available at 23. Last year the Chiefs proved they could score against good teams, but also proved they couldn’t stop good teams with our defense. I think that was mostly due to a lack of pass rush against good teams. In the first half of the season the D-line collapsed the pocket which lead to a lot of sacks for Hali and Houston. The second half they faced good offensive lines and the QB could step up in the pocket to avoid Hali and Houston. I don’t think our team is built to win shootouts against good offenses, but our offense is good and can win games with a defense that can slow the other team down. I think to compete at a high level this year, improving the D-line is a must. I’m not blind to our other needs, but I don’t see any D-linemen on our team at the present that can make that improvement immediately. Catapono (probably not spelled right) is a possibility though if he improves this year. I think DeVito is good against the run, but I would like to see someone that can defend the run and the pass. A good rotational player would help but people like Manning and Rivers don’t usually give you time to rotate.

  • Tra Tha Chief

    EVERY LINEMAN THIS YEAR HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF TAKING PLAYS OFF….. JUST STOP THE NONSENSE…. NO ONE DOMINANTS EVERY PLAY…. TEAM CHIEFS FOR TEAM HAGEMAN!!!! LOOK AT HIS COMBINE STATS COMPARED TO THE OTHER LINEMAN HE BLOWS THEM AWAY……… COME ON PEOPLE DOES THIS NOT SOUND LIKE A FAMILIAR CENTER PEICE ON THE CHIEFS ALREADY???? DONTARI POE…. WAS ACCUSED FO TAKING PLAYS OFF, WAS ACCUSED OF PLAYING IN A LESSER CONFERENCE, WAS ACCUSED OF NOT USING THE BEST FORM WHEN RUSHING THE PASSER, WAS ACCUSED OF NOT HAVING THE BEST STATS….. ALL OF THESE WERE THE SAME THING PEOPLE SPOKE ABOUT DONTARI POE…. GROW UP WRITERS AND LOOK PAST YOUR EGO, AND THE BLAZING COLORS OF A SPEEDY WIDE OUT…. MAKE THE RIGHT/ STRONG MOVE, NOT THE MOVE EVERYONE WANTS, THE MOVE THAT NEED TO BE DONE…. AND AS ALWAYS GOOOOOOO CHIEFSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

    • Brian Dempsey

      Couldn’t agree more. Contrary to what people think, a 3-4 DE that can attack the QB is right there at the top of the list of needs for the Chiefs. This Defense was as soft as a freshly baked oatmeal cookie over the 2nd half of the season when they played against good Offenses. The pass-rush fell off and overall the Defense looked way too docile to suit me.

  • berttheclock

    Looking at the criticism of Hageman taking plays off does raise valid flags. The question does come down to when adding a new defensive lineman, are the Chiefs looking for a 3 down player or a rotational one who can blend with the ones already on board. Several of the linemen mentioned in the mock drafts appear to, either, have stamina issues or other limitations which would make them rotational. Aaron Donald appears to be one of the few who could play every defensive play. Yes, I remember the arguments against Poe very well (I was in the DeCastro camp) and some of those came from posters with valid credentials of playing and/or coaching behind them. I read the many comments about the lower caliber of conference play for him. But, Romeo Crennell was right and even better, Sutton turned him into a 3 down player who ended up with more snaps than other defensive players. So, perhaps, the coaches of the Chiefs can turn such as Hageman or others into valuable players.

  • Calchiefsfan

    You know the glaring need for the Chiefs this year is not WR, (though I would love to upgrade that position), but actually it is the DL and OL. FS is right there as well but between Commings and Abdullah I’m hoping that will be resolved.The question becomes value at the 23rd pick. Can we fill those needs if we trade down? Probably. Looks like we’re back to BPA or trading down.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Team Hageman in the house!