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Anthony Dixon (RB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    233 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 5/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/4 in.
  • College:
    Mississippi St.
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: San Francisco 49ers
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 4 (173)
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Pick Analysis: The 49ers continue to get bigger, stronger and more physical. After taking Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati with their first two picks in the first round, they now get 240-pound RB Anthony Dixon from Mississippi State. Just when you think you've had enough of Frank Gore, they'll come downhill and smack you in the face with Dixon. The 49ers will bring a whole new physicality to the NFC West.

Overview

Dixon is a big, powerful back that runs with a good pad level and does a good job of keeping his feet alive to gain yards after contact. He lacks the speed to be a threat out wide or to take many all the way once he gets to the second level but he will move the chains and sustain drives. He can be a bit inconsistent when it comes to blocking but has the ability to deliver a good blow when he wants to. He will likely initially be a short yardage or red zone back that specializes in gaining the tough yards.


Strengths

Dixon is a big, bruising running back who was highly productive against premier competition in college. Displays the necessary power to consistently break tackles. Exhibits impressive balance on contact and is rarely brought down by the first tackler. Shows nice foot agility for a big, power back.

Weaknesses

His top end speed to be a threat on the perimeter or explode for long gainers up the middle is dubious. Must improve his ball security as he’s shown he will put the ball on the ground at times. Struggles getting to the outside.

Grade

5.4

 

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