2013: First Team All-Independent. Played and started eight games. Missed five games due to torn meniscus and had surgery in November. 2012: First Team All-Independent. Played in all 13 games with 11 starts. Did not start against Michigan State or Pittsburgh. Led all Notre Dame defensive linemen with 50 tackles. 2011: First Team All-Independent. Played in all 13 games with 11 starts. Did not start vs USF or Navy. 2010: Redshirted. High School: SuperPrep All-American. Under Armour All-American. Misc: Film, television and theater major. Graduated in December.
Outstanding size. Commands a double team and has two-gap ability. Good quickness off the snap. Has press strength and power to push blockers into the backfield. Shows disruptive ability when his battery is charged. Flashes an arm-over. Redirects well for a big man. Nice pursuit effort. Strong wrap tackler. Scheme versatile.
Can play with better leverage against double teams. Does not dominate single blocking. Needs to improve hand use -- punch impact, counter moves and shed timing. Limited pass-rush value (minimal sack production). Can do a better job protecting his legs -- is not as strong on his pegs as you'd expect and spends too much time on the ground. Conditioning and stamina will have to be monitored -- takes plays off and weight has fluctuated.
Despite standing to benefit from a more dominant senior season in South Bend, Nix, who already graduated, opted to forgo his final year of eligibility in order to provide for 13 siblings. He does not enter the NFL with momentum, having coped with knee tendinitis before season-ending surgery to repair a torn left meniscus, and too often his gregarious personality and media hype overshadowed his performance. However, if the massive interior defender taps into his power more consistently, Nix has ample mass, strength and athleticism to anchor a "30" front as a space-eating, block-occupying run stuffer.