D'Cota Dixon

Wisconsin
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DB45

Prospect Info

College
Wisconsin
Hometown
Class
Oak Hill, Fla.
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
204 lbs
29 1/4”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.26
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.81
Seconds
 
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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Dixon has overcome a rough childhood to become a leader in the Wisconsin secondary. His mother struggled with substance abuse, his brother went to jail after shooting an officer, and his father had his own issues with addiction (and passed away from a heart attack after being clean for a year). He managed to excel in high school football despite those circumstances, and was named a two-time All-State pick. Dixon played in three games as a true freshman (three tackles), but redshirted the season due to injury. He returned to play in all 13 games as a reserve defensive back in 2015 (16 tackles, one pass breakup) before getting his shot as a starter as a sophomore. He started all 14 games, posting 60 tackles, 2.5 for loss, four interceptions and four pass breakups. His most noteworthy pick was the game-clincher against LSU in Lambeau Field, after which Tigers guard Josh Boutte leveled him. Injuries nagged at Dixon throughout the 2017 season, but he started 9 of 12 games played (55 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, one INT, three PBU). A foot injury limited Dixon in the middle of his final season with the Badgers but Big Ten coaches still voted him third-team all-conference (43 tackles, 2.5 for loss, three pass breakups in nine starts).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Overview
Although he was an interchangeable, versatile safety in college, Dixon may need a more static position in the pros to minimize his exposure. He can handle man cover duties, but his instincts and anticipation aren't good enough to make up for his lack of closing burst and his lack of height limits his ability to challenge deep jump balls. He does have some talent, however, and could compete for a backup role with an eye on dime linebacker or a Cover-2, Cover-4 safety.
Strengths
  • Tremendous mental toughness
  • Ability to overcome personal adversity and succeed is well-documented
  • Weight-room warrior and explosive tester
  • Deployed around the field over last two seasons
  • Decent plant-and-drive from his backpedal
  • Takes good angles in breaks on the ball Separates ball from receiver with pop at impact
  • Mirrors with some effectiveness in deep zone
  • Consistent energy in run support
  • Quick run diagnosis puts him in position to make plays
  • Races hard into the alley to and looks up ball-carriers
  • Plays the game under control
Weaknesses
  • Lack of height shows up on tape
  • Struggles to compete at high-point giving away interception opportunities
  • Likely to be out-positioned by NFL size down the field
  • Average athleticism to pedal and transition in off-man
  • Inconsistent ball production during career
  • Takes a beat too long to break on the ball
  • Lacks transition quickness and route anticipation to be a ball-hawk
  • Average speed and below average burst to close
  • Aggressive flow to football causes some overruns
  • Will need additional aggressiveness as NFL run stopper

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league