Johnnie Dixon

Ohio State
WR
WO12

Prospect Info

College
Ohio State
Hometown
Class
West Palm Beach, FL
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
201 lbs
30 1/4”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

4.99
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.41
Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.43
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Dixon starred at West Palm Beach's Dwyer High School, earning four-star recruiting grades and finishing among the top five receiver prospects in the country. The Buckeyes' depth at the position kept him off the field for his first three years on campus. He redshirted in 2014 after playing in two games (no catches), and then made nominal contributions in 2015 (1-29 in five games) and 2016 (6-26-4.3 in seven games). Dixon became the team's deep threat as a junior, leading the team with eight touchdowns and averaging 23.4 yards per catch (18-422) in 13 games as a key reserve. Though he wasn't a team leader in receiving as a senior, his 42 receptions covered 669 yards (15.9) and nine scores in 14 contests (five starts) for the Big Ten champs. He also split kick-return duties during the season (13-240-18.5).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Appears to be a better athlete than football player at this juncture, but that could change with more work. He has early burst and top speed to challenge defenses over the top, but his lack of size and length works against him outside. Dixon is plenty quick for the slot, but has to improve his routes to have a chance against NFL corners who can read his route tells and crowd him at the top. His special teams value should give him a better shot at making a roster.
Strengths
  • Smooth strider with rapid turnover
  • Ramps up the long speed quickly if he gets a free release
  • His eight touchdowns in 2018 averaged 32 yards per catch
  • Aggressive hand slaps await jabbing press coverage
  • Feet are sudden with early acceleration
  • Quick-stop potential on comeback routes
  • Possesses athletic traits to improve separation skill
  • Works the middle of the field effectively
  • Finds open space in zone and catches with desired focus
  • Kick returner and gunner on punt team.
Weaknesses
  • Best-suited outside, but he's undersized
  • Arms are short and hands can be inconsistent
  • Distracted and detoured by press-corners who land on him early
  • Gets trapped against the sideline by longer cornerbacks
  • Doesn't allow intermediate routes to breathe and develop
  • Gives away upcoming route break with excessive lean
  • Lacks route savvy to step and stem coverage off of him
  • Average elusiveness and vision after the catch
  • Gets overwhelmed by size as a blocker.

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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