NFL Draft Scouting Report: Baylor Bears Safety Ahmad Dixon

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Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears safety Ahmad Dixon (6) celebrates the defensive stop of the Iowa State Cyclones offense during the second half at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Ahmad Dixon

Position: Strong Safety

School: Baylor Bears

Class: Senior

Height: 6-0″

Arm Length: 32″

Weight: 205 lbs.

Hand Length” 9 5/8″

Many draft boards have the Cincinnati Bengals grabbing Justin Gilbert and Jason Verrett in the first round in this year’s NFL Draft. Even though depth at the corner position won’t hurt the Bengals, addressing some depth at the safety position should be a plan as well.

Dixon was named to the 2013 All-American First Team, 2013 All Big-12 First Team and was a participant in the 2014 Senior Bowl. Accolades are a piece of the puzzle, but making the plays on the field is what matters.

Dixon started 38 (26 at hybrid LB/DB, 12 at safety) of the 50 career games played. With Taylor Mays recovering from shoulder surgery and Chris Crocker on the verge of another retirement, bringing in Dixon would make a lot of sense.

Dixon (6-foot, 205 pounds) is a devastating hitter – just ask Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro — and has solid coverage skills. Dixon actually started all 26 games as a sophomore and junior at nickelback, totaling three interceptions to go with 11 tackles for loss.

He’s a Swiss Army Knife-type defensive back who could help the Bengals in a  number of ways.

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