NFL Draft Spotlight: Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State

by Cory J. Bonini on April 16, 2010 @ 19:00:00 PDT

 


Mississippi State senior running back Anthony Dixon is coming off his second season with more than 1,000 yards rushing. His 20009 campaign was arguably the best of his collegiate career: 1,391 rushing yards (5.4 per carry) and 12 touchdowns.

Strengths

  • Big frame: 6-foot 3/4, 233 pounds
  • Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon
    Potential 2010 fantasy contributor
    Powerful runner
  • Productive and experienced
  • Capable receiver out of the backfield
  • Built to hold up - hasn't missed a game due to injury in three years
  • Tough: played through a broken finger in 2006 and a groin injury in 2008
Weaknesses

  • Character concerns: arrested last July for driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and failure to provide proof of insurance
  • Not a very good blocker despite his size - can be lazy in his technique
  • Average speed (4.6s at the NFL Scouting Combine)
  • Little lateral ability - not going to juke many defenders
  • Weight and work ethic have been in question
Expected draft placement

Dixon has the makings of an NFL starting running back, but his intangibles make him a risky pick as anything higher than a third-rounder. The SEC's leading rusher in per-game average (126.5 yards), Dixon could find himself as part of an NFL starting backfield in his rookie year. He'll need to show the ability to pick up a playbook quickly and has to keep out of trouble, of course, but the sky is the limit for this punishing back.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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