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2021 NFL Draft Profile: Daviyon Nixon DL Iowa

The question is, who is getting a steal on day 2...

NCAA Football: Iowa at Illinois Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Although short lived, Daviyon Nixon’s impact was significant during his tenure as an Iowa Hawkeye, as he went on to record 19 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and a big guy pick-six against Penn State in 2020 that just so happened to go viral.

With day one of the draft in the books, Nixon has yet to hear his name be called. However, almost certainly on day two of the draft, Nixon will be finding out which city he’ll be calling home for the foreseeable future.

From an evaluation perspective, Nixon has all the makings of being the next big Iowa football success story on the defensive line, as he’s a big, disruptive playmaker with excellent technical skills who excels in both the run game and as a pass rusher. In addition, Nixon’s length and power make him versatile scheme fit for most NFL teams, which has become an invaluable trait in today’s NFL given how often defensive coordinators like to switch up their looks on defense to attempt to mitigate the offenses that are taking over the league.

That said, after a somewhat underwhelming pro day performance, many are left questioning what his next-level ceiling might be and perhaps that’s one of the main reasons he’s still sitting on the board here at the beginning of day two.

During this past college football season, we took an in-depth look at Nixon’s overall game and put it in video format. You can watch it here:

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