Positives: Large interior runner with vision and instincts. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and quickly finds the running lanes. Displays a burst of speed, keeps his feet driving up the field, and works runs hard. Grinds it out on the inside, resilient, and stays with the play, trying to pick up as much yardage as possible. Breaks tackles or picks up a lot yardage off initial contact. Falls forward when tackled. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield.
Negatives: Not elusive ball-carrier who makes defenders miss or creates yardage. Average speed in his overall game.
Analysis: Dixon is a hard charging ball-carrier who can be a featured runner at the next level. In many ways he reminds us of Michael Turner at this point in his career, and like the Atlanta Falcons ball-carrier, Dixon could eventually develop into a starter over time.
Sounds like another 'downhill runner' type, this guy only went this far because of a DUI charge/college suspension last summer (was supposed to be a day 2 talent), if this guy shows up hungry enough he could put Glenn Coffee out of a job for sure.
I like the value for where we picked him but I was hoping to get a change of pace back not another big bruiser. Brandon James was still available and he could backup Ginn in the KR/PR duties as well as be a 3rd down back and has better speed.
Definitely not the change of pace back I was hoping we'd pick up in this draft, but talk about huge value and finally a solution to our short yard woes. Though I think he can become more than just a situational back. Coffee's going to have to step up his game with this guy around.
Originally posted by gravelburn: Definitely not the change of pace back I was hoping we'd pick up in this draft, but talk about huge value and finally a solution to our short yard woes. Though I think he can become more than just a situational back. Coffee's going to have to step up his game with this guy around.
You're hinting on a question I had as soon as I heard Dixon was drafted: if Gore's the feature back and Dixon potentially being short-yardage, how will Coffee be utilized?
Originally posted by Tru2RedNGold25: Mississippi's State all time leading rusher not bad
GOOD NOW WE CAN GET RID OF Michael Robinson so we can give Dixon #24
im still wondering why the niners didnt address the Cornerback position in the draft
i hope we dont have the problem this year how we had with not drafting a O linemen last year in the draft
Please tell me you're joking.
Robinson will probably be gone now that we have Gore, Coffee, and Dixon.
As much as I salivate thinking of the potential we have in the backfield, I struggle with thinking any of these three can take MRob's place on ST and as a team leader. I can't say MRob can play HB as well as any of the others, but I can definitely debate he's as good an overall athlete, if not a better overall athlete, than the others. But, if we have others who bump up their game on ST then perhaps MRob's time is indeed limited.
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