Scouting Report: Louis Nix III

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

 Louis Nix III

NT r-JR Notre Dame


   

Height: 6’2 ½”                       Weight: 331                   Arm length: 33”                         40 yard Dash: 5.42

Broad Jump: 97 in              Bench: DNP                    Vertical jump: 25.5 in               20 yard Shuttle: 4.92 sec       

 


Strengths

·         Full bodied prototype nose tackle

·         Strong anchor player who clogs the middle

·         Can’t be blocked one on one effectively

·         Plays with good leverage, wins battle

·         Very strong player

·         Very quick feet for man his size, very active

·         Good snap off the line

·         Disruptive penetrator who flashes in the passing game

·         Long arms to lock out defender

·         Disengages from blocks well

Weaknesses

·         Top end speed isn’t great. Not a chase player

·         Disruptive but doesn’t have enough moves to get to the QB

·         Inconsitent player who needs to be motivated

·         Fundamentals and focus go in and out

·         Gets overwhelmed by double teams and can’t disengage

·         Doesn’t play up to size all the time

·         Has documented injury history


Analysis:

Louis Nix is the best nose tackle in this draft. He’s one of the better prospects at the position in the past couple drafts as well. He’s a tough, physical run defender who has active hands and good feet. He doesn’t do a great job of keeping his feet clean but at least when he goes down he creates a clog in the middle of the line. He’s got consistency and injury issues that may push him out of the first round. Bottom line is that he’s very close to a plug and play nose tackle with a rare combination of size and quickness. Not as explosive or fast as Dontari Poe a couple years ago but he’s a strong run stuffer who will be successful if healthy at the next level.