We are just 14 weeks away from the start of a new Ohio State Buckeyes football season!
Over the next several weeks, we’ll be breaking down key Buckeyes who will have a crucial role in the 2018 season and could go on to play in the NFL.
In the first part of this weekly series, we take a look at an electric playmaker at wide receiver, Johnnie Dixon. Plagued by injuries for most of his collegiate career, the Ohio State faithful finally saw what Dixon can do when healthy this past 2017 season. With only 18 receptions, Dixon averaged 23.4 yards per catch for a total of 422 yards and eight touchdowns. Dixon showed just how dynamic he can be with the ball in his hands on the limited receptions he had in 2017.
Listed at just 5’11” and 195 pounds, Dixon is considered undersized for the NFL and will probably not be able to out-physical his opponents, so he must rely on his speed and change of direction abilities. This play showcases how with only a little room, Dixon can burn pursuit angles as he takes it to the house on a short crossing route:
Dixon has great hands and was a reliable target and safety valve for J.T. Barrett all season long in 2017. Dixon was also excellent when facing zone defense as he was seemingly always able to find the soft spot in the middle of the field. Most receivers his size would avoid the middle but Dixon thrives and does most of his damage there.
As an NFL prospect, Dixon’s elite foot quickness and speed should appeal to teams enough that he gets a good shot at the next level.
The main concern NFL teams will probably have with Dixon is his injury history. Dixon has struggled with soft tissue injuries, mainly his hamstrings, his entire career while at Ohio State but if he can stay healthy this season, he will most likely hear his named called at the 2019 NFL Draft.
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