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Dixon | Florida Gators prospect recap

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Dixon | Florida Gators prospect recap

This is a compilation of the players I know best: the former teammates I practiced with, played with and even enjoyed the Gainesville nightlife with. I know them well, these are the Florida Gators in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Linebacker Jarrad Davis

He is one of my favorite players that I have gotten the chance to play with. If you want to hear how a REAL football player lives and breathes, listen to the exclusive interview Joe Marino and I had with Davis on the DraftDudes podcast. He plays smash mouth, old school football, with explosive speed. His speed can easily stop the run the width of the field and deliver big hits on the ball carrier.

After all, his motto is “see ball, kill ball” which basically means “whoever has the rock has to give it up.” During my time at the University of Florida, Davis was always around the facility either working out, getting recovery, watching film or just socializing with people. He lives at the facility and I don’t see that changing once he is in the league.

Even when we were getting haircuts in the team meeting rooms, JD would join us, only to watch film. It was this work ethic that made it easy for people to respect him but it was his thunderous hits, production, and holding everyone in the organization accountable that solidified his leadership role.

Aside from his tenacious work ethic, he will be effective in the NFL because he has the speed to travel sideline to sideline and track down the fastest ball carriers.

However, if the ball carrier wants to go head up with him, he welcomes the opportunity to meet running backs in the hole and deliver a blow that will make the ball carrier think twice the next time. I see him best suited as an outside linebacker because he has the speed to track a ball carrier to the opposite hash and cover tight ends/wide receivers.

He has the speed to run in man coverage with TE’s but he will need to improve dropping into zone coverage. However, he watches enough film to cut down the mini seconds of false steps in his drop back. He will need to do better with flying so fast to the ball that he gets to the spot not in control enough to make the tackle.

Although his speed forces the ball carrier to readjust their path, he needs to become more consistent as an open field tackler. He could fall in the draft because he got hurt last year but he has the potential to be a starter from day one and continue to become a future pro bowler. NFL teammates will gravitate toward him quickly because he carries himself as a leader yet humble person who is family oriented and all about football. Football is about Xs and Os but at the end of the day the ability to sense when a player has that *IT* factor is critical to putting a team together.

Jarrad Davis has IT, so the NFL team that drafts him is getting a heck of a player and potential pro bowler.

*With time running out, JD has game winning mentality when he tackles teammate to secure the win rather than allowing teammate to score and risk opportunity for other team to make a play.

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Roger Dixon Jr

Roger is a native of Orlando, FL. After excelling in DII football his first 2 seasons, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing on the Florida Gators football team, where he was named Special Teams Player of the Year and Team Captain. He earned his degree in Economics from UF's Warrington College of Business. Roger brings a passion for football and unique perspective of what it takes to be successful in football at the highest level.

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