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Louis Nix | Defensive Tackle

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/31/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 340

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Texans selected Notre Dame NT Louis Nix with the No. 83 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Nix (6-foot-2 3/8, 331) made 30 starts at nose tackle in Notre Dame's 3-4, tallying 14 career TFLs and 2.5 sacks. He missed five games during the 2013 campaign with a knee injury that was repaired surgically by Dr. James Andrews in November. A true two-gap "zero technique" in the Vince Wilfork mold, Nix possesses big hands (10"), relatively long arms (33") for his size, and the playing mentality of a run-stuffing space eater. He may have to sub out on passing downs early in his career, but is quick enough to collapse the pocket with brute power. Nix slipped in the draft after a disappointing final year in South Bend, but at surface level is a perfect fit for Romeo Crennel's scheme. The Texans have an awfully impressive front seven on paper. May 9 - 10:29 PM

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ESPN's Todd McShay says that NFL teams are concerned about Notre Dame NT Louis Nix's desire based on his playing shape and social media usage.

"They're just concerned that his focus and desire aren't where they should be," McShay said. Nix, known as "Irish Chocolate" online, produced a YouTube series called "Chocolate News" which included such segments as going to Costco. He also made fun of Brian Kelly to the coach's face. SB Nation asked Nix about what he was asked about during the interview process of the combine: "Maybe they thought I was too laid back, I don't know, but I just like being laid back and friendly and a cute person, but like I said I can be mean when it's time to," he said. "I just be myself, I'm not changing for anybody." The 6-foot-2 3/8 and 331-pounder could go as high as the mid-first round, or he could drop into the second.
Apr 23 - 6:40 PM

After watching Notre Dame NT Louis Nix's 2012 tape, Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl notes that Nix was clearly not healthy.

"Went back and watched 2012 tape of Nix this morning. Quicker and more disruptive. Clearly was not 100% this fall," Weidl tweeted. Unfortunately for Nix his meniscus tear and knee tendinitis got the best of him in 2013. Nix was able to get surgery to fix his torn meniscus back in November and is on the road to a full recovery. At 6-foot-2 3/8 and 331-pounds, Nix is on a strict diet and training program. Hopefully Nix will be able to take advantage of his athleticism at a lower playing weight. Look for Nix to hear his name called in the second round of the draft.
Apr 22 - 2:56 PM

The Bears recently hosted Notre Dame NT Louis Nix for a visit, according to beat writer Brad Briggs.

This counts as one of the Bears' 30 visits. Nix had a down 2013, mainly due to injury, and finished the season on the bench. However, Nix was Notre Dame's best player in 2012 and flashed shades of Vince Wilfork. He is not the typical nose tackle, meaning Nix can get one to two yards in the opponents' backfield and reset the line of scrimmage.
Apr 15 - 11:43 AM

An NFC personnel man sees Notre Dame DT Louis Nix as a 3-4 nose tackle who is incompatible with a 4-3 scheme.

An AFC executive quoted in the NJ.com story calls Nix a "classic nose tackle" who reminds him of B.J. Raji. "You put some people around him," the exec said, "and he could make an impact." A scout quoted in the story disagrees: "I don’t see much there. He’s not for us." The massive 6-foot-2 3/8 and 331-pound prospect draws concerns over stamina and questions over his long-term ability to stay healthy. A smart coaching staff, however, should be able to mitigate both concerns by using him judicially. Nix is often compared to Vince Wilfork.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 13 - 7:58 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Notre Dame DT Louis Nix will go early in Round 2 and also thinks a drop could be coming.

The lowest Kiper could see him falling is to San Diego in the second round with the No. 57 overall pick. "Nix could drop some from where I had him ranked going back to the season, and he could fall because he's not a player any team can draft," Kiper wrote. "He's more of a zero- or 1-technique, and you look for a fit as much as value."
Apr 8 - 10:13 PM

Notre Dame DT Louis Nix is on a strict diet and training program.

The diet features plenty of vegetables and individually designed shot-glass sized supplements. The massive 6-foot-2 3/8 and 331-pound prospect also has a cold tub regimen. Nix, a fluid mover for such a mass of humanity, flashed Vince Wilfork-like skills in 2012 but regressed a bit in 2013. Perhaps the program will renew his vigor.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 8:02 PM

NFL.com's Bryan Fischer thinks that the Lions could draft a DT to motivate Nick Fairley.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew publicly questioned Fairley in an interview with MLive.com in explaining why he's not picking up the defensive tackle's fifth-year option: "I have to ask myself, 'Is he a $5.5 million player right now?' There are some performances where he is, and some performances where he's not." The Lions aren't likely to take a DT with the No. 10 overall pick, but Fischer believes Notre Dame's Louis Nix III or Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman could be options in the second round if either slip out of the first.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 8:22 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn spoke with one scout who works for a team that uses a 4-3 defense that said Notre Dame DT Louis Nix does not fit their scheme.

"He's just a hold-the-point nose tackle," the same scout said. "He doesn't fit us, but for the 3-4 teams there's a lot of value." Nix is being labeled as purely a 0 technique nose tackle, and our own Josh Norris thinks he should not be pigeonholed to one spot. Nix does not have the versatility of Star Lotulelei, but he can move pretty well for such a big man.
Mar 2 - 12:10 PM

Notre Dame NT Louis Nix posted forty times of 5.35 and 5.37 at the NFL Combine.

"Irish Chocolate is molasses in the 40," said NFL Network's Mike Mayock, invoking Nix's nickname. The massive 6-foot-2 3/8 and 331-pound prospect will be holding down the interior of an NFL defensive line very soon. We're concerned about Nix's stamina and long-term ability to stay healthy, but a smart coaching staff should be able to mitigate both concerns by using him judicially. Nix, often compared to Vince Wilfork, might fit best in a 3-4 scheme. Mayock, also a Notre Dame TV broadcaster, said Nix "doesn't play with the same consistency" as Pitt's Aaron Donald or Florida State's Timmy Jernigan.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 8:13 PM

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called Notre Dame NT Louis Nix "a prototypical nose tackle."

Mayock, also an NBC Notre Dame football broadcaster, ranks Nix as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect, followed by Timmy Jernigan of Florida State, Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald, Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman and Florida's Dominique Easley. "When you put all the composites of Louis Nix together — when he's healthy, when he's in shape, when he plays with leverage and doesn't stand up — when you put all that together, he's a top-20 pick," Mayock said.
Feb 23 - 2:24 PM

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock lists Notre Dame NT Louis Nix atop his defensive tackle rankings.

The rankings come without comment, but we assume Mayock is attracted to Nix's Vince Wilfork-like skill set. Mayock isn't alone in admiration, as Nix remains a Top-10 prospect on Josh Norris' board. Mayock ranks Timmy Jernigan of Florida State as the draft's No. 2 DT, followed by Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald, Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota and Florida's Dominique Easley.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 11:28 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Notre Dame NT Louis Nix has rare burst and carries his weight well.

"I hope Louis Nix is healthy and his knee allows him to work out at the Combine," Brugler tweeted, adding the big man is a versatile player along the defensive line. Nix flashed Vince Wilfork-like skills in 2012 but seemed to be limited in 2013. He remains a top 10 prospect on Josh Norris' board.
Feb 16 - 10:20 AM

Steelers beat writer Mark Kaboly believes Notre Dame NT Louis Nix might not make sense for the team in the first-round.

"Unless he can stay on field as sub package rush (defensive lineman) it is a waste," Kaboly tweeted, adding there is no value at nose tackle in the first round for the Steelers. Our own Josh Norris thinks there are flashes of Vince Wilfork in Nix's game, since he can reset the line of scrimmage and make plays past or at the line of scrimmage. Run defense is also a major weakness for the Steelers, forcing them to devote more attention and players to stopping it.
Feb 12 - 12:06 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline considers Notre Dame DT Louis Nix and Pitt DT Aaron Donald to be the only first-round worthy prospects at their position.

Pauline lists Nix over Donald, and the duo is followed by Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman, Florida State's Timmy Jernigan and Arizona State's Will Sutton. Pauline lists Dominique Easley, a favorite of Rotoworld's Josh Norris', as a fourth-round grade.
Feb 4 - 2:08 PM