Xzavier Dickson, Edge Player, Alabama
Weight: 260 pounds
Arm Length: 33-½ inches
Hand size: 10 inches
NFL Combine Results:
40-yard dash: 4.74
3 cone drill: 7.56
20-yard shuttle: 4.53
Vertical jump: 29.5 inch
Broad jump: 100 inches
Bench press (225 pounds): 19
Pro Day Results
40-yard dash: 4.83 and 4.77
2014: 42 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, 9 sacks, two passes defensed
2013: 13 tackles, two TFL, one sack
2012: 33 tackles, 5 TFL 3.5 sacks one PD, one FF
2011: 3 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1/2 sack
Dickson is capable of playing an edge role in the NFL, meaning either a 4-3 defensive end, or a 3-4 outside linebacker. He has a high football IQ and an understanding of when to use speed, and when to use power to rush.
He has flashed a quick first step off the snap. He is surprisingly nimble and agile for a player his size. He has good understanding of balance and pad height, as well as leverage.
Dickson needs to add muscle to his body and trim down on fat. Despite playing four years, he was never a full-time starter—he was always a substitute. He has to get better and stronger when setting the edge against the run.
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He's a liability in coverage and limited athletically. He has questionable drive, motor and competitive spirit. At times, it looked like he took multiple plays off and when the play was past him, he gave up far too often.
How he fits with the Denver Broncos
Xzavier Dickson has the skill-set to be a situational pass rusher, but that is all he brings to the table early in his career. It would take time for him to grow as a player to be anything more than that. Even as a situational pass rusher, the Broncos could still find a use for him as a mid-late round pick.
The Broncos are deeper at pass rusher than many seem to think, but there are some question marks after DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller. A rookie would be no different, but drafting Dickson would add to the competition at the Broncos edge rushing positions. If Dickson is unable to get a spot on the roster, he potentially could be slipped onto the practice squad, while he continues to grow.
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