Finding Broncos: Xzavier Dickson, Edge Player

In the latest edition of Finding Broncos, MHH Analyst Erick Trickel takes a look at the Crimson Tide's Xzavier Dickson. Dickson was a rotational edge player for Alabama, but had a breakout senior year.

Xzavier Dickson, Edge Player, Alabama

Measurables:

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 260 pounds

Arm Length: 33-½ inches

Hand size: 10 inches

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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

College Stats:

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

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook.

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