They played together at Joliet Junior College, with both earning All-American honors, before transferring to Northwest Missouri State.
In 2012, Brandon intercepted five passes. So did Brian.
In 2013, Brandon intercepted one pass. So did Brian.
It was Brandon, however, who received the coveted invitation to the Scouting Combine. He ran his 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds.
With only a pro day to impress scouts, Brian ran his 40 in — you guessed it — 4.41 seconds.
"It was a very important day for me," said Brian Dixon, who worked out for and had a predraft visit with the Green Bay Packers. "I had to post the same 40 as my brother — or do better — just to prove I can compete in the NFL. They had me at a 4.3 at pro day and some Web sites had me at a 4.41, so I feel like I did real well. My position drills, my bench press, my broad jump, I did very good. It was very important to show scouts that I have the same capabilities as my brother."
Brandon, a first-team D2football.com All-American as a senior, had a 32.5-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-8 broad jump, 4.27 short shuttle and 7.15 three-cone time at the Combine. Brian, a second-team All-American, beat his brother with a 10-foot-4 broad jump and 7.07 three-cone, though he fell short with a 30.5-inch vertical and 4.59 short shuttle.
Not that anyone was keeping score.
Darren Whitley, Northwest Missouri State
"We've always been competitive," Brian said. "We always tried to beat each others' stats each and every year. In Pop Warner football, we tried to get the most touchdowns. In college, get the most interceptions. These last two years at Northwest, our stats are very similar. We are very competitive, even in practice. In fall camp, we tried to get the most interceptions, the most tackles. We compete with everything. Even playing a game, NBA2K, we compete at that."
Dixon (6-0, 196) has taken four visits. His trip to Green Bay was a memorable one.
"I liked the coaches there, I liked the facilities," he said. "It's like a family — it's all about family over there, and I like that. Everybody's for everybody over there. Everyone's not out for themselves. It's a team atmosphere."
Dixon believes he's the "best ... man-press cornerback" in the draft. That would fit the Packers' preference.
"Green Bay does the same thing as Northwest," he said. "They show different schemes. The coach at Green Bay (Joe Whitt), he doesn't care what you do as long as you get the job done. I really like Green Bay's style of play and how the cornerback coach coaches them. There's a lot of moving around and disguising of coverages."
As the long countdown to the draft finally reaches its final week, Dixon is soaking it all in. Rather than feeling stress and uncertainty, he's "enjoying the process" as his NFL dreams are about to come true.
Has he considered what that moment will be like when his phone rings next Saturday, either late in the draft or in college free agency, and it's his future employer on the other end of the line?
"I've been swimming in the sea and keeping my head down," Dixon said. "I'm going to be happy that all the work I put in ... it's great to see somebody like me, who's a hard worker, have his dreams be fulfilled. It'll be a great feeling to get that phone call on Saturday, for both me and my brother, because I know how hard he's worked. I believe in the saying ‘Hard work pays off.' It would feel good to hear that phone ring on draft day. Real good."
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