Akron receiver meets with Packers

The Green Bay Packers recently invited a fast-rising wide receiver from the University of Akron to their facilities. Check out who it is and why he has suddenly caught the attention of many NFL teams.

Dominik Hixon, Akron's explosive wide receiver and return specialist, met with the Packers in Green Bay last week, his agent has confirmed. Hixon has caught fire among a number of NFL teams lately after running an impressive time during his Pro Day workout in early March.

Hixon impressed NFL scouts with a time of 4.34 seconds, which is eye-popping since he wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. Apparently one of the league's scouting services had his best 40-yard dash time at 4.55 seconds, according to his agent Eric Metz, and now teams are scrambling to get a look at the speedy returner who has played on both sides of the line.

Metz said the 6-foot-0, 200-pound receiver has visits lined up with 10 other NFL teams, including the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks. Each team is allowed to invite up to 30 collegiate players to its facilities prior to the draft, though, it does not mean that it will select that player.

Hixon was in Green Bay last Tuesday and Wednesday. The Packers are seeking to build depth at wide receiver, especially with the uncertainty at the position. Javon Walker wants to be traded and the Packers still are not sure if Terrence Murphy, who sustained a serious neck injury last year, will be able to continue with his football career.

Hixon began as a free safety in Akron, starting 20 games and making his presence known with 176 tackles (117 solo). But when current Cleveland Browns quarterback Charlie Frye needed more talent at the wide receiver spot during his senior year, the Zips switched gears with Hixon. They moved him to the other side of the ball and he became a favorite target. After Frye moved on to the NFL, Hixon still excelled, finishing his collegiate career with 24 starts at wide receiver. He had 141 catches for 2,092 yards (14.8 average) and 14 touchdowns.

"He comes from a great family, a disciplined, military family full of real high quality people," said Metz. "His combination of athleticism, production and character would be a great asset for any team."

The versatile Hixon also would be a strong candidate to return punts and kickoffs after the Packers parted ways with Antonio Chatman (Bengals) this off-season. Hixon averaged 11.9 yards per punt return, and 23.9 yards per kickoff return for Akron.

"Teams are just catching on to him late in the process," Metz said. "They're having to scramble to do their due diligence on him."

Here is more on Hixon from Scout.com:

Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after career-best numbers of 75/1,210/8. Posted 66/882/6 as a junior. Four-year starter who originally played safety.

Positives: Explosive receiver with an improving game. Quickly gets off the line, immediately gets to top speed and beats opponents downfield. Finds the open spot in the defense and is effective running after the catch. Displays sharpness into routes and quickness out of breaks.

Negatives: Loses out in battles and gives marginal effort blocking. Tentative and still learning the position.

Analysis: A solid athlete who works hard on the field, Hixon offers plenty of potential yet still needs time to complete his game. Potential fourth receiver for an NFL squad.

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