Scouting the SEC: Arkansas 

Consistently competitive, coach Houston Nutt has brought the Arkansas football program back to prominence. And while he's enjoyed a recent string of success, 2004 may be tough campaign for a team which lost a considerable amount of senior talent. While the roster possesses solid NFL prospects, unlike the past no single player stands out to pro scouts.

Quarterback Matt Jones is a solid collegiate signal caller who projects to receiver at the next level.  A patient and heady passer, Jones is as tough as they come and a player always working to make something positive happen.  Displaying almost a sixth sense on the football field, his draft positioning will be dictated by his ability to catch the ball and run fast in the post season.  Running back Decori Birmingham is a solid straight-line ball carrier that keeps his feet moving up the field and works his runs.  An undersized runner, Birmingham must have a productive season carrying the ball as well as catching it out of the backfield to get late round consideration.

Defensive tackle Arrion Dixon could be one of the more underrated NFL-prospects in the SEC.  An explosive lineman who quickly gets off the ball, Dixon plays low with leverage, gets momentum going up the field and works hard to make positive plays.  Resilient, he displays the ability to slide off blocks and has a closing burst of speed.  Lacking top overall strength Dixon is the type of lineman who must beat opponents with his first move or has difficulty beating them at all.  Though he does not test well athletically Dixon is a tenacious lineman an NFL coach will take a liking to.

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