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2016 NFL Draft results: Ravens pick RB Kenneth Dixon in round four

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The Ravens have added another running back to their talented group of backs.

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For the second year in a row, the Ravens have drafted a running back in the fourth round. Last year it was Javorius 'Buck' Allen, this year, the man is Kenneth Dixon. Dixon is a strong and powerful rusher who plays through the whistle with a lot of heart. Many gave him a good evaluation and believed that he could be a third round pick. Dixon possesses all of the keys to be a good all-around back in the NFL, and it appears that the Ravens got a great guy at the end of the fourth.

Collegiate Stats

Rushing & Receiving

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Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2012 Louisiana Tech WAC RB 12 200 1194 6.0 27 10 35 3.5 1 210 1229 5.9 28
2013 Louisiana Tech CUSA SO RB 10 151 917 6.1 4 14 85 6.1 1 165 1002 6.1 5
*2014 Louisiana Tech CUSA JR RB 14 253 1299 5.1 22 30 385 12.8 6 283 1684 6.0 28
2015 Louisiana Tech CUSA SR RB 11 198 1073 5.4 19 33 464 14.1 7 231 1537 6.7 26
Career Louisiana Tech 802 4483 5.6 72 87 969 11.1 15 889 5452 6.1 87

Scouting Report:

(NFL.com)

STRENGTHS

Hungry runner who almost never gives in to the defender. Light on his feet using outstanding jump ­cut and lateral quickness to sidestep danger in the backfield and create a positive play. Elusiveness on second level often leaves tacklers grasping at air. Able to string moves together and hit the explosive play. Despite being keyed on, still creates yardage for himself. Determined and competitive. Accelerates through initial contact and squeezes carries for everything he can. Averaged almost twice as many yards per carry after first contact (3.3) than before first contact (1.7). Greedy eater when endzone in his sights with 39 rushing touchdowns since 2014. Quick recognition of defensive flow and adjusts running lanes accordingly. Decisive runner with plus burst and ability to charge it up to his top speed instantly. Has very good feel for running lanes and tacklers and is able to navigate both without much wasted movement. Violent finisher for his size and enjoys thumping corners and safeties. Reliable pass catcher who can hurt teams out of the backfield.

WEAKNESSES

Very average thickness through lower half. Struggled with a knee injury in 2013 and missed two games in 2015 with an ankle injury. Physical running style could lead to durability concerns. Not as likely to slip out of side doors against substantially better competition. Average long speed makes him more slasher than home-run hitter. Competitive resolve leads him to try and do too much on some snaps. Base narrows in space and can be susceptible to shoestring tackles. Aggression and competitiveness as a runner isn’t as readily available in pass protection. Needs to improve ball security. Has fumbled 13 times over last three seasons.

Stay tuned as the Ravens are just getting started!

The Ravens have the following selections in day three:

RD 4 (104th overall) - Tavon Young, CB, Temple

RD 4 (107th overall) - Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati

RD 4 (130th overall) - Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska

RD 4 (132nd overall) - Willie Henry, DT, Michigan

RD 4 (134th overall) - Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

RD 5 (146th overall)

RD 6 (182nd overall)

RD 6 (209th overall)