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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Notre Dame DT Louis Nix III

03.20.14 at 3:16 pm ET
By will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.


Position: Defensive tackle

School: Notre Dame

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 342 pounds

Achievements: 2012 first-team All-Independent, 2012 third-team All-American

What he brings: Nix has been compared to Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, being a larger player who moves well and has good power.  He underwent knee surgery on Nov. 21 to repair a torn meniscus. According to ESPN’€™s Mel Kiper, there are concerns about his gap control. Nix has good awareness, hands, and a strong motor. There are concerns that he lets his emotions get the better of him on the playing field.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 1 (might require a trade to move up a few spots)

Notes: After a dominant 2012 season when he started 11 of 13 games and recorded 50 tackles, two sacks, 7.5 tackles for losses and five pass breakups, Nix missed five games in 2013 due to knee tendinitis. His final stat line in 2013 was 27 tackles, two being for a loss. … Nix’€™s nickname is “Irish Chocolate.”€ He has a YouTube channel called “€œChocolate News.”€

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Video: Here’s a look at Nix in action vs. Alabama in the 2013 BCS title game.

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