[Photo Credit: NW Missouri Official Site]
The Saints love small school players like Brian Dixon and are always willing to give them a chance to compete for what they’ve always dreamt of: a job in the National Football League. It doesn’t always work out for the best but when it does you might end up with a Marques Colston (from Hofstra, Division I-AA), a Junior Galette (from Stillman College, Division II) or a Khiry Robinson (from West Texas A&M, Division II) on your roster.
Brian Dixon (6’0″, 195) could be the next hidden gem for the Saints. His twin brother, Brandon Dixon, was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round. They both played cornerback at the North Western Missouri State University where Brian appeared in 25 games, starting 22 of them. He recorded 51 tackles, 6 interceptions and recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Dixon is a good athlete but didn’t received an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, probably due to a high ankle sprain that forced him to miss a few games in 2013. At his pro day, attended by Saints’ DB coach Wes McGriff, Dixon ran a 4.41 40-yard dash (same as his brother!) and had a 30-1/2 vertical jump.
Despite the fact that he never faced high-level competition I think Brian Dixon has a shot at the Saints’ practice squad. The low-risk high-reward player could be a nice developmental guy for Rob Ryan and he might eventually be able to earn some playing time in the NFL.