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Northwest Missouri State cornerback doesn’t lack for confidence

Bearcat touts himself

One player at the NFL Combine who doesn’t lack confidence is Northwest Missouri State cornerback Brandon Dixon, who was asked what sets him apart from the players at his position in this draft.

“I think I’m the best press-man corner in this draft,” Dixon said. “That’s what I think and that’s what I should think because I’m a cornerback. I’m pretty sure the other guys are gonna say they’re the best cornerbacks in this draft, too.”

Dixon, who is listed at 5 feet 11 and 203 pounds and finished last season with 36 tackles, 11 pass breakups and an interception, was asked for his impressions of the Chiefs’ defense.

“Man, the Chiefs need to pick me up,” he said with a laugh. “I think I could start on the Chiefs. I’m not trying to be cocky or nothing like that, but I think I could compete for a starting job. I love the type of defense the play; they play a lot of press-man and I love it. I’d really love to get to them.”

Dixon said he’s talked to a couple Chiefs’ scouts who visited him at Northwest Missouri State, but hadn’t had a formal combine with them, as of Sunday.

Dixon, a Pompano Beach, Fla., native who also played at Joliet Junior College in Illinois, said his small-school roots have given him plenty of motivation as he begins his journey to the NFL.

“I do have a chip on my shoulder,” Dixon said. “I feel like I have to prove myself to the world.”


“I just feel sexier”

Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III checked in at a whopping 6 feet 2 and 331 pounds, which he said actually represented a 23-pound weight loss since January.

Nix, a legitimate run-stuffer for one of the nation’s best defenses in 2014, said he lost the weight at the behest of NFL teams. However, he joked that the weight loss has also come with some additional benefits.

“Yeah man, my stomach doesn’t stick out as much, that’s kind of nice,” Nix said. “I like that part. My thighs got a little smaller. I just feel sexier, man.”

Nix was then asked if that was the weight he wanted to stay at before the draft.

“It depends on who you ask,” Nix said. “If somebody wants me to stay there, I’ll stay. If they want me to get sexier, then I got it.”

Report: cap will increase

A source told ESPN’s John Clayton over the weekend that the NFL’s 2014 salary cap is expected to jump to $132 million, a rise over the $130 million figure that was reported late last week by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and a significant rise over the $126-$128 million that had previously been projected before that.

This, of course, is good news for the cash-strapped Chiefs, who former agent and salary-cap expert Joel Corry said Thursday were expected to be working with $6.62 million in free agency, barring any additional roster moves. Clayton’s report means that number could jump to $8.62 million when the league announces its official salary cap in early March.


This Gorilla can move

Pitt State receiver John Brown blew up the track Sunday, recording an official 40-yard dash time of 4.34, second-best among all receivers behind Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks (4.33).

Other local players who ran the 40-yard dash this weekend include receiver Marcus Lucas (4.6), receiver L’Damian Washington (4.46), running back Henry Josey (4.43), offensive tackle Justin Britt (5.19) of Missouri, and tight end Reggie Jordan (4.7) of Missouri Western.

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