The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed 12 college free agents to battle it out for a chance to join the 2012 NFC East champs.
One of those players is Florida offensive lineman Xavier Nixon.
Ask Nixon his thoughts on blocking for the duo and I’m positive that he jumped in excitement higher than No. 10 himself did at the 2012 NFL Combine.
With a college career that included paving the way for another Heisman-winning quarterback, find out what the former Gator brings to the Nation’s Capital here:
In Nixon’s first year in Gainesville in 2009, he was inserted into the starting lineup with five games remaining in the season.
At the time, Florida was riding a 19-game winning streak and had aspirations of back-to-back National Championship victories behind the arm, and legs, of Tim Tebow.
Nixon was playing left tackle at the time and had the duty of protecting the south paw’s strong side.
Freshman lineman starting for Florida under then-head coach Urban Meyer was a rarity.
In fact, at the time, he was only the second first-year lineman to start under Meyer. The other is three-time Pro Bowler Maurkice Pouncey.
Meyer had this to say about Nixon’s freshman campaign.
“That tells you the quality of player. That is usually a position that requires a three year maturity process and it takes a special guy that can come in and play as a true freshman. He is a high level player that has a great attitude.”
Despite the fact that Nixon’s name wasn’t called over the weekend, he was graded at 67.2, according to his NFL.com draft profile, meaning that most predicted that he would go off the board on Saturday.
Washington doesn’t mind that they were still able to acquire him and are ready to see what he can add to an offensive line laden with seasoned veterans and 2012 draft picks.
Hail to the Redskins!
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