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2021 NFL Draft Profile: Tre Nixon

The Ole Miss transfer became a dangerous deep threat

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 01 Fiesta Bowl - LSU v UCF Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The book on Tre Nixon was that he had NFL potential when he arrived at UCF from Ole Miss. Now we may indeed find out.

Tre Nixon - WR

  • HEIGHT: 6’ 0.1”
  • WEIGHT: 187 pounds
  • 40 YD DASH: 4.43 seconds
  • BENCH PRESS: 18 reps
  • WINGSPAN: 73 7/8”
  • VERTICAL JUMP: 35.5”
  • BROAD JUMP: 10’ 5”
  • 3 CONE DRILL: 6.81 seconds
  • 20 YD SHUTTLE: 4.25 seconds

Stats

A Space Coast kid who returned home via the transfer portal, Tre Nixon came to the UCF Knights with high expectations after his initial recruitment to Ole Miss. He made an immediate impact in Josh Heupel’s offense as a deep threat, averaging 14+ yards a catch in his first season at UCF.

After an even more productive 2019, he was expected to light the world on fire in 2020, but suffered a collarbone injury in the opener at Georgia Tech after he caught 4 balls for 94 yards with two scores. He returned in time for the last two games of the regular season, but was not quite the same.

Outlook

Nixon is your classic vertical deep threat. He has NFL speed and soft hands, can get off of defenders at the line, and though he’s not the most physical guy, he is physical enough to make catches while well-covered. The ball just seems to find his hands no matter the circumstances. The only knock on him might be his size, which might end up getting him classified as a project to be turned into a slot guy. However, he was eminently coachable at UCF and showed us something coming back from the broken collarbone in the first game of a pandemic season — when he could have easily just opted out — to return to a team that needed him. The unfortunate thing is that there are a lot of 6-foot tall, 190-pound receivers that come out every year, so how will he make himself stand out above the crowd?

Projection: Late Day Three