2014 NFL Mock Draft: Chargers Select DT Louis Nix III

Sep 8, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish nose guard Louis Nix (9) attempts to tackle Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver Raheem Mostert (8) as Purdue center Rick Schmeig (76) defends in the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

I posted my first ever mock draft earlier today on NFL Spin Zone. Check out the entire mock here. Louis Nix’s knee injury is becoming more of a concern as the season draws to a close. Nix missed Notre Dame’s final two games of the season and will miss their bowl game. For that reason, he is quickly sliding down draft boards and now finds himself reuniting with Manti Te’o on the Chargers defense. If Nix falls to the Chargers at #19, he should definitely be our guy. Unless TT has some trick up his sleeve and knows he can snag Nix early in the 2nd. Check out what I said over on NFL Spin Zone about the pick:

19. San Diego Chargers: NT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Nix’s knee surgery is already a concern for most teams. The Chargers have had a huge hole in the middle ever since Jamal Williams left a few years ago. Cam Thomas is a backup at best and adding Nix would turn turn the defensive line into one of the best in the NFL with Kendall Reyes and Corey Liuget. Having that inside presence will also make things easier for the outside rushers and secondary. The Chargers could also look to draft a CB here, and they will surely draft on the defensive side.

As I said, adding Nix to a defensive line that already featured Kendall Reyes and Corey Liuget would be deadly. The pressure Nix would create through the middle would wreak havoc on opposing o-lines and make life easier for the rest of the defense. Nix is only having surgery to repair a torn meniscus, so the surgery is not as intrusive as an ACL or MCL. Professional athletes have recovered from meniscus surgery in less that 2 weeks. Some take longer, but Nix should be available for workouts and the combine.

Nix is a massive NT prospect. Nix gets off the line quickly and gets offensive lineman on their heels. He basically looks like the DJ Fluker of the defensive line. As with most nose tacklers, his stats don’t really reflect his importance on the pass rush. Nix can handle almost any collegiate offensive lineman 1-on-1, so he gets double teamed on pretty much every play. check out some of his game tape from the Michigan game this year:

 


What do you guys think of this pick? Would you be happy with NT Louis Nix III at #19?

 

Topics: 2014 Mock Draft, Louis Nix, Mock Draft, Notre Dame, San Diego Chargers

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  • MvPizzle

    Nah, chargers desperately need a db. Darueze Denard if he falls to us like most analysts are predicting. NT in the second round though without a doubt.

    • Conor Cahill

      NT takes SO MUCH PRESSURE off the corners though. Nothing helps the pass defense like some quick pressure straight up the gut.

      • lightningbug1

        You build a defense from the inside out. You can’t expect for the DB to play well if the front seven is not creating any pressure. At some point, the receiver will get open and the QB will find him. Again, YOU BUILD A TEAM FROM THE INSIDE OUT. We should get Nix in the 1st or a pass rusher. I Nix is in the 2nd, I say we trade up and select him. We could possibly have Beasley, Van Noy, or an OT and Nix.

  • tbell11

    The more and more I hear about Louis Nix the more I want him lol. What makes a 3-4 defense work is a massive NT that acquires a double team and the Chargers have lacked that since Williams like you said. If he’s still available then snag him, but more likely he’ll be gone in the top 15.

    • Conor Cahill

      Exactly. Plus, with Nix’s injury, he will be available later, just like Allen. The Chargers need that guy to take up double and triple teams. If they can get that, every other job on defense will be easier.

      • lightningbug1

        How much later do you think? Early 2nd round? I would not mind at all trading up to get Nix.

        • Conor Cahill

          I think he will be selected between the late 1st and early 2nd, depending on the combine.
          Of course, if he does well, he could easily go 10-20.

          • lightningbug1

            If he really screws up the combine like Allen, I could see an early 2nd round pick. I would really like for the Chargers to trade up even if it costs them some picks this year and next year.

  • lightningbug1

    I agree with the Nix pick, I think he is by FAR the BEST NT in this draft. I really don’t like the Mcculers pick and would rather have a proven player like Nix. Also, not to be mean or wish bad luck to anyone, but I would love for Nix to do bad in the combine. That would scare teams away from him and we could possibly draft him in the 2nd round. Then, we could draft Dennard, Gilbert, Van Noy, Beasley, or an OT and we could draft Nix in the 2nd round.

    • Conor Cahill

      YES

  • Gunnar Martin

    I know what I said before about him, but now I’m thinking that it would be best to take the risk of only picking him up if he’s there in the second round. We need that first rounder for a corner. If he does fall that far, then I would be ecstatic with us getting him. But anything higher than that is probably not worth it considering there are a few other guys that we could get in the draft or FA that could do mostly the same thing. There is a good chance of him slipping to us in the second though, so let’s just wait and see what happens.

  • as

    I dont like this guy, he’s athletic but his technique sucks, he reminds me of Liuget and Reyes, he looks like he can be a good run stopper like Liuget and hes quick like both of them but will he be like Reyes who has been perceived has having no impact this year or Liuget.

    I really want someone like a GENO ATKINS

  • cproutt

    yes i would be very happy with that pick him or dennard. I’ve been beginning for this all year.

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