Lacks the size to take on blocks inside at the point of attack when run at, is easily washed out of plays and knocked off balance easily vs. any type of contact. Isn't a guy who will make many plays off his frame. Is a bit stiff in coverage, struggles to cleanly redirect and is a guy who can consistently hold up in man.
Doesn't get much range in his drop and despite his above-average instincts, simply isn't a guy with the fluidity or range to routinely make plays on the football.
Impression: A thick, tightly wound guy who lacks the range to hold up at the next level."
Positive: Athletic linebacker with the ability to make plays sideline to sideline. Fast to the flanks, gets depth on pass drops, and covers a lot of area on the field. Fluid changing direction, slides off blocks, and nicely redirects to ball carriers. Consistently displays the ability to make plays in open space.
Negative: Not forceful in any aspect of his game. Ineffective on the blitz and not a strong tackler. Lacks aggressiveness.
Analysis: Mixon has been a consistent player at Kent State the past two seasons and has shown flashes of NFL ability. He has the athleticism and skills necessary to back up on the weak side in a 4-3 defense if he keeps his focus and makes football a priority."
2009 - First team All-MAC accolades after leading the Flashes with 108 tackles (7th in the MAC and tied for 34th nationally with 9.9 tackles per game). Earned MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording 12 tackles in the season-opener Sept. 3 against Coastal Carolina
2008 - In first season at Kent State, ranked third on team with 73 tackles (37 solo) with five TFLs and two sacks. Missed two games after suffering a broken foot Sept. 27 at Ball State.
2007 - Sat out per NCAA guidelines after transferring from Michigan
Strengths: Productive leader for KSU. Has good lateral movement and is a sideline-to-sideline run defender. Has great closing speed and can chase backs down from behind - strong tackling skills. Very active with his feet and hands to keep him free as he moves to pursue the ball carrier. Gets to depth and shows above-average range in zone coverage. Quick and fluid enough to match up with backs and tight ends in man coverage. Isn't a powerful pass rusher but can find seams in the protection to get pressure. Able to slip blockers and uses his above-average burst to shoot gaps.
Weaknesses: Route-recognition skills are just adequate and can take false steps in man coverage; lacks elite skill on the ball. Just average height and below average-weight will be a concern at ILB - will not win most downhill battles. Will need to improve man coverage skills to move to OLB.
Projection: 7th round."