Louis Nix was once considered to be the highest rated Notre Dame player in the 2014 NFL Draft. He ended up being the 4th Notre Dame player selected after falling all the way to midway through the 3rd round when the Houston Texans finally ended Nix’s draft free fall by trading up to select the jovial nose tackle.
Up until recently, Nix was considering a potential first round pick but began to slip down draft boards after the season ended and ended up sliding all the way down to #83 overall where the Houston Texans may have gotten one of the best value picks in the entire draft. I said leading up to the draft that whoever drafted TJ Jones would get the steal of the draft, but with Nix at 83rd overall, Houston ought to be charged with grand larceny.
For Nix the freefall is going to hurt both emotionally and financially. From a football standpoint though, he joins what could be one of, if not the best defensive line in the NFL in a few years. Houston already had superstar defensive end JJ Watt on their roster before the draft. During the draft the Texans added Jadeveon Clowney #1 overall and now Nix. That is line with some scary, scary potential.
It’s tough to say what exactly caused Nix’s draft fall but some have suggested Nix’s extensive presence on social media along with concerns that his weight and conditioning might be an ongoing issue on the professional level could have been the cause of his tumble. Whatever the case, the Texans got a steal and I personally was more than a little upset that my Philadelphia Eagles did not select Nix when they had a need for depth at NT. Instead, the Eagles were the Texans trading partner.
With Nix off the board, Notre Dame now has 4 players selected overall:
- #16 Overall – Zack Martin – Dallas Cowboys
- #46 Overall – Stephon Tuitt – Pittsburgh Steelers
- #52 Overall – Troy Niklas – Arizona Cardinals
Notre Dame still has several players likely to be draft as well including Chris Watt, TJ Jones, and Prince Shembo along with Carlo Calabrese and Dan Fox.