MOBILE, Ala. – When Ahmad Dixon met with representatives from the Washington Redskins during an informal interview earlier this week, all he could think about is a potential reunion with former teammate Robert Griffin III.
“That’s my guy,” Dixon, a strong safety at Baylor, said Wednesday, smiling. “That’s my guy up there.”
If playing with Griffin, the Redskins’ starting quarterback, remains one of Dixon’s goals, he’ll have to sacrifice another. Dixon said he wants to prove to the coaches, scouts and other team executives on hand for the Senior Bowl this week that he should be a first-round draft pick.
That doesn’t mean playing for the Redskins is unlikely. Dixon said he’s been told he currently projects as an early second-round player, while Washington, which annually needs help in the secondary, holds the second pick of the second round.
“I don’t really look at who needs what,” Dixon said. “I feel like if I show guys what I can do, and if they see what I can do, they’ll like me. I can adapt to any situation. I can go into any situation and handle my business, display my style of play and give the coaches what they want.”
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Dixon has spent time at both free safety and strong safety during North Team practices this week, following the direction of the Atlanta Falcons’ coaching staff.
A physical player, Dixon was suspended for the first half of Baylor’s game against Texas on Dec. 7 because he was ejected from the previous game for targeting the head and neck area of TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin.
He started each of the Bears’ other 12 games, ranked second on the team with 81 tackles and was named to the all-Big 12 first team. The performance came after an offseason move from outside linebacker, where he started the previous two seasons, to strong safety.
It’s possible Dixon will need to make other adjustments in the NFL. For example, the Falcons’ coaching staff has him playing his coverages from the outside in, but he was taught to play from the inside out while at Baylor.
“I have to wipe all of that out, because it’s totally different than what I was doing back home,” Dixon said. “Right now, I’m learning something completely different, and I’m grasping it pretty fast. I’m enjoying it. I’m soaking it all in. It’s been exciting.”