In 2020, the Bucs used their first-round pick to address the offensive line by drafting Tristan Wirfs, the big offensive tackle out of Iowa. That ended up working out great for the Bucs!
Since it worked out so well last year, why not double-dip from the Iowa Hawkeyes program in back-to-back years by addressing the need on the interior defensive line? Ndamukong Suh is getting older, and as of right now, he’s still currently a free agent despite him saying that he wants to play for the Bucs again next season. Suh has been with Tampa for two years now, playing on a one-year contract in back-to-back years. His future with the Bucs hangs in the balance. With the salary cap decreasing, who knows whether or not the Bucs will be able to bring him back for the third time. It’s time for Tampa to look into getting Suh’s successor.
Enter Daviyon Nixon. Nixon has emerged as the top interior defensive lineman in the 2021 NFL Draft. Nixon is coming off of a big year. He is 6’3″, 304 lbs. Nixon is very quick off the snap, is elite at using his hands to shed blocks, and much like Suh, Nixon is a big, wide-bodied athlete who demands attention from the opposing offensive line. He has a quick burst, a high motor, moves very well for a big man, and can wreak havoc in the backfield.
Nixon would fit in very well in Tampa. In 2020 at Iowa, Nixon had 45 tackles (22 solo and 23 assisted), 5.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception, which is very impressive, especially considering the fact that the Big-Ten had a very shortened season to due to Covid. I like this kid a lot. Jason Licht, are you listening?