First Impression: Louis Nix III (DT, Notre Dame)

Louis Nix III

Louis NIx III could be Vince Wilfork’s eventual replacement.

NEPD Contributor: Wayne B. Jones

Multiple front defenses have become popular in the NFL today. New Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis is implementing a “multiple” unit defense for the upcoming 2013 season. But in New England Bill Belichick has been using a multiple front defense (scheme) for many years.

The New England Patriots scheme flexible defense is a hybrid 3-4, 4-3 alignment. The key to the success of this system is flexibility of personnel. To be able to effectively switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 to a dime defense and other multiple sets requires versatility at nearly every position. Players have to be able to run, cover and hit. Linemen have to be strong enough to hold the point in the 3-4, but get up field in a 4-3. Defensive backs have to be very good in zone coverage but efficient in man coverage when needed. This system requires a special skill set and an above average football IQ.

A 2014 NFL draft prospect that best fits New England’s scheme is Notre Dames Louis Nix III (6’3”, 326).


Plays with a low base, anchors well. Big and thick with quick nimble feet. Has a good feel for the game with the ability to redirect well. A competitive player who can run in pursuit or slide down the line and stuff the run. Can play inside or outside in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. Clogs up the inside running lanes or squeezes and collapses the pocket in the pass game. Has the ability to control a blocker or flashes quickness to burst through a gap. Gets his hands up as a pass rusher.


Strength and endurance must improve for competition on the next level. He needs to build more upper body strength to shed quickly from blockers. Nix is a good bull rusher but he needs to develop more and varied pass rushing moves.


Nix is a good, solid prospect that would fit nicely into New England’s hybrid defense. His quick, nimble feet will allow him to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. That said, he is best suited to play inside,  where his lower body strength will allow him to handle multiple blockers to free up his edge rushers and blitzers. He would be an excellent replacement for either Vince Wilfork or Tommy Kelly (10 year vets).

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4 Responses to “First Impression: Louis Nix III (DT, Notre Dame)”

  1. Well, he is the second coming of Vince Wilfork so it certainly would be a good fit. In my opinion he’s a Top 25 pick easily, he likely won’t be available when the Patriots pick

  2. Michael M. says:

    Since the big nose tackles in general are dropping in value (Don’t reference Dontari Poe because I think he is a 5-tech DE/3-tech DT) in the draft so I wouldn’t be surprising for the Patriots to grab Nix in the first round.

  3. carlo strada says:

    Id love pats to get this guy, in order to be pats D line War daddy. Wilfork has maybe 4 years left of great playing. And its the time to think on the future. louis nix or seahawks s jessie williams were IMO the best alternatives to replace wilfork on mid term, now that jessies gone, louis nix looks like an optimal candidate to replace wilfork, yet i see on nix 1st round value, so its gonna be tough for the pats to have their chance on him. Since now i see louis nix being a top 10/top 15 draft pick

  4. Kevin Smith says:

    Wilfork’s replacement. Not too bad.

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