NFL Hopeful Dennis Dixon Opens His Own Website to Prove he is Healthy for the Draft

(Philadelphia, Pa) — As a regular attendee of the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City every year, I must admit that I was a little disappointed at this year’s ceremony when spectacular Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon wasn’t there after suffering a late season knee injury (Left Knee torn ACL).  The knee injury ended his candidacy, proving to be a tough ending for a player who seemed destined to go from an undrafted free agent type player to a high draft selection.  When I saw Dixon it was apparent to me he had a lot of the intangibles that current Philadelphia Eagles triggerman Donovan McNabb possesses – Mobile, Cannon Arm, Charismatic and a Smart Team Leader.

However Dixon’s too recent knee injury maybe a red flag for some draft evaluators.  The situation definitely reminds me of running back Michael Bush’s dilemma going into the ’07 draft  (broken leg from senior year the was not entirely healed causing the big back to be selected late in 7th rd by Oakland on a flyer).  Dixon is trying to avoid Bush’s fate by proving that he is worthy of a mid-round draft selection despite being injured.  Though an NFL team’s injured reserve list maybe in his near future, the Oakland native has gone on the public whippet appearing on various media outlets plus creating his own website ( to prove himself to NFL draft evaluators.

 But we know that evaluators tend to scrutinize everything on the way to Radio City, so I like Dixon’s proactive approach.  He already went to the combine just to show the scouts that he wants to be accessible throughout draft process and if it was up to me based on his tremendous numbers in only 10 games before getting hurt (172-254, 2136 yards, and 20 touchdowns passing with an additional 583 yards and 9 TD’s rushing), he would at least garner a 5th Round selection.  And don’t even make me have to pull out the tape of his fantastic performance over Michigan this past season. 

By all accounts, he performed well at his April 3rd personal workout.  The humble quarterback, who definitely has his head in the right direction, said of his workout, “I thought I threw the ball pretty well today. There were a couple passes that I would like to have back, but I’m a perfectionist and I wanted to complete every pass I threw. I did some agility drills to show everyone how well I’m moving and how quickly that I am healing. The knee feels great. I didn’t even think about it during the workout. I believe that I’ll be 100% in another month. There’s no doubt that I’ll be ready for NFL camp in July.”

I have heard rumblings that the Steelers, who recently hosted Dixon and always seem to have athletic quarterbacks like Kordell Stewart, Omar Jacobs, and Shane Boyd on their roster, enjoyed the visit of the 2007 PAC 10 player of the year so stay tuned.  I know Dixon will be working hard at the palatial Oregon football facilities with visions of being ready for training camp.  Here’s hoping that he achieves his dream of being drafted into the NFL.


Author: lloydvance

Lloyd Vance is a NFL Writer, Analyst, Draft Expert, Researcher, and Historian. He serves as a Editor for "Taking It to the House and he covers the NFL on a daily basis. He is an Accredited Member of NFL Media and Philadelphia Eagles Media. Member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), Pro Football Researchers Association (PFRA), and The Maxwell Football Club

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