Originally posted on Optimum Scouting  |  Last updated 4/7/12

When watching University of Pittsburgh Offensive Lineman Lucas Nix there are a couple of words that come to mind: Big, Strong, Athletic, Committed, Coachable, and Mean. The 6’5 317 pound offensive lineman will be one player many teams will covet in the middle rounds in this year’s NFL Draft.

During our recent interview, I asked Lucas to give his pitch to teams to select him earlier than the 4th-5th projection he has been receiving. Lucas said, “I’ve been getting a lot strong and have room to grow. I have not reached my potential yet. I plan on being in this league for a long time.”

Lucas did not have the Senior season he was expecting because of a knee injury that limited his playing time. Teams that are possibly interested in Lucas should have no concerns about the knee though.

“Its back to 100%. I can participate in hard workouts and go through run days without icing it when I get home. It feels good.”

“I’ve got several visits lined up,” Nix said, speaking of his future NFL visits

When it comes to an off the field problem Nix is no stranger. He was involved in an incident on January 6, 2012 in which he was charged with public drunkenness, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. Although these are serious charges, the more important part is what he learned for the incident.

“I learned not to act off of emotion. NFL teams will not tolerate that kind of behavior and I don’t need to pick my battles out in the streets.”

Besides getting a mature four year player from a big time collegiate football school, teams are also getting a quality teammate. Nix appreciated the time he spent with his teammates while at Pittsburgh. “Never take the time with your teammates for granted because it doesn’t last forever. The time you share with them is important and I loved spending time with my teammates.”

“As I got older I gained responsibilities both on and off the field. I needed to set an example for the younger guys and help bring them along.”

As for Nix’s play on the field, this 317 pound offensive played multiple spots on the Pittsburgh offensive line. He mostly played tackle in college, but most NFL coaches see Nix moving inside to guard.

“I feel I’m very good at both [guard and tackle]. Of course I need to make adjustments regardless of where I play, but I’ll tell every team this: My preference is to be on the field.”

Nix is a player who has a nasty mean streak. “It’s how I always played. I was taught and coached to be aggressive. I like to get after it and show I could dominate the defense.”

Nix was a highly coveted recruit coming out of Thomas Jefferson high school and one of the best offensive linemen in the Big East, so he has been dominating defensive players for quite some time now. The knack on Nix has been his ability to mirror defenders and not create contact, rather he waits for it.

“A lot of times I just use my overall athleticism. I blocked how we were taught, but again I’m ready to learn and make changes to help me do whatever is asked of me.”

For whichever team selects Lucas Nix, they will be getting a mature quality offensive lineman who is ready to work at whatever he needs to, so he is on the field.
When watching University of Pittsburgh Offensive Lineman Lucas Nix there are a couple of words that come to mind: Big, Strong, Athletic, Committed, Coachable, and Mean. The 6’5 317 pound offensive lineman will be one player many teams will covet in the middle rounds in this year’s NFL Draft.

During our recent interview, I asked Lucas to give his pitch to teams to select him earlier than the 4th-5th projection he has been receiving. Lucas said, “I’ve been getting a lot strong and have room to grow. I have not reached my potential yet. I plan on being in this league for a long time.”

Lucas did not have the Senior season he was expecting because of a knee injury that limited his playing time. Teams that are possibly interested in Lucas should have no concerns about the knee though.

“Its back to 100%. I can participate in hard workouts and go through run days without icing it when I get home. It feels good.”

“I’ve got several visits lined up,” Nix said.

When it comes to an off the field problem Nix is no stranger. He was involved in an incident on January 6, 2012 in which he was charged with public drunkenness, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. Although these are serious charges, the more important part is what he learned for the incident.

“I learned not to act off of emotion. NFL teams will not tolerate that kind of behavior and I don’t need to pick my battles out in the streets.”

Besides getting a mature four year player from a big time collegiate football school, teams are also getting a quality teammate. Nix appreciated the time he spent with his teammates while at Pittsburgh. “Never take the time with your teammates for granted because it doesn’t last forever. The time you share with them is important and I loved spending time with my teammates.”

“As I got older I gained responsibilities both on and off the field. I needed to set an example for the younger guys and help bring them along.”

As for Nix’s play on the field, this 317 pound offensive played multiple spots on the Pittsburgh offensive line. He mostly played tackle in college, but most NFL coaches see Nix moving inside to guard.

“I feel I’m very good at both [guard and tackle]. Of course I need to make adjustments regardless of where I play, but I’ll tell every team this: My preference is to be on the field.”

Nix is a player who has a nasty mean streak. “It’s how I always played. I was taught and coached to be aggressive. I like to get after it and show I could dominate the defense.”

Nix was a highly coveted recruit coming out of Thomas Jefferson high school and one of the best offensive linemen in the Big East, so he has been dominating defensive players for quite some time now. The knack on Nix has been his ability to mirror defenders and not create contact, rather he waits for it.

“A lot of times I just use my overall athleticism. I blocked how we were taught, but again I’m ready to learn and make changes to help me do whatever is asked of me.”

For whichever team selects Lucas Nix, they will be getting a mature quality offensive lineman who is ready to work at whatever he needs to, so he is on the field.
When watching University of Pittsburgh Offensive Lineman Lucas Nix there are a couple of words that come to mind: Big, Strong, Athletic, Committed, Coachable, and Mean. The 6’5 317 pound offensive lineman will be one player many teams will covet in the middle rounds in this year’s NFL Draft.

During our recent interview, I asked Lucas to give his pitch to teams to select him earlier than the 4th-5th projection he has been receiving. Lucas said, “I’ve been getting a lot strong and have room to grow. I have not reached my potential yet. I plan on being in this league for a long time.”

Lucas did not have the Senior season he was expecting because of a knee injury that limited his playing time. Teams that are possibly interested in Lucas should have no concerns about the knee though.

“Its back to 100%. I can participate in hard workouts and go through run days without icing it when I get home. It feels good.”

“I’ve got several visits lined up,” Nix said.

When it comes to an off the field problem Nix is no stranger. He was involved in an incident on January 6, 2012 in which he was charged with public drunkenness, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. Although these are serious charges, the more important part is what he learned for the incident.

“I learned not to act off of emotion. NFL teams will not tolerate that kind of behavior and I don’t need to pick my battles out in the streets.”

Besides getting a mature four year player from a big time collegiate football school, teams are also getting a quality teammate. Nix appreciated the time he spent with his teammates while at Pittsburgh. “Never take the time with your teammates for granted because it doesn’t last forever. The time you share with them is important and I loved spending time with my teammates.”

“As I got older I gained responsibilities both on and off the field. I needed to set an example for the younger guys and help bring them along.”

As for Nix’s play on the field, this 317 pound offensive played multiple spots on the Pittsburgh offensive line. He mostly played tackle in college, but most NFL coaches see Nix moving inside to guard.

“I feel I’m very good at both [guard and tackle]. Of course I need to make adjustments regardless of where I play, but I’ll tell every team this: My preference is to be on the field.”

Nix is a player who has a nasty mean streak. “It’s how I always played. I was taught and coached to be aggressive. I like to get after it and show I could dominate the defense.”

Nix was a highly coveted recruit coming out of Thomas Jefferson high school and one of the best offensive linemen in the Big East, so he has been dominating defensive players for quite some time now. The knack on Nix has been his ability to mirror defenders and not create contact, rather he waits for it.

“A lot of times I just use my overall athleticism. I blocked how we were taught, but again I’m ready to learn and make changes to help me do whatever is asked of me.”

For whichever team selects Lucas Nix, they will be getting a mature quality offensive lineman who is ready to work at whatever he needs to, so he is on the field.

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