Undrafted Rookie James Nixon (From New Haven, CT) Signed to Packers’ Practice Squad..

by CTalentTv on September 29, 2012

In a very Thompson-like move, the Packers signed someone no one expected (per the team’s official website): a big, fast, undrafted rookie from a small school by the name of James Nixon.

Nixon is a 6’0″, 178-pound cornerback from California University of Pennsylvania, but started his career at another school in the state, Temple. Coming out of high school, he had five BCS schools looking at him, but didn’t seem to have the grades (only a 2.4), so he spent two years at a college prep academy where he switched to running back and signed to Temple.

Spending a couple of years at Temple at a hybrid RB/WR position, he finally switched back to DB and earned a spot on the Paul Horning Award Watch List before 2010. His senior year he transferred to California (P.A.) and tried to keep his cornerback position but only started two games there while the coaching staff moved him all around on defense, offense and special teams.

His ability to play multiple positions partially has to do with his amazing speed. At his pro days this offseason, he ran a 4.31 at both the Central Connecticut State and California (P.A.) sites.

A diamond in the rough, it should be fun to see if James Nixon can move up to the active 53 during his career.

By Justis Mosqueda

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