Why did Daviyon Nixon fall and should the Panthers be worried?
Should the Carolina Panthers be worried?
Those in power will no doubt have heard all of the concerns surrounding Daviyon Nixon when doing their due diligence. The Carolina Panthers are willing to take chances on players like this under the new regime with mixed success since Matt Rhule took over from Ron Rivera, so the decision-makers obviously felt that it was something worth pulling the trigger on in Round 5.
This is a young, ambitious locker room that is lead by a head coach that does not suffer fools gladly. Rhule will have no trouble bouncing Nixon out of the organization if he either isn’t pulling his weight or become an off-the-field distraction. But the Panthers are getting themselves an almighty steal if these pre-draft fears were all for nothing.
Carolina should worry, at least initially.
However, as far as situations go, Nixon could not be walking into a better one.
The Panthers possess a loaded defensive front that is all around the same age and developing together. They all have a common goal in mind and are fully on board with what Rhule is trying to accomplish, so Nixon needs to acclimatize well with solid production on the field and exemplary behavior away from the gridiron.
If it doesn’t work out, Carolina didn’t waste that much on giving him a shot. What comes next will be down to Nixon and there is little margin for error where a suspect character is concerned in the NFL unless you are performing to an exceptional standard.