INDIANAPOLIS -- The scales at the NFL scouting combine weighed Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III officially at 331 pounds this weekend. Svelte by no means. But for Nix, that's a loss of 23 pounds, he said, since he began his pre-draft training in early January. And when he takes the field Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium for his on-field testing, Nix hopes to show NFL teams his weight loss has given him a boost.
"I just feel sexier, man," Nix said Sunday.
Nix heads toward May's draft as one of this year's top defensive tackle prospects, a likely first-round talent. But he still is trying to answer important questions about his weight and the knee issues that cost him five games last season. Nix battled tendinitis in his left knee before having season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus but said his knee "is fantastic" right now.
Nix is projected to fit best as a nose tackle in a 3-4 system in the NFL, which means he likely wouldn't be a great match for the Bears. But the gregarious Notre Dame standout insisted he's flexible enough to find his way in a 4-3, not strictly just a "hold the point guy."
"I mean I think I can wiggle a little bit," Nix said. "I have dance moves. So that should prove a lot."