With their final pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots went with a position they’ve rarely addressed in recent drafts, selecting wide receiver Tre Nixon with the 242nd overall pick.
A three-year Knight at the University of Central Florida, Nixon will make the jump to the NFL after a collegiate career that included 102 catches, 1,569 yards, and 13 touchdowns in 26 games between two schools.
After spending 2018 and 2019 as a starter for UCF, the 6-foot-2 wideout totaled just 19 catches (and two touchdowns) and 260 yards in four games in a 2020 campaign limited by a shoulder injury. Prior to that injury-shortened finish to his NCAA run, Nixon’s best season with the Knights undoubtedly came in 2019 when he finished as the team’s second-leading receiver with 49 grabs for 830 yards and seven touchdowns on way to All-AAC honors.
As mentioned, UCF was Nixon’s second stop, as he began his college career with the University of Mississippi.
Nixon is just the Patriots’ seventh-round gamble on a wideout, joining a list featuring Devin Lucien (2016), Jeremy Gallon (2014), Jeremy Ebert (2012), and, of course, Julian Edelman (2009).
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