New England Patriots Sign Former Viera Hawk Tre Nixon to Future Contract

ranked 25th-best receiver in his draft class

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The New England Patriots announced on Monday that they will sign former Viera Hawk and UCF Knight wide receiver Tre Nixon to a future contract after he served on on the team’s practice squad this past year.

The Patriots selected former Viera Hawk and UCF Knight wide receiver Tre Nixon in the 7th round with the 242nd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

In 2020, Nixon caught 19 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns despite an injury early on in the season that hampered is final season with the UCF Knights.

Nixon has been known for his big downfield threat and has great acceleration and speed that translates well for the NFL. Experts see Nixon potentially fitting in as an NFL slot wide receiver.

At 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighing in at 180-pounds, he also has size to go along with his speed.

According to NFL Draft analyst site Walter Football, Nixon was ranked as the 25th-best receiver in the class, which is widely considered to be one of the deepest receiver classes in recent memory.

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Tre Nixon, above left with was Steve Wilson, UCF’s second-leading receiver in 2019 with 49 catches for 830 yards and seven touchdowns. (SCD image)

Nixon was also UCF’s second-leading receiver in 2019 with 49 catches for 830 yards and seven touchdowns.

He was an honorable mention all-conference selection, he had 15 receptions of 20 or more yards – the third-most plays of 20+ yards by any player on the team.

Nixon started all 26 games at wide receiver during his tenure as a Knight, having caught 40 passes for 562 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.

FLASHBACK: The Viera Hawks’ Tre Nixon talks to Steve Wilson of the Friday Night Locker Room after being honored as Erdman Automotive Player of the Game in 2015.

Prior to attending UCF, Nixon spent two seasons at the University of Mississippi and saw action in 10 games during the 2017 season after being Redshirted in 2016.

At Viera high, Nixon caught 79 passes for 1,243 yards and 18 touchdowns – both school records – in his senior year in 2015. Other honors during his stellar prep career included:

• Finished fourth in the voting for Florida’s Mr. Football award
• Florida Dairy Farmers 7A Player of the Year
• Named first-team All-State by the Associated Press and USA Today
• Led Viera to its first two district titles and the 2015 Class 7A state finals
• Had 36 catches for 905 yards and 12 TDs as a junior and 30 catches for 636 yards and six TDs as a sophomore

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