2. He was a fourth round pick:
The Baltimore Ravens didn’t draft Dixon in the first night of the NFL Draft. They drafted him on the third day of the 2015 NFL Draft. The fate of the franchise wasn’t hanging on his shoulders. The Ravens invested a fourth round pick in him. A fourth round pick is a legitimately big investment but it’s still a fourth round pick. The NFL Draft is full of gambles and 32 teams passed on Dixon three times.
You can get good players in the fourth round. When you hit on a fourth round pick, it’s huge. The team gets a player that helps them win, and they get it at a ridiculous bargain. When you don’t hit on a fourth round pick, it’s disappointing but it’s not the end of the world.
Even if it was time to call Dixon a bust, it wouldn’t be called for. Matt Elam was a draft bust. That was a first round pick. That was a disaster. If Dixon never actually ends up being the player Baltimore dreamed him to be, it doesn’t set the team back too badly. The Ravens aren’t overly invested in Dixon one way or another.