Following the BCS Championship Game in which Alabama dominated Notre Dame 42-14, people started to claim that the Irish didn't belong on the same field as the SEC powerhouse.

Apparently, those people weren't watching Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III. The monster of a man was generating plenty of push against Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack and kept his motor running throughout the game. On the whole, Notre Dame's defense got whipped. But Nix stood out.

Entering his redshirt junior season, Nix looks like the best draft-eligible defensive tackle. Assuming another step forward in 2013, Nix should be a hot name this fall.

What he does well

At first glance, Nix looks like a typical nose tackle. Plug his 6-foot-3-inch 325-pound frame into the middle of a 3-4 defense and let him plug the middle for years to come. But those who peg Nix as strictly a nose tackle are doing him a diservice.

Yes, Nix is a mountain of a man. And yes, he would make an outstanding nose tackle. He can hold the point of attack and eat up double teams in the middle. But he also has the quick feet to move along the defensive line and get penetration from a variety of gaps. He could play in a 4-3 defensive scheme and might even be able to handle sliding out to defensive end in a 3-4 on certain plays. His athletic potential is exciting.

What makes Nix so dangerous is his burst and snap anticipation. He's athletic, no doubt, but the first step burst and focus contributes to his get off. He drives with a ton of power, showing active hands.