Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix doesn’t use the adjective slimmer or thinner when he describes his 23-pound weight loss in preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine.
The jovial Nix, a former Raines standout, lets his sense of humor take over. The 6-foot-2, 331-pound Nix had reporters laughing during his news conference last weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“My stomach doesn’t stick out as much,” Nix said. “That’s kind of nice. I like that part. My thighs got a little smaller. I just feel sexier.”

Nix’s weight is no laughing matter for NFL general managers. Nix understood that his chances of being selected in the mid- to late first round were dependent on showing teams he had the discipline to trim down.

“I enjoy my weight, but people wanted me down, so I lost weight,” Nix said. “If somebody wants me to stay there [at 331], I’ll stay. If they want me to get sexier, then I got it. … They just told me I’d probably be best small, so I guess I’m staying here.”

Nix said he cut out his favorite fast food, Five Guys, and started regularly eating salad.

“I enjoy my Five Guys and Cajun fries,” Nix said. “I’m starting to like salads now. They’re starting to taste good. No dressing. I eat it like chips. I just pick it up.”

Nix picked up plenty of opposing offensive linemen at Notre Dame. He started 30 career games for the Fighting Irish, making 122 tackles (14 for a loss) with 2½ sacks. Nix is projected as the best interior run defender as a nose tackle but could help his stock by showing pass-rush ability.