Tre Nixon will always be the Ernie Adams pick.
Nixon was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft and because it was Adams' last draft with the team, Bill Belichick allowed him to make the selection, which was shown in a video posted to Patriots.com.
Speaking following Thursday's OTA session, Nixon said he still gets chills watching the video and Adams was one of the first people he met when he walked into the Gillette Stadium facility for the first time.
“Still to this day, I get chills going back and watching that video,” Nixon said. “It’s funny because Ernie, the day 1 when I reported here, he was one of the first people I saw in the building. So, I instantly smiled, introduced myself, he introduced his self and ever since then, I’m in his debt. I owe him a lot. I really respect that dude.”
Nixon is part of a deep wide receivers room and will be fighting for a roster spot.
“It’s definitely different from college. I’ll tell you that,” Nixon said. “More complex but with the teammates and coaches I have, the veterans, Mac (Jones), Cam (Newton), (Jarrett) Stidham, I feel like they’ve done a really good job with helping me catch up to speed, because one of the biggest things they say is you don’t want to get left behind. So, I’ve got to stay ahead, and guys are doing a good job pushing me and getting all of the knowledge I can.”