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Grade
50.2 ?
  • 5.23 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 108.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.75 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.86 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'5" Height
  • 35 1/8" Arm Length
  • 318LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Hicks has an an interesting late-rise prospect coming into the 2012 draft following a career playing collegiate football in Canada, at the little-known University of Regina in Saskatchewan after a short stint at LSU, where circumstances surrounding his recruitment led him north of the border. He has the size to play on the front lines and could have late-round value to a team willing to develop him.

Analysis

Strengths

Hicks has the frame to fit in nicely, not only at DT but potentially outside at end in a 3-4 scheme. He is athletic and shows a strong burst and agility off the snap to get into his opposing offensive linemen. He has decent strength to defeat blockers, but is more reliable to make an athletic move and quickly get into the backfield. He is athletic in open space, and this is where his value is most evident. He has NFL-caliber size, agility and burst off the ball.

Weaknesses

Hicks has been a slow developer who has played two full seasons of junior college ball (Sacramento City College) and then two seasons in Canada. It remains to be seen how readily adaptable his skills are to the pros given that level of competition. While teams might want him as an end based off his size, Hicks can get overwhelmed at the point of attack against double teams, and doesn't have many moves in his arsenal to counter. He is a decent run defender, but plays too upright at times; technique is the main hitch in his game in all aspects.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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