Photo of Mike Mickens
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  • 6'0" Height
  • 184LBS. Weight

Overview

A dominant performer since stepping onto the field for the Bearcats, Mickens earned second-team All-Big East accolades his first two seasons and first-team honors in 2007 (six interceptions) and '08 (70 tackles, four interceptions, nine pass breakups). Mickens plays with the legitimate speed and burst to the ball to force opposing quarterbacks to think twice before challenging his side of the field. There are concerns, however, about his pure speed. A medical check is required after he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in November, although he did play pretty well at less than full strength in the Orange Bowl.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Legitimate cover corner. ... Possesses the quick feet and smooth hip turn to change direction and blanket his assignment. ... Often forces the quarterback to go to his second option. ... Reads the action quickly and gets an excellent break on the ball. ... Cognizant defender. ... Experienced in man and zone coverage with the combination of athleticism and instincts to play in either scheme at the next level. ... Has a second gear to close and uses his long arms well to deflect passes. ... Physical enough to make a big hit after his man makes the catch. ... Improved hands for the interception in 2007 and has 14 picks and 44 pass breakups over his career. ... Natural with the ball in his hands, returning two of his six interceptions for touchdowns last season. ... Quick to come up in run support, even when pressing in man coverage, and flashes physicality that belies his frame. ... Coachable. ... Very confident in his ability. ... Plays with attitude, will not back down from any receiver. ... Leads by example on the field. Negatives: Feasts on hastily thrown passes in zone coverage behind a dominant pass rush. ... Must improve his ability to beat running back blocks when on the blitz. ... A bit tall and stiff in his backpedal, which can make it hard for him to recover when the receiver runs a quick out. ... While physical, Mickens has a tendency to lead with his shoulder when making a big hit, instead of wrapping up securely.
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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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