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Combine Results

5.1 ?
  • 4.90 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.41 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/8" Arm Length
  • 261LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


Penn State has had a pipeline into New Jersey for years, and picking up a two-time all-Jersey selection in Sickels was another great recruiting move by the Nittany Lions. As a redshirt freshman, Sickels played in every game as a reserve end and on special teams (11 tackles, three TFL, two sacks). Making the starting lineup in 2015, he contributed 35 tackles, five for loss, three sacks, and led the team with two fumble recoveries. He made a big leap from his sophomore to junior seasons, garnering second-team All-Big Ten honors with 47 tackles and leading PSU with 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks.



Led the Big Ten with 43 quarterback pressures. Plays with shoulder turn approaching top of the rush arc. Looks to flip hips around the edge. Uses forward lean to generate momentum around corner and towards the quarterback. Decent athlete in space. Has lateral quickness to slide inside and attack the gap. Active hand fighter. Keeps playing to the whistle and will hustle into tackles down the field. Had one of his best performances of the season against the talented Ohio State offensive line.


Lacks explosiveness to strike and disengage quickly. Gets glued to blocks for too long. Easily blocked in run game. Power at point of attack is below average. Lacks sand in his pants to drop anchor and own his grass against drive blockers. Gets pinned and sustained by tight ends. Finds himself on the ground too often. Needs to improve hands and angles to counter lack of play strength. Doesn't have long limbs to torque his way around tackles. Generates little speed-to-power.

Draft Projection

Round 7-PFA

NFL Comparison

Tyler Starr

Bottom Line

Plays at the same pace throughout the game and finds his way into the backfield with a non-stop forward charge and some rush talent. Sickels' play strength at the point of attack is a big concern and he may be forced into an outside linebacker role in order to keep tackles off of him. Sickels projects as a backup who could eventually find the field in pass rush situations.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster