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NY Giants WR Hakeem Nicks - Scouting Report - Draft Insiders.com 2009 Yearbook
This week we will post Draft Insiders Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl from the Giants and Patriots. Both front offices have done excellent jobs in evaluation college talent and meet for the second time in the Super Bowl in five years.
Photo – WR Hakeem Nicks - NY Giants
Hakeem Nicks #88 - 6’1” 210 lbs. - North Carolina - Sp. 4.50 - Rating 90
Hindu Theory: Terrell Owens
Physical athletic junior receiver combines all the skills to become a premier NFL playmaker within a short time. Hakeem is a big athletic receiver who declared this January after a strong finish to his college career. His receiving exploits over his late career made a human highlight film. He had a dominant performance in the NC bowl loss to West Virginia in the Meineke Bowl. He combines very good size with excellent hands and the speed, quickness and strength to beat a defense in a number of ways. His ability to run after the catch with the speed to break the play has enabled him to be both a deep threat and a terrific intermediate receiver. He has been the go-to receiver in the talented NC passing offense that probably gets three receivers selected in the NFL Draft ‘09. He is very good at getting off the line, combining quickness and power to fight off the jam and get into his routes easily. He is rarely forced off his pattern with the agility to drop his weight well to make crisp cuts and ability to retain his good speed. He reads coverage well and knows the situation and where the markers are to make the key first down. He works the end zone and sidelines very well, displaying outstanding body control and the leaping ability to make the acrobatic catch. He has a very big receiving radius that allows him to make the toughest catch look routine. He is very tough in jump ball situations where his height and leaping skills give him a considerable advantage whether facing single or double coverage. He closes the cornerback’s cushion quickly and can come out of his breaks with good speed. He is a big athlete who has excellent strength and toughness to fight off tacklers and break the underneath-pass for a long gain. It usually takes more than one tackler to bring him down. His fine cutting skills allow him to change directions quickly and maintain top speed despite his big frame. After the catch, he is dangerous, showing acceleration and the burst of speed to run away from defenders. He is a physical blocker who helps his team’s ground game by his presence and he can wall off and seal the edge, in addition to overpowering a defender. As a runner, he has the explosiveness to take the simple slip screen or hitch pass for a long gain, combining the fast acceleration with good long distance speed.
The Numbers: As a junior, he caught 68 passes for 1222 yards and 12 TDs for a fine 18 yard average that earned him ACC honors. As a sophomore, he caught 74 passes for 958 yards and 5 TDs while starting 11 of 12 games. During his true freshman season, he started all 11 games and made 39 catches for 660 yards and 4 TDs for an impressive 16 yard average per catch. At the NFL Combine, he checked at just under 6’1” and 212 lbs. and ran 4.51 and 4.52 times. He did a 36” VL, but pulled a hamstring and stopped the workout.
The Skinny: Young physical go-to receiver, with the AA and level of development to be a major addition to a pro offense. He has well developed receiving skills and a keen sense of coverage and openings in the secondary to get open. He has the ability to stretch the field and draw double coverage consistently that opens up opportunities for other receivers. He is reminiscent of the big receivers in the game like the Cowboys’ Terrell Owens in size, speed and running style. He is capable of fitting into any type of offense and should compete for a starting job immediately. Special playmaker with the well rounded talent to provide both a deep threat and a very tough possession receiver for the passing game. He has athletic ability to be an immediate difference maker in the right setting. Big game performer with the package to give an offense a difference maker in the passing game. The Giants, Rams and Jaguars interested in the late 1st/ early 2nd round.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.