Hakeem Nicks Scouting Report
|School:||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|Height & Weight:||6'2 - 210 lbs.|
2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin, Percy Harvin and Darrius Heyward-Bey are the obvious first four wide receivers that will be eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft. After that it gets a little fuzzy and Hakeem Nicks will be right in the mix as a second or third round selection. Nicks has opted to take advantage of the lack of solid receivers after the big four and declared himself for the NFL Draft after his junior season. The 6-2 wideout has had three productive years with the Tar Heels. As a freshman in 2006 he caught 39 passes for 660 yards, both records for a North Carolina freshman. As a sophomore he caught 74 passes for 958 yards and five touchdowns. His 958 yards ranked third all-time in UNC history. He shattered the record in 2008, tallying 1,222 receiving yards. He also set a record with 12 touchdown receptions. Even with playing just three years, Nicks has been the most prolific receiver in Tar Heel history. Nicks is not a pure speed receiver, but he has certainly been productive. At 6-2 and 210 pounds, he has decent size and could develop into a solid complimentary receiver on just about any team in the NFL. It will take a big effort to move up into the first round, but Nicks' performance at the combine should be the difference between a second and third round selection. 2/11 Update: Nicks may even be able to sneak into the first round if teams start going after wide receivers early. Nicks is looking more and more like the fifth best receiver in the draft. The difference will be how well he does in the combine. There are some speed concerns with Nicks and if he quells those concerns, he will be a first or second round selection. 4/16 Update: Nicks suffered an injury at the combine and his inability to workout between the combine and his Pro Day caused some issues. He gained a lot of weight during that time and now many have questioned his commitment. Even before he pulled his hamstring at the combine, Nicks did not answer any of the speed concerns and ran a 4.51 40-yard dash.
Last Updated 2009-04-16T02:03-06:00 by Joel Welser