Hakeem Nicks A Sleeper In NFL Draft

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Published: March 26, 2009


... is in the top four best wide receivers in this year's draft.

A high school All-American, Nicks didn't disappoint Tar Heel fans during his stay at UNC. He quickly drew scout's attention in his freshman and sophomore campaigns when he  caught 113 balls for 1,618 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two years on campus.

His best year was his standout junior year, when he caught 68 passes for 1,222 yards and 12 touchdowns, which earned him a spot on the All-ACC First Team. He really opened eyes when he caught eight passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against West Virginia.

Hicks lacks elite stopwatch speed, but so did Anquan Boldin and Chad Johnson. He had an arm span of 33.5 inches and a hand span of 10.5 inches at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Some of his positives include his super hands that can adjust to horribly-thrown passes. He also has good initial quickness off the snap. He could easily pass a sight test. He has ...

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