WR Hakeem Nicks - New York Giants
|6-3, 212||Born: 1-14-1988||College: North Carolina||Drafted: Round 1, pick 29|
Quick fantasy outlook: What a difference a season makes. This time last year, there were more questions about Victor Cruz and whether Cruz' breakout 2011 season was a harbinger of things to come than there were questions about Hakeem Nicks' reputation as a young, dominant WR1. Yet, another season of injuries (and another stellar year from Cruz) now has NFL observers wondering if Nicks has a future as one of the Giants centerpieces. Let's be clear, there is NOTHING to criticize from an ability standpoint. Hicks has great size, good enough speed, runs sharp routes, is aggressive at the point of attack, knows how to use his body to gain position on defenders, and can break ankles in the open field. The only question Nicks has to answer is whether he can stay on the field, at or near 100%. Last year a foot injury robbed Nicks of his explosiveness, and it showed (53 receptions for 692 yards and 3 touchdowns), but he swears a minor cleanup procedure over the offseason changed his fates for the better. As though Nicks needed more incentive to bounce back, he's entering his free agency year - if healthy, the sky is the limit.
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