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Rookie Profile - Week 8

  Posted 10/27 by Jeff Tefertiller, Exclusive for Footballguys.com

Player: Hakeem Nicks

College: North Carolina

Drafted: 1st round, 29th overall

College Stats

Year
Rec
Yards
Avg
Lng
TDs
2006
39
660
16.9
83
4
2007
74
958
12.9
53
5
2008
68
1,222
18.0
74
12
Totals
181
2,840
15.7
83
21

College Highlights

Freshman Year

During his freshman season, Nicks started all 11 games in which he played, missing one game due to an ankle sprain. Nicks led the team and set UNC single-season records for receptions and receiving yards by a freshman. Ranked third in the ACC in receiving yards per game and eighth in receptions per game.

Sophomore Year

Nicks improved dramatically in his sophomore season, setting a single-season school record with 74 catches for 958 receiving yards along with five touchdowns. His single-season receiving yards were the third most in school history. Nicks finished second in the ACC with 79.8 receiving yards per game and third with 6.17 catches per game. Has made at least one catch in 22 of 23 games played and caught at least two passes in each game his sophomore season.

Junior Year

Nicks was honored as a First-team All-ACC selection at wide receiver. By the completion of his Junior season, Nicks set 14 school records at UNC, including career receptions (181), career receiving yards (2,580) and career touchdowns (21). During his last season, Nicks tallied 68 catches for school records of 1,222 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 68 receptions tied for third most in a season in school history. Nicks led the ACC and ranked 12th nationally with 94.0 receiving yards per game. Nicks caught at least one pass in 26 straight games and had a catch in 35 of 36 career games. He set the UNC single-season receiving yardage record and became North Carolina's first 1,000-yard receiver.

Predraft Measurables

Ht
Wt
40-yd
10-yd splt
20-yd splt
20ss
3-cone
vert
wndrlc
6'0 3/4
212
4.49
1.52
2.6
4.43
6.96
36"
11

From wikipedia.org.

2009 Production To Date

Hakeem Nicks was injured in week one. Since coming back from the foot injury, the rookie has scored in all four games. For the season, Nicks has 16 receptions for 315 yards and the four scoring grabs. Yes, the touchdown against the Cardinals Sunday night was a lucky bounce but Nicks showed good speed outrunning the defenders to the end zone. He is a player with a very bright future. Even while playing in only five games, Nicks has the most receiving yards by a Giant rookie since Bobby Johnson's 795 in 1084. Nicks has a great chance to top that number.

Best Game To Date

With four consecutive good games, it was difficult to name just one "Best" game. Nicks played very well in the week five game against the New Orleans Saints. It was his best fantasy week of the year. In that contest, Nicks caught five balls for 114 yards and the touchdown. I have a feeling that the game against the Saints will not be his best game of the season. Nicks is gaining confidence and looks to have a very productive last half of the season.

Situation In 2009

Nicks is still working his way into the lineup since coming back from a foot injury. He is in the process of passing Mario Manningham to start, and play, in two-receiver sets. Manningham is very athletic but makes way too many mistakes. The Giants will need Nicks' fearlessness this season. He is the only physical pass catcher in New York. Nicks could be the key to the Giant offense the rest of the way. He is finally healthy and able to contribute.

Long-term Situation

Nicks will start in New York opposite Steve Smith. The Giants do not have a great red zone receiver which will bode well for Nicks. The team has been looking for a big play receiver and Nicks makes a great complement to Smith, who is a good possession receiver. The Giants will have Mario Manningham as the third receiver to give the team a good, young receiving corps.

Potential Upside

Nicks has legitimate potential to be an elite fantasy receiver. He possesses good hands and the ability to make plays after the reception. The New York Giant passing offense is a perfect fit for the skill set of the former North Carolina Tar Heel. The team needs a big play receiver after the departure of Plaxico Burress. He has a tremendous innate ability to know where he is on the field and turn short receptions into huge gains with seemingly little effort. In addition, Eli Manning will enjoy having a fearless receiver working the middle of the field. Anyone who watched the Tar Heels' game against the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Meineke Car Bowl saw a glimpse of the immense potential. The behind the back catch is one that many will remember for a long time. Even in the preseason, Nicks had a monster game against the crosstown Jets with six catches for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Nicks' ability to make a difficult catch in traffic will serve him well in the NFL. He looks to have the total package and will be a force as early as this season.

Here are some highlights for Nicks (unless you are a Kanye fan, you might turn down the volume).

College Profile from NFL.com

Positives: Passes the eyeball test. Good initial quickness off the snap. Good strength and lateral agility to fight through press coverage. Sneaky downfield speed. Good burst out of his breaks to generate separation, especially on slants. Rare body control for a player of his size. Can contort his body in space to make the spectacular reception. Sticky hands. Can snatch out of the air or absorb with his body when he feels an impending big hit. Knows where the sidelines, down markers and, most important, end zone are. Good height and leaping ability for the fade. Rare strength, balance and agility to turn short and intermediate catches into long gains. Good vision to cut back against the grain. Improved with each year of experience. Might just be scratching the surface of his potential.

Negatives: Questionable deep speed. May lack the top-end speed to challenge defensive backs over the top, allowing savvy NFL defenders to close off the crossing routes on which Nicks generated much of his success. One of three legitimate NFL-caliber receivers for the Tar Heels, and capitalized on defenses spread thin.

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