Draft Rewind 2012 – Akiem Hicks – New Orleans Saints

What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about AKIEM HICKS: Regina (Canada), 6045 318 5.21. Started two years that included 18 games at Regina. A big man with long arms and big hands for the position. Caught evaluators’ attention at the weigh-in at the Shrine Game with his impressive size. Strong enough to push the pocket. Explosive first step quickness. Has experience playing up or down in a two or three point stance. Needs more pass rushing technique. Tries to power rush too often. Relies on his quickness. Needs to work on keeping his pad level down and playing with leverage on the blocks. Lacks the consistent footwork to get leverage. Can improve his recognition on down blocks. Has the size to stay in and stack the block. Good upside based on measurables. Will need pro physical development. Played two years at Sacramento City College before signing with LSU. Was ruled ineligible for impermissible benefits during his recruiting. 2011 stats: 42 tackles, 8 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF. Edge speed:left 2.16, right 2.59. OSR:25/ 25. Fourth/fifth round. (A-35 1/8, H-10 1/4, BP-26, 10-1.76).

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