|Akiem Hicks Scouting Report
|Akiem Hicks - Regina (HT: 6-4⅝ - WT: 318)
Positives -- Has a tremendous burst with his first step and combine that with his size and you have yourself a force in the middle... Has some of the longest arms in the draft at 35⅛"; allows him to knock away blockers and make tackles that normal nose tackles couldn't make... Very similar to
Kenrick Ellis, third round pick of the New York Jets a year ago; both possess elite athleticism for guys their size and if they put it together they can change games... Very strong and can anchor down an offensive lineman and allow linebackers to fly to the ball... Has a great rip move that could dominate at any level... Was a highly recruited player coming from the junior college ranks and originally committed to LSU... Has experience playing in both the 4-3 and 3-4, so there are no restrictions on which team could take him and where he would fit.
Negatives -- Played college ball in Canada so his level of competition isn't up to par or even comparable with any level of NCAA football... The lack of competition has led him into some bad habits including just relying on his size to get by; he was exposed during the Shrine game and it's something that he's really going to have eliminate... Needs to use his hands a lot more than he currently does; NFL guards and centers will be able to handle a guy of his size so he must learn how to disengage... Minor character concerns; he was investigated for receiving illegal transportation and it left him ineligible for LSU... Tendency to give up on plays that aren't run directly at him; needs to change this or he'll find himself riding the pine in the NFL... Struggles with his balance at times; needs to use his hands to keep himself up... The ultimate boom or bust prospect; he'll either be really good or be out of the league in three years.
At Regina -- (Official School Bio) 2011: Named a CIS first-team All-Canadian, Canada West's outstanding lineman, and a Canada West all-star in his second season with the Rams... set a University of Regina single-season record with 6½ sacks during the conference schedule... led the Rams outright and all Canada West linemen with 35½ tackles during the conference season... also had eight tackles for loss, three pass breakups, and forced two fumbles... had a team-high 10½ tackles and two tackles for loss in the Rams' Canada West semifinal game at Calgary. 2010: Named a Canada West all-star in his first season with the Rams... recorded 12 solo tackles and 17 assisted tackles... had four tackles for loss and one pass knockdown... forced two fumbles and registered 1½ sacks... had 3½ tackles in the team's conference semifinal game at Calgary (Nov. 6). Personal: Born Nov. 16, 1989... enrolled in the Faculty of Arts... played for the Sacramento City College Panthers in 2007 and 2008 before coming to the U of R... was a Mid-Empire Conference first-team all-star in 2008 with SCC... was ranked No. 4 among defensive tackles and No. 20 among all junior prospects in the 2009 junior college recruiting class by Rivals.com... drafted in the 10th round (48th overall) by the Omaha Nighthawks in the 2011 UFL Draft... represented Team East at the 2012 East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla... is thought to be the first CIS player ever to be invited to the NFL Combine.