Hakeem Nicks Stats Scouting Report
Sports Xchange Scouting Report
OVERVIEW:The first Tar Heel underclassman to declare for the NFL Draft since defensive end Julius Peppers in 2001, Nicks left his mark in the school and Atlantic Coast Conference record books before bolting for the National Football League. He established North Carolina career records for receptions (181), receiving yards (2,840) and touchdown catches (21). He also holds the school single-season records with twelve touchdown receptions and 1,222 yards receiving in 2008, having set the single-season record for catches (74) the previous year.
Nicks' numbers also found him ranking 13th all-time in the Atlantic Coast Conference for receptions and 11th for receiving yards. Among active ACC players, his 10 100-yard receiving performances tops the league, as his 181 receptions rank second and his 2,840 yards is a league best.
Nicks was a Super Prep and EA Sports first-team All-American at Independence High School, where he was ranked the eighth-best player in North Carolina and the 22nd-best wide receiver in the country by Super Prep as a senior. He was named MVP of the Class 4-AA state championship game after leading Independence (15-0) to a 38-19 win over New Bern, coming up with eight receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns (11 and 80 yards) in Independence's 92nd consecutive victory. He never lost a game in his high school career.
Nicks was a North Carolina Associated Press All-State and Charlotte Observer Offensive Player of the Year choice. Rivals.com rated him the state's fourth-best prospect as he received membership to North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team, where he caught a 37-yard touchdown pass among his three catches for 42 yards. In his final season, he led the state with 93 receptions for 1,819 yards and 20 touchdowns, including 10 in the playoffs. That year, he had three straight games with 10 or more catches.
As a true freshman at North Carolina, Nicks earned Freshman All-American and Freshman All-ACC first-team honors from The Sporting News. He started all 11 games he appeared in, sitting out the South Florida clash with an ankle sprain. He led the team and set school single-season records for freshman, catching 39 passes for 660 yards (16.9 avg) that included four touchdowns. His average of 60.0 yards receiving per game ranked third in the conference.
In 2007, Nicks earned All-ACC first-team and All-American honorable mention from The NFL Draft Report. He set the school single-season record with 74 receptions, gaining 958 yards (12.9 avg) with five touchdowns. He went over 100 receiving yards three times as a sophomore and had at least five catches in 10 contests, ranking third in the league with an average of 6.17 catches and second with 79.83 yards receiving per game.
As a junior, Nicks was again named All-American honorable mention and All-ACC first-team. For the third time, he paced the Tar Heels with 68 catches, setting school single-season records with 1,222 yards (18.0 avg) and 12 touchdowns. He also picked up 34 yards and a score on six reverses and helped out on special teams, returning seven kickoffs for 134 yards (19.0 avg) to go with two solo tackles.
ANALYSIS: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.
INJURY REPORT:2006: Sat out the South Florida game (10/18) with an ankle sprain.
2007: Missed part of the second half of the South Carolina clash (10/13) with a high ankle sprain.
CAREER NOTES:Nicks started all 36 games he played in for the Tar Heels...His 181 receptions topped the old school career record of 177 grabs by Jarwarski Pollock (2001-05) and rank 13th in Atlantic Coast Conference annals...His 2,840 yards receiving broke the previous Tar Heels all-time record of 2,447 yards by Corey Holliday (1989-93) and placed Nicks 11th on the ACC career record chart...His 21 touchdown receptions bettered the old school all-time record of 19 by Octavus Barnes (1994-97)...Produced 74 receptions in 2007, topping the UNC single-season record of 71 grabs by Jarwarski Pollock in 2003...He became the first player in school history to gain more than 1,000 yards receiving, as his 1,222 yards in 2008 topped the previous Tar Heels record of 990 yards by Sam Aiken in 2003...His 12 touchdown grabs in 2008 broke the old school annual record of nine scoring grabs by Marcus Wall in 1994...Registered 10 games with at least 100 yards receiving, best among active Atlantic Coast Conference players...Nicks' 217 yards receiving vs. West Virginia in the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl were the second most by a Tar Heel, and he became just the third player in school history to post a 200-yard receiving game. Nicks joined Randy Marriott (247 vs. Georgia Tech in 1987) and Octavus Barnes (211 vs. Ohio in 1995).
AGILITY TESTS:Campus: 10'0" broad jump...4.02 20-yard shuttle...6.93 three-cone drill...Bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times.
Combine: 4.51 in the 40-yard dash...1.52 10-yard dash...2.6 20-yard dash...36-inch vertical jump. Did not participate in jumps, shuttle runs and 225-pound bench press after suffering a hamstring strain.
HIGH SCHOOL:Attended Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Tommy Knotts...Super Prep and EA Sports first-team All-American...Ranked the eighth-best player in North Carolina and the 22nd-best wide receiver in the country by Super Prep as a senior...Named MVP of the Class 4-AA state championship game after leading Independence (15-0) to a 38-19 win over New Bern, coming up with eight receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns (11 and 80 yards) in Independence's 92nd consecutive victory. He never lost a game in his high school career...North Carolina Associated Press All-State and Charlotte Observer Offensive Player of the Year choice...Rivals.com rated him the state's fourth-best prospect as he received membership to North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team, where he caught a 37-yard touchdown pass among his three catches for 42 yards. ... In his final season, he led the state with 93 receptions for 1,819 yards and 20 touchdowns, including 10 in the playoffs...That year, he had three straight games with 10 or more catches.