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Browns Interested in WR Hakeem Nicks


Yesterday, Browns' offensive personnel travelled to North Carolina to conduct a workout with Tar Heel wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. This will further fuel the Braylon Edwards trade rumours to the New York Giants because the Giants are considering selecting Nicks with their 29th overall pick, and that pick could be traded away to the Browns as part of the package for Edwards.
Nicks may not have the same degree of name recognition as Rutgers' Britt or Texas Tech's Crabtree, however, Hakeem has some very good assets to offer the Browns. He has decent size (bigger than Dixon and Smith of the Giants but smaller than Edwards) - 6 foot one and just under 215 pounds. He comes from a decent football program in a good Conference (ACC). At the Combine, Nicks ran the 40-yard dash in a time of 4.63. That is certainly not lightning fast as 27 other wide receivers ran it faster. His vertical jump was a height of 36.0; again, not overly impressive as 14 other wide receivers jumped it higher at the Combine.
But drills at the Combine are not everything. In terms of performance on the field and having the capability to make big plays in pressure situations, Hakeem shines. In his first two seasons for the Tar Heels, Nicks scored nine touchdowns and caught 113 passes for more than 1600 yards. As a junior, Hakeem was a first team all-ACC selection. He caught 68 balls for more than 1200 yards and 12 touchdowns. Perhaps most impressive, when North Carolina played a Bowl game against West Virginia, Nicks turned in what should be considered the best performance of a wide receiver in the 2008-2009 Bowl season. He caught eight passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns in a single game. The strength and intensity that Hakeem displayed in that Bowl game are more than enough in our opinion to make him a solid late first round or early second round Draft choice. He is a very good athlete.
This discussion serves another purpose. The fact that Nicks is expected to be available at the 29th overall pick or even a little later than that in the upcoming Draft shows that very good wide receivers can be taken much later than the Browns' current fifth overall pick. There is no need for panic in Berea. There is certainly no need to forego a great defensive player like Texas Longhorn defensive end Brian Orakpo as our first pick by selecting Crabtree (if he is available) or Britt. Stick to the plan Cleveland - go with Orakpo.
Go Browns!
-Clayton
Devo's Cleveland Browns

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