Position:OLB Class: Sr School:
Kansas St. Conference:
Big 12 Ht., Wt.: 6'0, 231 40 Time: 4.72 Grade: 3.54
BIO: Finished second on the team in tackles as a senior posting 107/13/4 after a junior campaign in which he totaled 79/15/4.
POSITIVES: Athletic and hard-hitting strong-side linebacker best between the hashes. Breaks down well, holds his ground against blocks or defeats them altogether. Disciplined, stays with assignments and quick to read the action. Collapses from the outside to defend the run and a solid tackler that wraps up ball carriers. Gets depth on pass drops in zone coverage, reacts well to the ball and nicely flows to the play. Competitive and always flying around the football.
NEGATIVES: Not a sudden defender that flashes on the scene. Only average man-cover skills and hesitant turning back to the pass. Seems better in a straight line and lacks top speed to the flanks.
ANALYSIS: A high-intensity defender that plays with reckless abandon, Hickman offers a nice combination of strength and speed for the next level. Style is best suited for the strong side though he'd benefit from adding bulk to his frame.