Biography: Moved in with the first team as a senior and posted 34/2.5/1.5. Junior totals included seven tackles and two tackles for loss, after seeing limited action in 13 games.
Positives: Late-developing defensive line prospect with potential as a conventional tackle or two-gap end. Relatively athletic, moves well about the field, and is fluid moving laterally chasing the action. Explodes off the snap with a great first step, breaks down well, and quickly closes to the ball handler. Plays with good lean, doubled at the point of attack, yet he slides off blocks to get to the action. Resilient and rarely off his feet.
Negatives: Struggles shedding blocks once engaged at the point of attack. Has been marginally productive in college.
Analysis: Ricks is an underrated yet legitimate NFL prospect and a prospect with a good degree of upside. He possesses better-than-average size/speed numbers and may just need a little time to complete his game.
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