SB Nation Writers Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick #26

No. 26


Pick by Baltimore Beatdown

Hakeem Nicks
Wide receiver

North Carolina

The latest team to turn their note card into the commissioner is Baltimore. Let's see if blogger Rexx in fact beat this pick down.

Hakeem Nicks is listed at 6'1" and 210 pounds. The measurements vary slightly between different websites, but this appears to be close enough. Nicks had 68 receptions for 1,222 yards and 12 touchdowns, leading the ACC with an average of 94 receiving yards per game in the 2008 season for the North Carolina Tar Heels. He earned First Team All ACC honors and needed only three seasons to set 14 school records, including career receptions (181), career receiving yards (2,580) and career touchdowns (21). Nicks' hands are like glue and while he is known through this YouTube clip for his incredilbe catches in the 2008 Meinke Care Care Bowl game versus West Virginia, his season was full of highlight reel plays (Click here to see more).

You can have your Jeremy Macklin, Percy Harvin, Darius Heyward-Bey, even Michael Crabtree (his foot injury worries me). For pure football skills, including the combination of size, strength, route running, YAC ability and yes, speed (football speed, not just 40 yard dash speed), Hakeem Nicks would be the perfect fit for the Baltimore Ravens with the 26th pick in the first round in April's NFL Draft.

MTD thoughts: Another good pick. If Baltimore wants Joe Flacco's improvement to continue, a wide receiver needs to be the pick early in the draft.

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