Report: Steelers To Schedule Regina DE Akiem Hicks For Pre Draft Visit

Ed Bouchette from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports on Monday that the Pittsburgh Steelers are arranging for a pre draft visit for University of Regina defensive end Akiem Hicks. Hicks measured in at the NFL scouting combine at 6045 and weighed 318 pounds. He has long arms at 35 1/8 and sports a 10 1/4 hand size. His unofficial 40 yard dash time was 5.23 and he did 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. His vertical jump was 31.5 inches to go along with a 9 foot broad jump. His 20 yard shuttle time was 4.86 seconds and his three cone time was 7.75 seconds.

Hicks led the 2011 Canada West conference with 6.5 sacks during the regular season. He led his team in solo tackles (38), total tackles (35.5) and forced fumbles (two). He also had 8 thrown for loss tackles to go along with 3 pass break ups and 3 passes defensed.

Hicks was originally recruited by LSU but left the program following an NCAA investigation. He played up and down the line for Regina and is likely best suited as a 5 technique defensive end at the next level. He needs work in holding his ground at the point of attack, but sheds his blocker well when lined up outside. He also shows great gap ability and can also push the pocket well when lined up inside or out. He is very raw and most likely will be drafted in the 6th or 7th round if selected at all.

You can watch some Youtube video of him below:

  • Kingtut499

    Very Raw. 6’4 @ 318 Lbs is great! looks top heavy and has good feet. Never heard of Univ of Regina.Is the Univ of Virgina her Sister?

  • I like him as a potential late round pick.

  • SteelerRod58

    plays WAY TOO High, but has potential if can get in a conditioning program with our coaches.

    I totally trust the Steelers’ Scouts. They absolutely know what to look for in defensive players on or near the line of scrimmage.

  • Garyfreeland739

    He’s worth a flyer in the late rounds.

  • Kreider2727

    I’m a huge Steeler fan but listen to me on this…this guy won’t cut it in the NFL. A good high school team in the US would give a good go to a Canadian university team. Canadian university ball does not field the same level of athlete as the US in relation to athletic ability, speed, strength, etc…
    By the way, i’m Canadian

  • He was recruited by, and signed with LSU, which is consistently one of the top 5 programs in college football. He ended up in Canada, because of recruiting violations, which effected his eligibility.

  • He looks like he’s playing against high school kids. The Steelers were just awarded 3 7th round compensatory picks, so if he’s still there…why not.