Akiem Jamar Hicks (born November 16, 1989) is an American football nose tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He played college football at Sacramento City College and at the University of Regina. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft, 89th overall, by the New Orleans Saints.
Early life and college Edit
A native of the
Sacramento metropolitan area in the US state of California, Hicks was born in Elk Grove, attended Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, and began his college career at Sacramento City College. After the 2008 season, he was rated as a top junior college player and signed to play at LSU. However, recruiting violations by LSU made him ineligible for the 2009 season; unable to transfer to another American football program, he went to work at a DirecTV call center in Colorado Springs, Colorado while he considered his next move. Hicks had an offer to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, but decided instead to continue his education and college football career with the Regina Rams of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. After his first season at Regina, he was drafted by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, but again decided to stay in college. In his second year at Regina, he made 42 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks and was named the CWUAA's top lineman. A strong performance in the East-West Shrine Game increased his profile with NFL scouts. 
Professional career Edit
The Saints drafted Hicks in the third round of the
2012 NFL Draft; it was the Saints' first pick of the draft. He became the ninth Canadian Interuniversity Sport player to be selected in the NFL draft, and the second-highest NFL draft pick in CIS history (behind only Mike Schad, a first round pick in 1986).
Lourie, Steven. "New Orleans Saints 2012 Draft Grades" . http://www.footballfanspot.com/saintsdraft2012.htm . Retrieved 5/4/12.
↑ Dan Ralph,
"Akiem Hicks's path to the 2012 NFL draft has been a long, sometimes bizarre one", The Canadian Press at 660news.com, April 25, 2012.
↑ Joe Davidson,
"Akiem Hicks of Del Campo, Sacramento City goes in 3rd round of NFL Draft to Saints", , April 27, 2012. The Sacramento Bee ↑
"Regina Rams star drafted into the NFL: Canada West’s top lineman Hicks picked 89th overall by New Orleans", , April 28, 2012. Calgary Herald
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