There seems to be a lot of doubts about taking Hicks with the 29th pick. My question is why? Seems like Crabtree was on everyone's (except Al Davis') wishlist. The highlight reel makes Crabtree look like the greatest thing since sliced cheese. I looked at some numbers and found this.
Crabtree had a monster 2007. 134 recs, 1962yds, 14.6 avg, 22tds. Last year, 97 recs, 1165yds, 12 avg, 19td.
Hicks in 07 had 74 recs, 958yds, 16.9avg, 4 tds. Last year he had 68 catches, 1222 yards, 18.0avg and 12 tds.
If Hicks had caught the same amount of balls that Crabtree caught, his numbers would kill Crabtree. Look at Hicks' last year and Crabtree's first year, if you give Hick those 134 catches, with that monster 18 yd avg, Nicks kills him by almost 500 yards.
Last year biggest games statwise for Crabtree-Nevada, 7 rec, 158 yds, 22.6 avg, 1td. Against SMU, 8 recs, 164 yds, 20.5 avg and 3 tds. Did not show up in the bowl game. 4 recs, 30 yds, 7.5avg and a td.
Biggest game stats for Hicks-Notre Dame 9 recs, 141yds, 15.7avg no tds. Against BC, 8 catches, 139 yards, 17.4 avg and 3 tds. The bowl game was monster against WV 8 catches, 217yds, 27.1avg, 3tds.
Last two year average- Crabtree 231 catches, 3127 yds, 13.5 avg and 41 tds.
Nicks 142 catches, 2180 yds, 15.4avg and 16 tds. Seems to me that Hicks does a little more with less. We should be able to live with this guy.
Texas Tech and UNC run two totally different offenses. For what we do and how we do it, Hicks was an excellent pick.