Elijah Hicks

Elijah Hicks

Measurements
  • Height
    5107
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
  • Weight
    198lbs
  • Arm
    30 1/2
  • Speed
S Combine Averages
  • Height
    5117
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    204lbs
  • Arm
    31 3/4
  • Speed
    4.56
Peter Engler - Scout
Elijah Hicks
  • Overall Rank
    195
  • Position Rank
    15
  • Position
    S
  • Age
    22.7 Years
  • Team
    CAL-BERKELEY

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles PBUs Yds/Cov Snap Sacks Misc. Stats
2017 12 38 3 1.26 0 2 TFL, 2 FF
2018 13 31 2 0.78 0 5 TFL, 1 TD
2019 13 42 5 0.89 2 2 TFL
2020 4 28 2 0.28 0
2021 12 72 2 0.51 1 5.5 TFL, 4 FF

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Poor height and weight. Adequate arm definition with poor length and above the line hand size. Extremely skinny frame with tight shoulders. Thick thighs. Played in every game of his five-year career. Missed spring ball in 2018 due to unspecified injury. Sat out Pro Day due to foot injury.

  • Size
    3
  • Length
    3
  • Frame/Durability
    8
Grade 4.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Aligns the defense pre-snap. Hustles throughout the play and fights for the ball. Drives his feet through contact. As a tackler, has a nose for the football and frequently punches it out. ... Consistently misled by simple backfield eye candy, with poor instincts to key R/P, identify route combos, or follow the QB's eyes. In the box, struggles to follow the ball, seemingly due to inability to see over OL.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    3
  • Effort/Motor
    8
Grade 6.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Lateral mover who is much more comfortable coming downhill than turning his back to the ball. Displays above the line lateral agility and COD with adequate explosiveness. Adequate play strength, impressive for his size, that can off-balance ballcarrier and jar the ball away. ... Average foot speed that can't get to the sideline from deep middle and will struggle to recover. Limited body control and balance, slipping frequently and using unnecessary steps and arm movements to maneuver.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    5
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 5.7

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Flashes physicality to disrupt receivers and smaller TEs at top of route, with adequate punch power and timing. As a robber, breaks downhill physically and will attack the ball. Above the line tracking and will make some diving catches. Willing run defender who crashes quickly down the line. Willing to fit the hole and drag down ballcarrier. Closes quickly as a blitzer, fighting to half-man of RB and using toughness and hustle to attack QB.... Slow, choppy backpedal that slows transition. Stiff hips that hinder turn as well as plant and drive. Limited coverage ability, struggling to anticipate route breaks in Man with average reactivity. From Off, needs to be physical and land hands in order to get in phase. In Deep Zone, lacks foot speed to consistently get outside the numbers. Average ball skills, hurt by length and average body control. Struggles to stay on top of Run. Likely to miss more tackles against NFL-caliber contact balance.

  • Hip Fluidity
    4
  • Burst to Close
    6
  • Plant and Drive
    5
  • Run Support
    5
  • Cover Ability
    4
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    5
  • Backpedal
    4
  • Ball Skills
    5
Grade 4.8

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Fifth-year who has started 46 of 54 career games, including all 12 in 2021. Three-star HS recruit as a CB who was starting by the end of his true freshman season. Played in every game over his five seasons. Moved to safety in 2020. Founded non-profit in 2020, named semi-finalist for Jason Witten Award. In 2021, named Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-Pac-12, won Pop Warner College Football Award and team MVDP, while also being named semifinalist for Campbell Trophy and Jason Witten award. Under DC Peter Sirmon (second year) and DBs Coach Tre Watson (first season), Elijah Hicks typically played as a MOFC safety who came downhill as a robber from Cover 2 shells or pick up the inside receiver in 3x1 sets. Rotational Special Teams player who wins with hustle and toughness. Laterally quick enough to avoid blockers and win in the box, shows a knack for forcing fumbles. Lacks instincts or size to excel on defense.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Oregon State
  • Oct - 31 - 2021
  • Caught an INT and dropped another
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Oregon
  • Oct - 15 - 2021
  • Played slow, was frequently around the ball
Best Trait
Hustle
Pro Comparison
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