New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks: The Mock Interview

Matthew ValentineContributor IMay 29, 2009

Hakeem Nicks, the Giants' highly touted first-round draft pick out of the University of North Carolina could play a key role in the Giants' success this season. With that in mind, here are some questions for the rookie wideout.

First, can you talk a little about what your draft day experience was like and how you felt when you got the call from the Giants?

Did you expect to be taken earlier, or did you have a good idea of where you would go in the draft?

Assuming that the Giants are now your favorite NFL team, which team did you root for growing up?

Growing up, who was your biggest role model?

Which current NFL player do you admire the most and why?

Most of us have seen your spectacular behind-the-back catch against West Virgina. What do you consider your best play on the field to date?

What's been your best moment in football so far?

What's been your worst moment in football?

Could you describe your daily routine since joining the Giants?

In your opinion, what's been the biggest difference between the NFL and college?

How was the rookie mini-camp and getting to meet all the coaches, especially head coach Tom Coughlin?

How much do you think working in a pro-style offense at UNC helped to prepare you for the transition to the NFL?

What part of your game do you think you need to work on most to be successful in the NFL?

Have you been able to talk to any of the veteran players, and if so what advice have you taken from them?

I know it's still extremely early, but have you been able to speak with Eli Manning? If so, what was that conversation like?

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has stated that the competition at wide receiver is wide open. Where do you see yourself slotting in?

Talk a little about the transition from living in North Carolina to moving to New York City.

Playing in NYC can be tough on some athletes. How do you plan on dealing with the inevitable pressure that comes with playing in such a big media market?

Your former coach Butch Davis has compared you favorably to Michael Irvin. How do you feel about that comparison? Do you think it's a fair assessment of your skill set?

What expectations do you have for yourself and for the team in 2009?

Hakeem, I'd like to thank you for your time and wish you the best of luck in your rookie season.