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I admittedly did not know much about Aikens other than his position and school, as he must have slipped through the cracks during the pre-draft process in a deep cornerback class. He was not invited to the combine and was the first non-combine player selected in the draft.
Aikens was kicked out of Illinois after being charged with possession of stolen property, a situation which he cleared up in talking to the media after being drafted, according to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.
His combination of length, quickness and aggressiveness reminds me of 2013 third-round pick Will Davis, and at the very least Aikens should push both Davis and Jamar Taylor.
But the pick is still a bit curious, especially with other corners like Pierre Desir on the board, as well as offensive line talents like David Yankey, Dakota Dozier and Cyril Richardson still available.