WR Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants: Destined for a Better 2010 Season

Mike Gliddon@mikegliddonCorrespondent IApril 2, 2010

 

Nowadays, first round draft picks in the NFL are expected to make an immediate impact.

If they don't perform well in their first few years then they are considered busts and looked down upon in the NFL community.

Luckily, this doesn't seem to be the case for New York Giants' wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. In fact, the second-year player out of the University of North Carolina may have already exceeded expectations.

But now that we have seen what he can do, we are expecting him to excel. And he should.

The 2009 season saw many rookie receivers enter the NFL and Nicks, along with Jeremy Maclin, Percy Harvin, and Kenny Britt, all impressed as first round selections.

But, in my opinion, Nicks had arguably the best season.

While Harvin walked away with Rookie of the Year honors, Nicks had the better yards per catch average at 16.8 and tied Harvin for touchdowns with six.

When you consider the fact that Nicks and Harvin both ended up with 790 receiving yards, and that Nicks played one less game, you can argue that he should have won the award.

But enough dwelling on last year, let's move onto 2010.

Nicks should eclipse the numbers that he put up as a rookie and have an even better second season.

He has gigantic hands and good size for a wide receiver at 6'1", 215 lbs.  He also has underrated speed and the uncanny ability to make big plays.

With a full year of catching passes from Eli Manning under his belt, expect Nicks to top his spectacular rookie campaign and produce a great 2010 season.

 

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