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Hakeem Nicks: One-Year Wonder or the NY Giants' Next Great Wide Receiver?

Lace BanachekAnalyst IApril 29, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 27:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the North Carolina Tar Heels smiles before the start of their game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium on December 27, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Some people are naturally gifted and they seek out the finest programs to test their every talent. In 2006 redshirt freshman Mark Sanchez played back up to the highly regarded John David Booty from Southern Cal.

Finally in 2008 the powerful football dynasty known as USC had Mr. Mark Sanchez established as the starting QB for what many people consider, bar none, the best collegiate football program in America.

Prior to 2008 Sanchez got very little game experience. In 2008 Mark had a really good year but for some he was known as a one-year wonder. The best play for the best!

Because of Sanchez’s excellent one year as a starter and his Rose Bowl victory he was claimed by the New York Jets who traded up to harvest his talents.

One-year wonders are not always successful; the Western Athletic Conference’s #1 football teams the Boise State Broncos are known for having great quarterbacks, like USC they just seem to crawl out of the woodwork.

In 2007 Boise State University backup quarterback, Taylor Tharp, was thrust into the limelight. Prior to Tharp’s initial start he played second fiddle to the masterful Jared Zabransky (“Z”).

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Tharp a very good quarterback in his own right was to lead a team that just one year prior went to the BCS - 2007 Fiesta Bowl - where “Z” and company defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 43 to 42 in overtime in what is called the greatest college game ever played.

The Boise State Broncos finished the 2007 season ranked by the BCS number five and was the only undefeated team left among all other teams that year.

Tharp had a lot to live up to and he had a good year - won some fantastic games - lost the conference title and the Hawaii Bowl - still to some he was just a one-year wonder.

No matter how great or bloody well average one may truly be when you see action as a starter for just one year your overall ability is subject.

The North Carolina Tarheels wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had a tremendous 2008 season, but until Brandon Tate was injured it was pretty much Hakeem who at NC. Yet when one is that gifted it does not take long to become a household word.

So, when draft day came this past weekend in April the New York Giants drafted Nicks.

They chose him instead of highly regarded Kenny Britt - a wide receiver from Rutgers whom many thought the Giants would take.

The Giants wanted Nicks so bad they passed on Britt - held their ground not buying into the demands of New York fans for somewhat available veterans Boldin and Edwards.

What the Giants get from Nicks is a guy without all the baggage who can truly catch the ball.

So many receivers would love to play for the Giants but do not have the hands – you have to be pretty awesome to begin with as the wind that blows at Giants Stadium will test the very best.

For Hakeem the winds truly did test him - when the Giants had him over for a workout Hakeem caught every single pass that was thrown to him. Nicks is truly a talented receiver.

Nicks may be subject to some but barring a strange mishap Hakeem along with Eli Manning, a very good draft, and a resurrected defense will help the Giants return to the Super Bowl once again.

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