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New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks #90 on NFL’s Top 100 List for 2012

May 3rd, 2012 at 6:57 AM
By Dan Benton

While the country anxiously awaits the placement of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the NFL's Top 100 List for 2012, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks snuck on without much to-do. In the second segment, which aired on Wednesday night and focused on players 81-90, Nicks was ranked #90. It's a position many feel is far too low for him, but the recognition itself is nothing to shake a stick at.

"His catch radius, I think, it's probably up there; top two of three. [He's] able to catch every ball in his area," Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson said. "He put himself right up there in the top five receivers in this league."

As Wilson noted, Nicks is rapidly establishing himself as one of the best wide receivers in the game. His talent is often overlooked due to the well-deserved superstardom of Victor Cruz, but any true Giants fan would tell you he's still the best wideout on his team.

Over the last two seasons, Nicks has put up numbers compatible to those of Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Most importantly, he shows absolutely no signs of slowing down and has yet to reach his ceiling.

Quiet and courteous, #88 is far from the norm at wide receiver in the NFL and may fail to get the National recognition he deserves because of it. He's no diva, but he'll run with the best the league has to offer.

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38 Responses to “New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks #90 on NFL’s Top 100 List for 2012”

  1.  Krow says:

    The fewer we have on this list the more I like it.

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    Speaking of lists, JPP ended up the 17th best player of 2011 per PFF:

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/05/03/pff-top-101-of-2011-20-to-11/

    17. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants

    It may seem controversial to say, but JPP was somewhat overrated for his regular season exploits. High on sacks, but low on total pressures, he could only finish 31st overall in our Pass Rushing Productivity rankings. With the addition of some great work in run defense (a part of his game that is often overlooked) and a tremendous postseason, JPP earned a spot in our Top 20. If not for Eli Manning, Pierre-Paul would have likely been the Super Bowl MVP. He always seemed to be the guy that would make the play when the Giants needed it.

    Best Performance: Week 13 versus Green Bay (+11.6)

    Key Stat: Including the postseason, Pierre-Paul tallied 1,208 snaps (including those negated by pre-snap penalties). That’s 168 more than any other defensive end, yet he managed a +5.1 grade in the Super Bowl.

    •  The Original G Man says:

      PFF has some interesting stuff at times and I applaud them for their efforts, but at the end of the day (Where ‘Trel at?) … it’s still a bunch of dudes watching games on their DVR and pretending it’s game film.

  3.  The Original G Man says:

    Nicks at 90 is interesting. Obviously Cruz is going to be the list and so it just points out how little Nicks is appreciated by the league at large. I have no doubt that Nicks is clearly a better player than Cruz. None whatsoever.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Even though it’s voted on by NFL Players, most of them are forced to watch ESPN for their updates. Accordingly, it becomes a popularity contest. As good as Cruz was, it resulted in world-wide fame. As such, he’s been voted higher than Nicks despite his success coming largely from Nicks commanding a double-team.

  4.  The Original G Man says:

    Couldn’t agree more, Mr. B.

  5.  F0XLIN says:

    Goes with the team philosophy, all about the team, not about one player. No one is out there trying to make a name for themselves, just show up on Sunday, do there job and win.

  6.  The Original G Man says:

    Liked the Junior Seau photo/caption on FB. Nice work.

  7.  rlhjr says:

    From Kujo: “Been thinking of moving to the Va Beach area in the next year or so. Looking for jobs up there. Got any leads?”

    Not sure what your area of expertise is (Other than breaking my balls over player talent) but let me know what you’re looking for and I would be glad to pipe you some info. I work for the government in the IT field. rhodges11@cox.net

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Report: Terrell Suggs tears Achilles tendon

    From former Redskins G.M. Vinny Cerrato, now of 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, comes the latest stunner in one of the most stunning offseasons in NFL history.

    Per Cerrato, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has torn an Achilles tendon.

    A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Ravens have not yet received a conclusive diagnosis. Still, for now, it doesn’t look good.

    And it won’t look good for the Ravens if they have to proceed without the 2011 defensive player of the year.

    It’s also a stark reminder that, no matter how good a team looks on paper, it can all fall apart, quickly.

    Making matters worse for the Ravens is the timing. If this had happened a week ago, they could have adjusted their draft plans accordingly.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/03/report-terrell-suggs-tears-achilles-tendon/

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I posted this because if I’m Bmore I would think about giving us what JR wants for Osi. Bmore is in a win now mode. They are now desperate since this happened after the draft. I don’t want to trade Osi but I can see a team like Bmore making sense because they are in the AFC. Though we play them this year.

      •  Krow says:

        This makes perfect sense.

        •  rlhjr says:

          Except for one thing, T. Suggs plays the run. But with Lewis barking at him, I think Osi would at least put of a fight. Not like here where he can get away with the vanishing act. But who/what would Reese want for Osi? And what will the Ravens part with?

          •  GOAT56 says:

            The Ravens play a 3-4 with 3 big bodies next to him. defending the run should be easier than in our 4-3.

            Drafts picks. I doubt players. Maybe a 2nd round type draft pick and a minor player.

  9.  rlhjr says:

    Nicks made a play on a high thrown ball in what I think was the final drive of the Super Bowl. This catch was made with his feet no less than 38 maybe 40 inches off the ground. Still not sure about when this catch was made. But I will never forget the catch.

    No other receiver on the Giant roster could have come close to making that catch.
    The Patriots had and still do not have any defensive back or linebacker who could have come close to defending that catch.

    There are few if any DB’s who can take on Hakeem Nicks without help and a hand full of #88 jersey. The youngster in Green Bay (Travon Williams?) who I think is an excellent cover corner simply can not physically deal with Nicks.
    Such is the case around the league. I’ll leave it at that.

  10.  maratechfan says:

    Under Rated!
    Heave Ho!

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