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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