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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Ok well these character concerns they speak of, they do very vague. We know what the deal was with LSU. How is that a character concern on his part? I don't get that. Sounds like the things he is weak ...

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Old 04-28-2012, 06:56 PM   #61
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Ok well these character concerns they speak of, they do very vague. We know what the deal was with LSU. How is that a character concern on his part? I don't get that.

Sounds like the things he is weak on is things he can be taught. Guess we will see how he pans out.
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:58 PM   #62
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We'll see Mike. I hope he becomes the greatest lineman we've ever had.

Here are a couple links as to what I was talking about with Hicks. and again, I am pulling for this guy, but I'm going on what I know about him so far:

Akiem Hicks, Regina, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com

DT Akiem Hicks Scouting Report | Buffalo Bills Draft

It seems that some scouts have different views as to where the character concerns come from, but they agree that he seems to get frustrated and not play hard through the whistle if he isn't successful just mauling the guy in front of him. And that's a potential problem considering he was going up against nobody. If he keeps his motor running, he'll be alright.
Its kind of hard to play thru the whistle when you have the guy wrapped up on the ground on top of him already before the whistle blows. Unless you want him to be another Suh.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:03 PM   #63
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These character concerns they speak of?

LSU provided him with transportation, reduced housing costs, while they were recruiting him. How is that character concerns, if LSU paid to get him to the campus and pay his hotel room?
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:15 PM   #64
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These character concerns they speak of?

LSU provided him with transportation, reduced housing costs, while they were recruiting him. How is that character concerns, if LSU paid to get him to the campus and pay his hotel room?
That's what one source says, but others aren't saying anything about what happened at LSU, so that is up in the air as far as what character problems he may have. But it's the lack of hustle that bothers me.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:20 PM   #65
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Its kind of hard to play thru the whistle when you have the guy wrapped up on the ground on top of him already before the whistle blows. Unless you want him to be another Suh.
Clearly you didn't read the scouting report I just posted. Or you completely ignored the part where it says that he struggles at times to shed blocks and tends to give up after that. So instead of giving me a ridiculous remark about him "already having the guy wrapped up on the ground before the whistle blows", how about just reading the facts on this kid and then explain to me why I am wrong?
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You can teach technique, but commitment and hustle is up to the player.
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I get where you are coming from and I totally understand your concern. I am choosing to look at it like this:

Had he gone to LSU and got coached by Chavez, he probably would have been a first rounder. Which means we would have never been able to get him.

How many players get invited to the combine from Canada? That to me speaks well of him. I am quite sure they took into consideration the talent level up there and they still invited him.

I am not expecting much, if anything from him this year. He has a lot of learning to do to be successful on the NFL level. I think his upside far outweighs his downside. JMO
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11 minute highlight video of him
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Hey Metal, stop reading scouting reports and watch video on the kid. He looks pretty damn good and the guy is gonna get stronger. I love the fact that he looked great in the east/west shrine game practice.
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Hey Metal, stop reading scouting reports and watch video on the kid. He looks pretty damn good and the guy is gonna get stronger. I love the fact that he looked great in the east/west shrine game practice.
Believe me, I have watched video, and it backs up what they say. Can dominate, but can get lazy.

I don't know what more I can say. If you don't agree with me, then fine. I don't begrudge anyone for that. But don't assume I don't know what I'm talking about.
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