Akiem Hicks Ranked The Top 3-4 End In The NFL.

Published January 23, 2018 at 3:56 PM

As sad as the Chicago Bears 2017 season was, there was still some bright spots to enjoy. Much of those bright spots were on the team's continually improving defense. One of the players at the top of that list? Bears veteran Akiem Hicks. The defensive end was ranked the best 3-4 defensive end in the NFL for the 2017 season by Bleach Report. Hicks had a great season leading the Bears in sacks, tackles-for-loss and quarterback hits. He also registered 54 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Bleacher Report used five different categories to rank the players including snap quickness, pass rush, run defense, tackling and position value. Hicks earned 81 out of a possible 100 points. "He proved his worth in Vic Fangio's defense immediately. Built like a fireplug with a solid lower body, Hicks comes off the ball with incredible power and the technique required to propel himself past enemy blockers with authority. Hicks can also get elusive and turn on a quick spin move to get to the quarterback. With his bull-like power and surprising speed, he brings to mind Justin Smith, Fangio's star defensive tackle/end for the 49ers in the early 2010s." mentioned scout Doug Farrar.
Hicks beat out the Steelers Cameron Heyward, the Chiefs Chris Jones, the Broncos Shelby Harris and the Packers Mike Daniels for the top spot. To read the full feature click here.

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