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Dwone Hicks

RB | (0-0, 222) | Middle Tennessee
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played in every game and started two as a true freshman in 1999. Rushed 39 times for 182 yards and three touchdowns and caught five passes for 18 yards. Started nine of 11 games in 2000, carrying 186-1,277-19 and catching 19-182 and two touchdowns. Rushed for 311 yards and six touchdowns vs. Louisiana Tech. Finished third in the nation in scoring and 15th in rushing. Was slowed by hamstring injuries in '01 but still carried 191-1,143-20, caught 18-230-4 and was named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Had a knee injury in 2002 but played 10 games and ran 184-1,011-11 (5.5 per carry) and caught 15-250-0. Hicks drew the ire of some NFL clubs for not going through a full workout at the Scouting Combine because of a sore knee, but showed good upper-body strength with (29) reps of 225 in his bench-press session.

Positives: Hicks is a powerful, determined runner who plays with a sense of urgency and punishes the defense. Has good character and work ethic. He runs very hard with good leverage and lean and finishes all of his runs. When he falls, he falls forward. Hicks is a north-south chain mover and TD scorer out of the Woody Hayes school of backs. Has extremely powerful legs and keeps them churning.

Negatives: Not a make-you-miss, east-west runner with a second gear and lacks speed to get to the edge. Hicks lacks natural hands and is more of a body catcher. His blocking needs work. Effort can be marginal on plays he's not directly involved in. Doesn't pick-and-slide and needs to show more patience at times. Injury status (left knee) warrants monitoring.

Summary: Hicks figures to be a second-day draft pick who could help on special teams while learning the ropes.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.