Jordan Hicks Lands on NFL.com All-Under-25 Team
Chip Kelly made a lot of moves and picks in the draft that people might have disagreed with and drafting Jordan Hicks in the third round was one of those moves - but it worked out.
Though he missed the team’s final eight regular season games with a torn ACL, he finished with 50 total tackles, one sack, two interceptions, and recovering three fumbles. Hicks was a standout filling in for the Eagles' constantly injured inside linebackers, as the Eagles hope the rookie becomes the type of player offenses have to game plan for.
At just 23 years old, if he can stay healthy Hicks should excel playing in Jim Schwartz attacking defensive system, and that’s why NFL.com writer Elliot Harrison put the former Texas Longhorn on his All-Under-25 Team.
Inside linebacker: Jordan Hicks, Philadelphia Eagles
We're accounting for both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses here -- thus, there is room for Hicks, who was in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year until getting hurt midseason. Despite playing only half the season, Hicks produced two interceptions and three fumble recoveries, and he even managed to score a touchdown.
Hicks should move from 3-4 inside linebacker to the MIKE backer in the Eagles new 4-3 scheme. At 6-foot-1 and 236 pounds Hicks had excellent size, and should excel in the middle of the Eagles defense, playing behind Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan.