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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Darius Hicks, WR, Lincoln University (MO)

Darius Hicks from Lincoln University can cause secondaries problems

Darius Hicks from Lincoln University can cause secondaries problems

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Darius Hicks

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 208 Lbs

What is your position?

WR

Where do you play college football?

Lincoln University(MO)

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

I worked youth football camps, I love coaching what I know so I actually have fun teaching HS kids and younger kids what I was taught and what helped me better my game.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Anatomy! It’s terrible

Where are you from?

Oak Cliff, Texas

Who is your role model, and why?

My Mom. Shes been through a lot and I been watching struggle my whole life. I’m just ready to take care of her. Release all her problems and struggles.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I’ve only played football my whole life but my SR year in HS I started playing soccer. Loved the game ever since.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I played a little CB here in college but in youth football I always played on the OL and DL also played some TE.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I began studying and learning how to play DB because I want to know the techniques they use to guard a WR. By doing that I know exactly what will beat a DB in certain techniques so feel that gives me a slight advantage. I also cannot get enough football. After practice I have to stay and run routes and catch passes. It’s mandatory for me.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I’m looking at the coverage, the DBs techniques, how he moves his feet and looking for his weakness when he is pressing. I’m also watching the LBs to see how often they blitz and when they drop back to cover.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

My best friend Deandre Elliott (Seattle Seahawks CB). Had a real tough time with him everyday in practice while in HS. Next is another former teammate of mine Robert Daniels. I honestly haven’t faced any tougher DB’s than them in an actual game.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

AJ Green. He has speed and can make people miss while being a tall, lanky receiver. He also makes some of the weirdest catches. Hes always been my favorite.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

I didn’t have any offers out of high school due to our WingT heavy run offense and it forced me to make the decision to walk on at a school. While I wasn’t play football for that 2 year span I was miserable and depressed but I never really told people how I felt. I kept pushing until I made the team at Navarro and now I’m here.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I don’t have a unique ritual. I just make sure i have some music in my ears and go run around the field and catch passes from my QB. Mostly with one hand.

What is your biggest strength?

The Jumpball. I’ve always been known for catching jumpballs. People will say “Just throw the ball up to hicks” I take pride in that.

What is your biggest weakness?

Catching the ball when I know I’m about to come into contact. I tend to attempt a body catch rather than my hands to make sure I secure the ball and sometimes it results in a drop.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I’m hardworking, hungry and have a true love and passion for the game. I Will stay after practice every day making sure i get routes in and catch passes. I’m willing and more than capable of playing whatever position I’m needed at. Doesn’t matter if its special teams, DB or WR I will do everything in my power to go in and make a play for the team.

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

My Favorite player has always been Desean Jackson. We have almost nothing in common at the position I just love his game. I’m from Dallas. Of course my favorite squad is Americas Team. Cowboys

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

I have to get my mother a fancy car and a nice home

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