Saints Pick DE Akiem Hicks with 89th Overall Selection

By Jake Saltzman

The prospect from further North than any other is headed to the NFL franchise further South than any other.

With the 89th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected Akiem Hicks, a defensive end from Regina, Saskatchewan.

A onetime LSU recruit, Hicks becomes just the latest defensive player to join the Saints, joining Curtis Lofton, Brodrick Bunkley, Chris Chamberlain and others.

Hicks possesses good ball skills, shows a good burst into the offensive backfield, and uses his arms well to track the football. His technique has come under fire however, so don’t expect him to start unless injuries force him into action for that reason.

For a team like the Saints however, who didn’t own a pick in the first two rounds, time does not appear to be of the essence.

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2 Responses to “Saints Pick DE Akiem Hicks with 89th Overall Selection”

  1. neko says:

    Many moons ago, the Saints drafted a running back by the name of Rueben Mayes. North Battleford, Sask. is northwest of Regina (the capital)….

    Rueben Mayes (born June 6, 1963) is a Canadian who played in the National Football League from 1986 to 1993.

    He first gained notoriety as a running back at North Battleford Comprehensive High School in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. In 1980 Mayes led the NBCHS Vikings to an undefeated season and the SHSAA 3A Provincial Football championship. In 1981 he set a provincial record in the 100 metre race at the SHSAA provincial track and field championship that still stands. Mayes played for the Washington State University Cougars, where he became All-American and finished tenth in the Heisman Trophy race. Mayes set single-season and career-rushing records (1,632; 3,519 yards) with the Cougars, and established an NCAA record for most rushing yards in one game (357 vs. Oregon in 1984). That record remains the Pacific-10 Conference record.

    He was drafted in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He proceeded to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award that year. Although his NFL career was hampered by injuries, he was named to the Pro Bowl twice. Mayes played five seasons with the Saints before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks for the final two years of his career. Mayes, without benefits afforded promising young players in the U.S., excelled in a skill position among the best-trained football players in the world.

    In his NFL career, he carried the ball 866 times for 3,484 yards. He scored 23 touchdowns. In 1995, a panel of experts commissioned by The Spokesman-Review named Mayes to the all-time WSU team. The honor was repeated in 1998 by when it picked its list of the school’s all-time greatest players.

    May 1, 2008 was elected to the US College Football Hall of Fame.

    He is one of the only three Saskatchewan natives to make it to the NFL, the other two being Arnie Weinmeister and Jon Ryan.

    • Jake Saltzman says:

      Somebody else brought that to my attention Saturday, and I think its a interesting point. Simply because the Saints had fewer picks than any other team, and didn’t really make any “sexy” picks like some other teams, I still think they got at least one (Hicks) solid football player. And just because they went to an unconventional market to get Hicks, doesnt mean he won’t pan out. The point of the draft is to improve your football team. Regardless of how they did that, the above provides ample evidence that New Orleans did just that.