Carl Nicks OT Nebraska
Carl has excellent athletic talent and can play any one of
the offensive line positions if he is motivated to do so.
He moves his feet very well and plays with great balance.
He is a bull in the run game, but the surprising thing is
that he uses a lot of finesse when pass blocking and has
excellent lateral agility. Carl is one big ass dude with
those long arms the scouts fall in love with when they are
looking for offensive tackles to play at the next level.
Carl could be as good as Chris Samuels (LT Washington
Redskins) if he wants to be. It is all up to Carl.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Right now, Carl is overweight and inconsistent. He could
play LT at the next level and make a whole lot of money if
he wants to, but for now, you have to project him as a RT
because of his inconsistency. If Carl loses some weight and
develops some mental and physical stamina, he could be a
TALENT BOARD ROUND 1
This kid is really athletic and has excellent talent, but he
just doesn’t work hard enough. I’m just not convinced he has
the true passion it takes to play consistently at the NFL
level. Oh, he wants the money, but I’m not sure he cares about
the game itself or how well he plays it. If Carl gets a hard
coach like a Parcells or Belichick, he could turn into a damn
good offensive lineman. The truth is I’m not sure Carl really
wants to be a LT at the next level. I think that he just wants
to be “one of the guys” and does not want the responsibility of
blocking the blind side of a QB. Some guys are like that. They
would rather play a position where they can get help if they’re
having trouble handling their opponent. Carl strikes me as the
type of person who has that type of personality. Carl will most
likely be picked in a later round than his talent suggests
because, as I always say, it takes more than talent to play in
the NFL. I think he will settle into the RT position for some
team and become a solid player for the next few years. However,
believe me when I tell you -- if Carl gets motivated and loses
some weight, some team just might get lucky and discover a Pro
Bowl LT lurking on the right side of its line just waiting to be
asked to move over to the left side.