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Jordan Hicks (born June 27, 1992) is an American football middle linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas.

Jordan Hicks
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Hicks with the Philadelphia Eagles
No. 58 – Arizona Cardinals
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1992-06-27) June 27, 1992 (age 27)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Lakota West
(West Chester, Ohio)
College:Texas
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:254
Sacks:5.0
Interceptions:7
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:6
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Contents

High school careerEdit

Hicks attended Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio, where he started his final three seasons for their football team, posting 216 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 36 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, four interceptions, 10 pass breakups, and a touchdown. He was an All-American selection by Parade, USA Today, and EA Sports. Hicks won the High School Dick Butkus Award in 2009.[1]

College careerEdit

Hicks played college football at Texas from 2010 to 2014 under head coach Mack Brown

Hicks started the first three games of his junior season at weakside linebacker, but then missed the remainder of the season due to a hip injury. He earned a medical redshirt to preserve a year of eligibility. The following season, he started the first four games at weakside linebacker before again suffering a season-ending injury, this time a ruptured left Achilles tendon.[2] He returned from the injury to start all 13 games in the 2014 season.

Professional careerEdit

On December 1, 2014, it was announced that Hicks had accepted his invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl.[3] On January 24, 2015, Hicks played in the Reese's Senior Bowl and recorded five combined tackles to help Tennessee Titans' head coach Ken Whisenhunt's North team defeat the South 34–13. He was one of 34 collegiate linebackers to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hicks completed all of the combine drills and ran the 11th fastest 40-yard dash among all linebackers. He also finished with the third best vertical jump and broad jump among his position group.[4] On March 24, 2015, Hicks attended Texas' pro day, along with Malcom Brown, Quandre Diggs, Jaxon Shipley, Geoff Swaim, Cedric Reed, Mykkele Thompson, and ten other prospects. He opted to stand on his combine numbers and only perform positional drills for NFL team representatives and scouts from all 32 NFL teams attended, including New England Patriots' defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.[5] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Hicks was projected to be a fourth or fifth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the fourth best outside linebacker in the draft by NFL analyst Charles Davis and the ninth best outside linebacker prospect by NFLDraftScout.com.[6][7]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
236 lb
(107 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.68 s 1.58 s 2.67 s 4.15 s 6.78 s 38 in
(0.97 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[8]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Hicks in the third round (84th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the ninth linebacker selected in 2015.

2015Edit

On May 14, 2015, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Hicks to a four-year, $2.99 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $652,732.[9][10][11][12]

Throughout his first training camp, he competed against Mychal Kendricks, Kiko Alonso, Demeco Ryans, and Najee Goode for a starting inside linebacker job in defensive coordinator Billy Davis' base 3-4 defense. Head coach Chip Kelly named him the backup inside linebacker behind starters Kendricks and Ryans to starts the regular season.[13]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Philadelphia Eagles' season-opening 26-24 loss at the Atlanta Falcons. The following week, Hicks made seven solo tackles, his first career sack, and forced a fumble during a 20–10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He made his first career tackle on Jason Witten after he caught a five-yard pass by quarterback Tony Romo in the second quarter, He also had the first sack and forced fumble of his career after he sacked Romo for an eight-yard loss in the third quarter and Fletcher Cox made the fumble recovery. While making the sack, Hicks accidentally broke Romo's collarbone.[14] He earned more snaps on defense after linebackers Mychal Kendricks suffered a hamstring injury and Kiko Alonso injured his knee in first half of the game.[15][16][17] On September 27, 2015, Hicks earned his first career start due to injuries to Kendricks and Alonso.[18] He recorded a season-high ten combined tackles, deflected a pass, recovered a fumble, and made his first career interception off a pass attempt by Ryan Fitzpatrick during the Eagles' 24–17 victory at the New York Jets.[19][20]

In Week 6, Hicks made his third career start in place of Mychal Kendricks and collected a season-high ten solo tackles in a 27–7 victory over the New York Giants. On November 8, 2015, he made seven combined tackles, deflected a pass, an interception, and scored his first career touchdown during a 33–27 overtime victory at the Dallas Cowboys. He scored his first career touchdown after intercepting quarterback Matt Cassel and returning it 67-yards in the fourth quarter.[21] Unfortunately, he left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering an apparent pectoral injury. On November 9, 2015, the Philadelphia Eagles placed Hicks on injured reserve after it was discovered he suffered a torn pectoral.[22] At the time of the injury, Hicks led the team in tackles.[23] Hicks finished his rookie season with 50 combined tackles (43 solo), three pass deflections, two interceptions, a sack, and a touchdown in eight games and five starts.[24] The Philadelphia Eagles finished the season 7-9 and head coach Chip Kelly was fired after Week 16.

2016Edit

Hicks entered training camp slated as the starting middle linebacker, but saw competition from veteran Stephen Tulloch. The Philadelphia Eagles opted to change to a base 4-3 defense and had Hicks take over middle linebacker after DeMeco Ryans retired.[25][26] Head coach Doug Pederson named Hicks the starting middle linebacker to begin the regular season.[27]

Hicks started the Philadelphia Eagles' season-opener against the Cleveland Browns and recorded four solo tackles and deflected a pass in their 29–10 victory. On October 23, 2016, he collected a season-high 11 combined tackles, defended two passes, and sacked Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Sam Bradford in the Eagles' 21–10 victory.[28] The following week, Hicks made six combined tackles, deflected a pass, and made his first interception of the season on a pass attempt by Cowboys' quarterback Dak Prescott during a 29–23 loss. In Week 9, he collected seven combined tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted Giants' quarterback Eli Manning to set up a potential game-winning touchdown in their 28–23 loss. On January 1, 2017, Hicks made five solo tackles, deflected two passes, and had his first multi-interception game after picking off Mark Sanchez two times during a 27–13 win over the Cowboys.[29] He finished the season with 85 combined tackles (58 solo), 11 pass deflections, five interceptions, and one sack in 16 games and 16 starts.

2017Edit

 
Hicks (left) playing against the Washington Redskins in 2017.

Hicks entered his second season under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz as the returning starting middle linebacker after his stellar season in 2016.

He started the Philadelphia Eagles' season-opener against the Washington Redskins and recorded seven combined tackles and recovered a fumble from quarterback Kirk Cousins during a 30–17 victory.[30] On October 1, 2017, he collected a season-high seven combined tackles during the Eagles' 26–24 win at the Los Angeles Chargers. During a Week 7 matchup against the Redskins, Hicks suffered a season-ending achilles injury and was placed on injured reserve on October 31, 2017.[31] Without Hicks, the Eagles won 13 games and reached Super Bowl LII where they defeated the New England Patriots 41-33.[32]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On March 15, 2019, Hicks signed with the Arizona Cardinals on a four-year $36 million contract, with $20 million guaranteed and a $12 million signing bonus.[33][34]

ReferencesEdit

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