Saturday, March 7, 2009

Scout's Take: Cincinnati CB Mike Mickens

The former Bearcat falls short of the prototype in terms of his measurables – he lacks ideal speed for corner and at 184 pounds he doesn’t make up for it with size and bulk. Mickens does make up for his lack of speed with his quickness in short areas and his instincts, anticipating well. One aspect of his game that cannot be questioned is his production, as Mickens was an All-Big East performer all four years at Cincinnati (Second Team as freshman/sophomore and First Team as a junior/senior). He also possesses elite ball skills. Mickens gets a good read on passes, has the aggressiveness to go for the big play and the reliable hands to finish the play with an interception (14 career INTs). Durability wasn’t a big question until recently when an injury to his left knee caused Mickens to miss the final three regular season games of the 2008 season. Attempts to return for the Orange Bowl and the Senior Bowl were both truncated—he was in-and-out of the game (and ineffective) against Virginia Tech, a game he should have likely sat out. He also had leave the Senior Bowl early after looking less than healthy the first couple of days in Mobile. Mickens was still not at 100 percent at the NFL Scouting Combine, making his upcoming Pro Day (March 19) pivotal. Since his injury, Micken’s stock has been on a slide, however if his knee checks out this senior corner could be among the top bargains in the 2009 Draft. He will start in the league.

Photo Credit: College Press Box (Cincinnati)