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Hardy Nickerson Jr. | 56

IB | Illinois | Houston Texans
Ht: 5116 / 6' 00" | Wt: 236 | Upd: 06/05/2021


Birth Date: 01/05/1994
Age: 27
Original Team: CIN FA
NFL Entry: 17 CFA
NFL Exp: 3
Depth Chart Key: U/Min
Team History: CIN MIN HOU

Player History

05/17 CIN FA
09/17 CIN waived 4
09/17 CIN P/SQ 4-6
10/17 CIN activated 7
11/17 CIN waived 11
11/17 CIN P/SQ 11
11/17 CIN activated 11
09/19 CIN waived
09/19 CIN P/SQ 1-11
11/19 CIN activated 11
04/20 CIN RFA
08/20 MIN FA
09/20 MIN waived
09/20 MIN P/SQ 1
09/20 MIN activated 1
09/20 MIN P/SQ 2
09/20 MIN activated 3
12/20 MIN waived
12/20 MIN P/SQ 13-14
12/20 MIN activated 14
03/21 MIN UFA
03/21 HOU UFA signed

Ourlads' Profile:

2017 Guide: What Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services said about HARDY NICKERSON JR.: Illinois, 5116 236 4.80. Four-year starter from Oakland, CA. Started three years at the University of California and one year as a graduate transfer at Illinois. He was the team captain as a junior at Cal and team captain in 2016 for the Illini. Finished his career with 353 tackles. Son of former NFL great Hardy Nickerson who was his defensive coordinator at Illinois. He is somewhat undersized for the position, but takes on bigger players with explosiveness and good technique. Good initial read and react. Physical downhill player who attacks blocks playing with good knee bend and hip roll on contact. Shoots his hands getting separation while maintaining leverage on the block. Quick to shed and work to the ball. Will get knocked out of his gap at times by an inline blocker. Will struggle with a physical blocker straight on. Quick to recover and takes good angles in pursuit. He is instinctive with a good nose for the ball. Chases from sideline to sideline with a closing burst. He is a solid fundamental tackler who finishes the play. Can be a little slow getting into his drop, but works to get depth and find work in a zone. Has good awareness in zone coverage and has a good break on the throw. Solid fundamental zone player, good route recognition and awareness, closes the voids in a zone. Not great in man coverage. He is a technically sound linebacker who lacks great athletic ability and size for the position. He is an energetic high motor player who is productive beyond his ability. Has a lot of good qualities and can make a team as a backup and special teams player. Shrine Game notes: He inherited his father’s football instincts and savvy. Always around the ball. Explosive downhill. He jacked up a 300-lb offensive tackle who was in his way to make a play. Finishes plays. Active in coverage and special teams’ coverage. 2016 stats: 107 T, 5.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 QBH, 2 INT. Edge speed:left 1.79, right 2.08. OSR:44/51. Seventh round/PFA. (A-31 1/2, H-9 7/8, BP-18, SS-4.39).