New Orleans Saints ink Akiem Hicks, Nick Toon next rookie to sign?

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May 24, 2012; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Nick Toon (88) makes a reception during organized team activities at the team

Now that the Saints have the first signing out of the way the others from the draft class will likely now sign at a feverish pace.

Wide receiver Nick Toon is the next top draft choice that the team is targeting for a contract.

Toon, the son of former New York Jets Pro Bowl wide receiver Al Toon, was taken in the fourth round  (122nd pick overall) after a productive college career at the University of Wisconsin.

At Wisconsin Nick posted 171 catches for 2,447 yards and 18 touchdowns in 47 games as the Badger’s number one receiving threat.

On top of an NFL pedigree, and great body of work, Toon also posted a 4.43 forty-yard dash at his pro day.

Given his speed and size (6 foot 2, 215 pounds) the Saints took notice and drafted him after losing Robert Meachem to the San Diego Chargers in free agency this year.

Toon has been given a passing grade by coaches so far in mini-camp practices and OTA’s as they have raved about this polished route running ability and sticky hands.

His early accomplishment have drawn comparisons to wide receiver Marques Colston, the Saints top receiver who is similar in stature to Toon himself.

If Nick continues to develop, and assuming he stays healthy, it’s not a stretch to think he could climb up the depth chart and overtake Devery Henderson or Lance Moore for the number two or three spot.

The Saints just need to get him signed and in camp on time.

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Topics: 2012 Nfl Draft, Akiem Hicks, Mickey Loomis, New Orleans Saints, Nick Toon, Steve Spagnuolo, The Saints

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