Akiem Hicks, #13 (81/100)
Run Defense, 42/50:
Hicks blossomed into one of the NFL’s best young interior run defenders in 2013. With terrific size and strength, he can consistently hold his place within gaps to shut down running lanes. Despite his size, Hicks also has the ability to move laterally, which he uses to chase down runs along the line of scrimmage and make plays outside of his gap. His 40 tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage were tied for the third most among 3-4 defensive ends this past season.
Pass defense, 39/50:
Hicks doesn’t have a wide array of pass-rushing moves, but he can be a disruptive pass defender thanks to his strength and an explosive first step. He does not often beat blockers around the edge and struggles to disengage when he is in the process of being blocked, but he can win with power as a bull-rusher.