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2015 NFL Draft Profile: Sean Hickey, Syracuse offensive lineman

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The Eagles have a major need at guard.

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With Todd Herremans no longer on the roster, the Eagles are in the market for a new starting guard. While Allen Barbre, Matt Tobin and Andrew Gardner have all shown flashes in the past, the Eagles could use some serious upgrades in competition at the position. Syracuse lineman Sean Hickey could be an interesting option for the Eagles, as he can play every position on the line outside of center.

College Career

A Murrysville, Pa. native, Hickey committed to Syracuse in 2010. Hickey didn't play as a true freshman and missed his sophomore year with an injury. As a junior, Hickey start four games at left tackle and nine games at right tackle. After Justin Pugh went to the NFL, Hickey took over at left tackle and started all 13 games.

In his final year at Syracuse, Hickey started all 12 games. He was invited to and played in the East-West Shrine Game.

Combine Results

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 309 lbs.

Arm Length: 32 3/4"

Hands: 10 1/2"

Bench: 35 reps. (Third among OLs in 2015)

Did not participate in other drills due to a pulled hamstring, according to Syracuse.com.

Strengths

Hickey is a finesse blocker who has experience blocking for mobile and pocket passers. He has the ability to get to the second level with quickness and finishes his blocks. He keeps active even when there isn't a lineman in his way. He has long arms and is a solid pass blocker. An athletic lineman, he has good short-area quickness. He has above average strength.

Weaknesses

He is not the most physical or nasty lineman. He is a tad passive as a blocker and isn't a mauler. Though he is fast to the second level, he can sometimes lose track of his assignment. He needs to improve his leverage in pass blocking.

Eagles Outlook

Hickey fits the mold of a Chip Kelly blocker with a similar game to that of a young Todd Herremans. He is not going to blow you away with any aspect of his game but he has versatility and can lineup at several spots. He could serve as the starting left or right guard or play swing tackle for the team. He is likely an early Day 3 pick.

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