Hardy Nickerson – 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Hardy Nickerson



Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
ILB Illinois 10 SR

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'0 228 4.78 6'0 232 32 10

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.78 33 9'8 18 7.4* 4.38


Nickerson was highly productive between Cal, and Illinois, where he posted 351 career tackles, 14.5 for loss, and 4.0 sacks. He has great size, is a hard hitter, a good run stuffing linebacker, and is good in coverage. He is also a hard hitter, gets good pressure on the quarterback, despite the lack of sacks, and has good speed. On the other side, he is not known as a sack specialist, and while he has good speed, it is not elite linebacker speed, but that does not hurt his game. With that said, Nickerson should be a day 3 pick.


A tackling machine

He is a hard hitter

Has great size

A run stuffing ILB

Has a non stop motor

Is in on every play

Does not give up on many plays

Good in coverage

Always wraps up on tackle attempts

He is a hard hitter

Gets good pressure on the QB

A sure fire tackler

Has good speed

Has football in his blood as he is the son of current Illinois DC Hardy Nickerson Sr

Did a great job of getting the QB and backs down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss


Not known as a sack specialist

While he has good speed he does not have elite speed but that does not hurt his game

Career Stats:

Games Played: 46

Tackles: 351

Tackles For Loss: 14.5

Sacks: 4.0