The 6-foot, 200-pound running back was an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina A&T. In just two seasons Hicks became the school's all-time leading rusher with 2,812 yards.
Hicks only caught six balls his senior season, so he'll need to prove he can catch the ball if he's going to be an option as a third down back.
The Bears are going to address running back in the draft. Most likely a pick will be used on the position in the third or fourth round. The team wants to add speed in the backfield and a player that can also return kicks would be a great fit.
The Bears were one of three franchises prevalent at the recent workout by Oregon RB Onterio Smith. Weighing over 216-pounds, Smith ran a pair of forties in the 4.45 range and looked terrific on all the drills. He caught the ball well and displayed the top running skills. Smith's weight has fluctuated between 220 and 216-pounds the past month and scouts were surprised to see he was able to keep his quickness and speed with the added bulk.