Saints First Draft: Carl Nicks

Carl Nicks is the New Orleans Saints' newest player. Find out everything you need to know about Nicks in this exclusive "First Draft" feature. Find out fun facts about Nicks and then link to articles, video and audio that will help you get to know the newest Saints' on-field ability and personality. No one has more on Nicks than

What don't you know about Carl Nicks? Check this out:

1. He doesn't have much starting experience. He spent just one year as a starter with the Huskers.

2. Why? Nicks enrolled at New Mexico State in 2003, appearing in five games as a reserve defensive tackle. But academics forced him to transfer to Hartnell JC in 2004. He joined the Huskers later, but only cracked the starting lineup last year.

3. There's a reason Nebraska signed him, though. Nicks earned 2005 California Community College Football Coaches Association first-team All-American honors and Region II first-team All-California accolades as an offensive lineman at Hartnell.

4. He's a California boy. He attended North Salinas (Cal.) High School and was a standout defensive tackle, earning All-County honors from the Monterey Herald and was a first-team All-Area choice. He added All-Tri County Athletic League first-team accolades and was named the league's Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2002.

5. He has a coach you know. His college coach at Nebraska was current Jets offensive coach Bill Callahan.

Want to know more about Nicks? Take advantage of's extensive body of work covering Nicks at Nebraska and during the scouting period. Here are links that will help you get to know Nicks better before he hits the field for the Saints:


Instant Analysis of Nicks by's Tom Marino, a 35-year veteran of NFL scouting. Click here.

Nicks' scouting combine Q&A session with the media. Click here.


Nicks talks about getting ready to go to Nebraska. Click here.

Senior Bowl report on Nicks' contact with the San Diego Chargers. Click here.


Nicks talks to Click here.

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