According to analytics website Pro Football Focus, the average NFL linebacker allows a passer rating of 104.0 when targeted in coverage. Longhorns fans are well aware that Jordan Hicks isn’t average.
The former Texas and current Philadelphia Eagles linebacker was far and away the best coverage linebacker in the NFL last season, according to the data from PFF. This graphic says it all.
— PFF (@PFF) May 10, 2017
Hicks’ QBR allowed is barely more than half the league average, and he’s 23.1 points better than Wesley Woodyard, who boasts the second-best QBR allowed. That’s nuts.
Hicks only allowed one touchdown in 2016, and he had five interceptions to go with three pass breakups. Not to mention his 85 tackles.
In his entire Texas career, which spanned five seasons due to injury, he only had a total of two interceptions.
Check out Hicks’ highlights from the 2016 season:
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