DURHAM, N.H.--University of New Hampshire football fans may want to keep an eye on this week's NFL Draft and free agent announcements (April 22-24) as several Wildcats are hoping they will get phone calls from NFL teams.
Leading the way for UNH, according to draft experts, is senior All-America tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.). The 6-4, 255-pounder was UNH's top receiver in 2010, making 57 catches for 725 yards and 9 touchdown catches. A team captain, he averaged 55.8 receiving yards per game and 12.7 yards per catch last season. Sicko has been projected as one of the top 20 tight ends in the nation and was recently named one of the top 14 “Super Sleepers” overall by Sports Illustrated. He especially impressed scouts when he ran a 4.55 in the 40 during Pro Day.
Also having a possible opportunity to be drafted late, or picked up as a free agent, is senior linebacker Sean Ware (Bristol, Conn.). Ware weighed in at 237 pounds at his Pro Day and ran a 4.46 40-yard dash time earning himself some attention from several NFL teams. The team captain was UNH's second-leading tackler last season (47-50-97) and recorded two sacks, a forced fumble and 6.5 tackles for a loss.
Other UNH players hoping to hear from NFL teams include senior running back Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) who led the Wildcats with 168 carries for 780 yards and 10 rushing TDs. He ran a 4.3 40 at Pro Day. Also looking for an opportunity is senior defensive back Ryan Hinds (Toronto, Ont.), who could play in the CFL next year as a draftee.
UNH has had 11 players drafted and the most recent was Corey Graham, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 draft by the Chicago Bears.