Voters: Dr. Bill Chachkes, Kel Dansby, John Fennelly, Chris Johnson, Dan Orlando (Sports World Report), Rich Resch, Craig Santucci, Dan Stack, Jon Wagner
Hakeem NicksVotes received: Fennelly (3rd place), Resch (3rd), Wagner (3rd), Santucci (4th), Johnson (5th), Stack (6th), Orlando (7th), Dansby (10th)
Santucci: #1 receiver. You can’t replace a #1 receiver and his complete game (routes/blocking/catches) lets Cruz do his thing.
Stack: Obviously, his return to health is VITAL to the success of the 2012 season.
Johnson: Big body, great deep threat. Catches "uncatchable" passes. Eli's deepball security blanket.
Wagner: Many things – especially the play of Nicks – collectively helped the Giants get to Green Bay in January, but would the G-Men have beaten the Packers and ultimately won another Super Bowl without Nicks? Doubtful. Good thing his latest injury happened in May, with plenty of time to heal.
Fennelly: He brings unpredictable playmaking ability to the offense.
Orlando: Despite entering only his fourth NFL season, Nicks is the senior WR among the slated top three at the position. Though he has a broken foot, he isn't expected to miss significant regular season time.
Nicks forces defenses to choose between doubling either Cruz or himself because of his speed and large strike zone. It's often a "lose-lose" for opponents. His presence greatly improves the entire WR corps.
Resch: When the Giants lost Plaxico Burress, many thought they needed another 6'5 receiver to be Eli's new security blanket. What they really needed was someone who could become a menace to opposing secondaries, dominating games regardless of his size. When he's not nursing one injury or another, Nicks is that guy. If he could ever stay healthy for a full season, I believe he'd be one of the top five wide receivers in the league.
He doesn't possess elite size or speed, but he is a true #1 receiver. "Dripping with talent" is my favorite way to describe him, and anyone who saw him take over the 2011 NFL playoffs can understand why. Simply put, there is no way the Giants would have won the Super Bowl without him, and they would be hard-pressed to beat too many top-tier teams without him.
Dr. Bill Chachkes' thought process behind the controversial decision to leave Nicks off of his personal list:
Chachkes: Even though he is a very Good, possibly bordering on "great" receiver, he has not played on the team long enough yet to warrant being a "top ten" player. If we were going 15 deep he might have been 11 or 12. My secondary reason is that the defensive front, and QB are much more important to this team then Nicks is. The only receiver I felt should be in the top ten is Victor Cruz, because as a slot receiver, his role is more important than the outside guys.