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Road to the NFL Draft: Sean Hickey

Position: Offensive tackle. School: Syracuse

Combine measurements: 6-foot-5, 309 pounds

Combine stats: Bench: 35 reps.

Career stats: 38 games, 38 starts (34 at left tackle)

Draft projection: Fifth-sixth round

Lowdown: Recruited to Syracuse by former Bills coach Doug Marrone, Hickey was a third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection by the league’s coaches. Took over as the Orange’s left tackle after Justin Pugh left for the NFL. Hickey was the only Syracuse offensive lineman to play in every game in 2014. Doesn’t have the longest arms, so Hickey projects best to guard or center in the NFL. Good height and weight, but only an average athlete. Spent too much time off his feet as a senior. Did not participate in on-field workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a minor hamstring injury. His 35 reps on the bench press is the most ever by a Syracuse player at the combine. Missed all of the 2011 season because of torn ACL in his left knee.

He said it: “Very smooth, very clean, and I tried to model myself, when I was a young age, after his pass sets and the way that he played the game. … That helped me in my career,” Hickey, on Pugh’s influence

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 45 prospects in 45 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 30.

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