Overview
Michael Craig Mickens is a former cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was previously with the Dallas Cowboys, who selected him with the 227th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Mickens played four seasons at the University of Cincinnati, where he was an FWAA All-America selection as a junior. Mickens is 6-feet tall and weighs 190 pounds.
Prep Career
At Wayne High School in Huber Heights, OH, Mickens recorded 205 tackles, 10 interceptions and four blocked field goals during his career. He nearly signed with Bowling Green University, but was swayed late in the recruiting process by then-Cincinnati coach Mark Dantonio, and signed with the Bearcats.
College Career
Mickens earned a starting job during preseason practice as a freshman, and started the first 46 games of his career before missing the final three games of his senior season with torn cartilage in his left knee. He is Cincinnati's all-time leader with 14 career interceptions and 296 interception return yards. Mickens was among the most honored Bearcats during his career. He was a three-time all-Big East selection, earning second team honors in 2006 and first team honors in '07 and '08. During his senior season, he was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, given annually to the best defensive back in the nation. After the 2008 season, Mickens was chosen to participate in the Senior Bowl. However, he had to pull out of the game due to knee inflammation stemming from the torn cartilage he suffered late in the season.
NFL Career
Mike Mickens was selected in the seventh round (227th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Mickens was cut by the team prior to the 2009 season and joined the Cowboys practice squad.

On Nov. 3, 2009, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Mickens off the Cowboys practice squad. He was released on Nov. 24, 2009.
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