The New York Jets selected Tulane Cornerback Parry Nickerson with the 179th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Here’s an initial reaction to the pick.
After a pair of slightly confusing trades in the 5th round…
Jets announce they've traded their fifth round pick (157 overall) to the Vikings for their 167th and 225th overall picks.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) April 28, 2018
…the Jets finally made their pick at 179th overall in the 6th round and selected the speedy cornerback from Tulane. Nickerson is a versatile corner who, with the Jets, likely will begin as a slot corner. He’ll provide some competition for resident slot corner Buster Skrine. However, Nickerson is certainly capable of playing on the outside as well.
Jets announce they've traded back with the Vikings, giving up picks 167 and 225 for 180 and 204.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) April 28, 2018
In college, Nickerson went somewhat unnoticed at Tulane. But he certainly produced. After an injury redshirt in his first year, Nickerson was all-conference for the next four seasons. He had 16 career interceptions, and was 4th in the FBS in interception return yard last season. PFF ranked him 55th overall on their board.
The #Jets find tremendous value in the 6th round with Tulane CB Parry Nickerson, the 55th ranked player on the PFF big board. He has allowed just one touchdown in each of the past two seasons pic.twitter.com/GviZlqo1do
— PFF NY Jets (@PFF_Jets) April 28, 2018
Parry Nickerson ranked 11th among draft corners with a 22.8% playmaker index pic.twitter.com/8GqWbUxrS8— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 25, 2018
In the lead up to the draft, Nickerson impressed at the NFL combine when he ran a blazing 4.32 second 40-time. The Jets have said they want to be faster on defense and he certainly fits that bill.
Here’s a little taste of what he’s capable of:
Nickerson is projected by most as a slot corner but he did manage some decent work on the outside:
Nickerson is always around the ball. He’s a sticky cover and was a turnover magnet at Tulane.
He uses his speed well, even making plays on special teams (comes in from the far left).
Nickerson is a slightly older player due to the injury redshirt (24 in October) but he’s a solid pick given where the Jets got him. Don’t be surprised if he works his way onto the field early. The Jets might not have just solidified their depth beyond Skrine, they may have also found a potential long term contributor if Nickerson reaches his ceiling.