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New York Jets Off the Clock: Sixth-Round Pick Cornerback Parry Nickerson, Tulane
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14 May 2018 02:30 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Cornerback Parry Nickerson defends pass against UCF. (Image Source: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The New York Jets had six picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, including four on Day 3. As we take the Jets “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all six of their draft picks, continuing with their first of three sixth-round choices:

Round 6; Pick 5 (179th Overall): CB Parry Nickerson, Tulane

Measurables: The Tulane product is a small man. He’s short at 5’ 10 3/8” and extremely slight at 182 pounds, with very small hands (8 ¼”) and short arms (30 ¼”; 72 ¾” wingspan). What he does have is speed to burn as Nickerson tied for the fastest 40-time at the NFL Scouting Combine with his blazing 4.32 number in Indianapolis. An injury kept him from performing in the other timed drills.

Skill Set: Not just a sprinter, Nickerson was a very productive coverman for Tulane. He’s proven capable of handling one-on-one coverage without safety help in both press man, as well as off the line. He’s instinctive with quick feet and the ability to flip his hips when running with receivers, as well as track the football. Will play bigger and is more physical than his size would indicate. Over his junior and senior seasons, Nickerson intercepted 10 passes and allowed just two touchdowns, giving up a 32.5 passer rating in 2016 and 41.7 in 2017 according to Pro Football Focus.   

Value: Nickerson fans would argue this is New York’s best value pick. projected him as a 4th-5th round choice and had him rated as their 117th prospect going into the draft. This might have been the steal of Day 3.

Need: Short-term there’s a lack of proven covermen Todd Bowles can count on beyond the top three (Trumaine Johnson, Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine) while Johnson might be the only cornerback on the roster who’s in the long-term plans.

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Mogollon’s Pick: Oh, I would have been pounding the table for Nickerson. I thought he was a viable option at No. 107 near the top of the fourth round.   

Who Did They Pass Up? No one, because the Jets had the very next pick. So, anyone who the Jets passed up at No. 179 they could have selected with the 180th pick.  

The Fit: The Jets want their corners to be able to play on an island in man coverage which is exactly what Nickerson can do. He has the speed, fluidity, and footwork to mirror receivers. The biggest question is whether he can play on the outside at his size.

2018 Outlook & Beyond: From Day 1, I expect Nickerson to be able to contribute as a coverman. It will probably be in a backup role behind starters Trumaine Johnson and Morris Claiborne, as well as slot corner Buster Skrine. Don’t be surprised if he emerges as the first man up off the bench at some point this season. Scouts who are high on Nickerson believe he has starting-caliber ability down the road. It’s possible he may end up exclusively as a slot corner if he can’t handle the NFL’s bigger receivers on the perimeter, but he’s feisty and was very effective on deep balls in college so I wouldn’t limit him until he gets a chance to show what he can do.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email:

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