Parry Nickerson

Tulane
CB

Prospect Info

College
Tulane
Hometown
Class
Harvey, LA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
182 lbs
30 1/4”
Hands
8 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.72
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Jets
Jets
Round 6 ‧ Pick 5
40 Yard Dash
4.32
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Bench Press
15
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A first-team all-state pick from Louisiana, Nickerson thought he would get a chance to play for his home-state team as a true freshman. But he had to redshirt with a knee injury after just one game, despite making seven stops and forcing a fumble in that one appearance. Nickerson bounced back for his sophomore campaign, earning honorable mention All-Conference USA and first-team Freshman All-American honors by starting 11 of 12 games played, compiling 51 tackles, 2.5 for loss, six interceptions (ranking seventh in the FBS), and six pass breakups. Nickerson returned to the starting lineup for all 12 games in 2015, recording 46 stops, 3.5 for loss, and a team-leading eight pass breakups. He earned all-conference recognition once again in 2016 (second team) after intercepting four passes and returning them for 171 yards (ranked fourth in the FBS). Nickerson also deflected nine passes and posted 29 tackles on the year.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Tavon Young
Overview
Nickerson is a gritty, undersized cornerback who possesses some of the more impressive ball skills in this year's draft. His lack of size and length will likely force him into the slot where his athletic ability and technique should allow him to make his mark. Nickerson is tough, smart and instinctive, but he needs to prove he can hold up as an NFL tackler. He should compete for a role as nickel cornerback early in his career.
Strengths
  • Competes hard in coverage
  • Usually plays on an island
  • Despite lack of size, can slow receivers with his press
  • Effective from press and off-man coverage
  • Quick feet and loose hips to match patterns from his backpedal
  • Ballhawk
  • Made plays on 28 percent of his targets over last two years
  • Highly instinctive and makes plays outside his area
  • Has burst to close and can carry long speed down the field
  • Tracks the deep ball like a veteran outfielder
  • Sinks and crowds receiver's catch space before turning to find the ball
  • Punches above his weight when it's time to get physical at the catch-point
  • Uses high-point talent and positioning to take away 50/50 throws
Weaknesses
  • Smallish with a thin frame
  • Leans on receivers after release and gets off-balance at times
  • Aggressive style can get him tossed around when big receivers get physical back
  • Gets grabby when he's knocked out of position at top of the route
  • Plays hard but size matchups could be a challenge on NFL level
  • Lacks length for optimal recovery from trail position
  • Ducks head and throws his shoulder into ball carrier's legs to tackle over wrapping up

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league