Bleacher Report recently picked every team’s most intriguing project player as for the New York Jets, they went with cornerback Parry Nickerson.
When most teams make a selection in the later rounds of an NFL Draft, they tend to be players with a lot of potential but usually require a lot of work. So far, that hasn’t been the case with rookie cornerback Parry Nickerson, a sixth-round pick of the Jets in this year’s draft.
So far, Nickerson has been making a name for himself all offseason long as he’s been the talk of training camp so far. He’s always making plays whether it’s tipping passes or getting an interception off of opposing quarterbacks in camps.
Nickerson has his work cut out for him but he’s already proving to be quality depth to have at cornerback behind veteran starters Trumaine Johnson, Morris Claiborne, and Buster Skrine. Not only is Nickerson competing for a final roster spot but could very well take some playing time away from Skrine if everything falls into place.
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In an article written by Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report, here is why he picked Nickerson as the most intriguing project player for the Jets:
At 5’10” and 182 pounds, he’s undersized, and like most young defensive backs, his footwork and technique in coverage can be inconsistent. But Nickerson’s a hard-nosed player with speed to burn (4.32 40 at the combine). He has upside Skrine can’t match.
Nickerson made quite the name for himself at Tulane. In his collegiate career, he totaled 188 tackles, 16 interceptions, 31 passes defended, and four forced fumbles. He’s incredibly fast and has good defensive instincts to constantly make plays out of nowhere.
Ideally, what Nickerson does where it matters most during preseason action, could very well determine where he lands on the Jets depth chart. They already have a good amount of cornerbacks but Nickerson continues to stand out from the rest as it’s easy to see why he’s an intriguing project player to keep an eye on over the next few months.
Overall, it looks like general manager Mike Maccagnan made a solid selection in Nickerson as he’s that classic overachiever just looking for an opportunity to be a big contributor on the Jets for many years to come.