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7 forgotten former NY Jets draft picks still playing in the NFL

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2. Parry Nickerson, CB, NY Jets (6th round - 2018)

Of all the players on this list, perhaps the most surprising one still in the NFL is former sixth-round pick Parry Nickerson. Nickerson played in all 16 games as a rookie with the Jets in 2018, making two starts.

He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks the following summer for a conditional seventh-round pick, although he would never play for Seattle.

Instead, he appeared in four games with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019, one game with the Green Bay Packers in 2020, and four more games with the Minnesota Vikings this past year.

Now entering his fifth NFL season, Nickerson has played defensive snaps in just two games since his rookie season. But he's still hanging around the NFL and will look to earn a spot on the Vikings' roster this summer.

1. Dakota Dozier, OG, NY Jets (4th round - 2014)

It took Dakota Dozier seven years, but he's finally become a consistent NFL starter. The former Furman standout was drafted in the fourth round by the Jets way back in 2014 as part of the infamous "Idzik 12."

Nearly a decade later, Dozier is the last remaining member from that draft class, and he's not just some backup somewhere either. In fact, the 31-year-old started 16 games for the Vikings last year and is currently penciled in as the Bears' Week 1 starting right guard entering the 2022 season.

Is he a good starter? Not exactly, but he's managed to carve out a role as a versatile backup guard who can start in a pinch or for teams with bad offensive lines.

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Of the 50 players drafted by the Jets between 2010 and 2016, Dozier is one of just three currently projected to be starters in 2022 (along with Leonard Williams and Demario Davis). That, in and of itself, is remarkable.

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