Parry Nickerson NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for New York Jets' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) intercepts a pass intended for Connecticut wide receiver Noel Thomas (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in East Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
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POSITIVES

—Four-year starter with excellent speed (4.32-second 40-yard dash) that shows up on film as he drives on the ball.

—Ball skills pop on film; high-points well and tracks the ball like a wide receiver over his shoulder.

—Speed, length and instincts combine to make him good playing the ball.

—Has the feet and hips to go through transitions and handle breaking routes.

—Plays with loose, fluid movement.

                            

NEGATIVES

—Slight frame (5'10", 182 lbs) causes him to struggle to press and jam receivers; best in off coverage so he can use his speed as an asset.

—Bites hard on double moves and is too aggressive driving on the ball at times.

—Will get run off by bigger receivers.

—High effort as a tackler but will bounce off ball-carriers.

                           

OVERALL

A sleeper at cornerback with the skills to potentially go higher than we ranked him, Parry Nickerson has speed and instincts that are eye-catching. There will be teams concerned about his small frame, but he'll be a great matchup in the slot.

                 

GRADE: 5.99 (Round 4)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: D'Joun Smith, free agent

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