New York Jets: Grading the 2018 draft class pick by pick

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Parry Nickerson

This was a pick of need, and not a bad one at that. The Jets were very thin at quarterback. We see these guys beaten all the time. Buster Skrine had a bad year, although he will get back to the slot in 2018, his more effective position. Guys like Juston Burris scare exactly nobody. Receivers beat him and others on the depth chart like rented mules. They needed to bring in help.

Granted, Trumaine Johnson is here and Morris Claiborne is back. But they are the starters. If Claiborne gets hurt they need someone behind him. There will be a rotation and the Jets need guys that can play. They need players that can cover so Kacy Rodgers can get creative with his blitzes. If the Jets can get to the quarterback they can be successful, and that means covering receivers on the outside. That means talent at the cornerback spot.

Parry Nickerson stands smaller than 6-0, making him atypical. But, he is a hard-working cover corner with a nose for the football. 31 passes defended and 16 interceptions are solid numbers in school and he can play man to man. He may have been a day three selection but that doesn’t mean he is going to be written off. This could be a sleeper out of this group.

Grade: A-