Parry Nickerson selected by New York Jets in 6th round of 2018 NFL Draft
The Louisiana native becomes the 141st Tulane student-athlete drafted in NFL history
NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University cornerback Parry Nickerson was selected as the 179th overall pick by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon.
Nickerson’s selection marks the second consecutive season a Green Wave student-athlete has been taken in the NFL Draft. He also becomes the 141st Tulane player chosen in the NFL Draft in program history.
Nickerson is the first Green Wave player to be selected in this year’s NFL Draft.
Tabbed first-team All-American Athletic Conference by the league’s head coaches, Nickerson led the conference in interceptions with six. His six picks rank tied for fourth in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision at 0.5 per game. His 14 passes defended (six interceptions and eight pass breakups) rank tied for fourth in The American and tied for 37th in the country at 1.2 per game.
In his final season wearing the Olive and Blue, Nickerson recorded 55 tackles (46 solo) and 2.0 tackles for loss to go along with his six picks. He set a career high with nine tackles at FIU, eclipsing his previous best of eight at East Carolina on Nov. 22, 2014. The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist was also a nominee for Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, Wuerffel Trophy and Senior CLASS Award.
The Algiers, La., native finished his career as one of the best defensive backs to ever play at Tulane with 16 career interceptions, which rank second in school history and 31 career pass breakups, which rank third in school history. He totaled 188 tackles, with 152 of those as solo stops, to go along with 8.0 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one block.
Nickerson earned three All-America honors, including a second-team by Sports Illustrated, third-team by Phil Steele and honorable mention by SB Nation.
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