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Jets select Parry Nickerson with 179th overall pick and Folorunso Fatukasi with 180th overall pick in 2018 NFL Draft

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Because of a pair of trades with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets ended up with back to back picks in the early sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

With the 179th pick, the Jets selected Parry Nickerson.

With the 180th pick, the Jets selected Folorunso Fatukasi.

Nickerson is a cornerback out of Tulane. For whatever it is worth, Pro Football Focus has been pumping him up for months.

Parry Nickerson is undersized by NFL standards, but he should stand out on defense during the NFLPA Bowl as he caps off a dominant two-year stretch in coverage. In the last two seasons combined, Parry only allowed two touchdowns but collected 10 interceptions and 11 passes broken up. Opposing quarterbacks had a 43.2 passer rating when throwing into Nickerson’s coverage in 2017 and only 32.5 in 2016. His ability to make plays on the ball will intrigue NFL teams, and his six interceptions this season ranked him No. 2 behind only Iowa’s Josh Jackson among all FBS draft-eligible cornerbacks.

Fatukasi is a defensive lineman out of UConn.

SB Nation’s The UConn Blog had this to say about him.

Fatukasi’s strengths are centered on his physical attributes, as he uses his size and strength well to move blockers and disrupt offenses. His high motor will certainly catch the eyes of scouts, although it can sometimes lead to Fatukasi playing out of control and losing his technique. Once he joins a team, Fatukasi will need to refine that technique and learn how to better use his strength and size in the trenches.

His draft-ability is helped by his flexibility, as he can play either nose tackle or defensive end in a 3-4 scheme or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme. It opens the door for more teams to take Fatukasi as he isn’t limited to a 3-4 or 4-3 defense like many front seven players.

Prior to the Draft, GGN member superhuman wrote a detailed series of FanPosts on sleeper prospects. Wouldn’t you know it, both Jets sixth round picks were part of the series.

Click here to read the profile on Nickerson.

Click here to read the profile on Fatukasi.

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