EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings added depth, experience and a dash of flash to their cornerbacks room Monday by announcing a deal with veteran Parry Nickerson.
The addition of Nickerson occurs less than a week after Minnesota traded cornerback Mike Hughes to Kansas City.
Here are five things to know about the new Vikings cornerback, who is listed at 5-foot-10 and 182 pounds.
1. Fleet feet
Nickerson showcased his fast feet during the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine by running the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds.
That time tied Ohio State CB Denzel Ward, a first-round pick by Cleveland, and LSU CB Donte Jackson, a second-round selection by Carolina, for the fastest in the event that year.
2. Jets and a journey
The New York Jets selected Nickerson in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.
He appeared in all 16 games of his rookie season, making two starts that included a game against the Vikings in Week 7. Nickerson recorded seven tackles and one for a loss on 53 defensive snaps against Minnesota.
New York traded Nickerson to Seattle in 2019, and after a short stint on the Seahawks practice squad, Nickerson landed in Jacksonville. He played in four games with the Jaguars late in 2019 and joined the Packers in 2020. Nickerson was inactive during Week 1 when Green Bay visited Minnesota. His only game action for Green Bay occurred at Tampa Bay, playing two snaps on special teams before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury.
3. In the passing lanes at Tulane
Nickerson played in one game as a true freshman at Tulane in 2013 before suffering an injury that led to a medical redshirt.
He returned and played 48 games (and 46 starts) for the Green Wave, totaling 188 tackles (152 solo), 8.0 TFL, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 16 interceptions and 31 pass breakups.
Nickerson's interceptions rank second in Tulane history, and his PBUs are third all-time.
He was selected to the All-AAC First Team by the conference's coaches in 2017 when he totaled six interceptions, including one in each of his final three college games.
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4. Going the distance
Nickerson returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown in 2016, helping him finish the season with 171 return yards on his four picks as a redshirt junior. That return yardage ranked fourth in FBS that season.
According to analytics site Pro Football Focus, Nickerson allowed a passer rating of just 32.5 during the 2016 season, which led all cornerbacks in FBS who were returning in 2017.
5. New Orleans native
Nickerson lettered in football for three seasons at West Jefferson High School (Harvey, Louisiana, which is on the East Bank of the Mississippi River and due south of New Orleans proper) and helped the Buccaneers make the playoffs in each season. He earned first-team placement on all-metro and all-state teams as a senior and all-district honors in his final two prep seasons.