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Over the last few weeks, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. With the visits ending earlier this week, let's take a final look at a selection of the players New York brought in.
Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane
Nickerson is a four-year starter who was a constant standout on the Tulane defense. During his career, he recorded 16 interceptions, broke up another 31 passes and scored two defensive touchdowns. He turned heads at the scouting combine when he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash.
He lacks size and doesn't have ideal length, so Nickerson might need to move into a slot role at the NFL level. He didn't play there much in college because he was typically employed in man coverage on an island.
Nickerson has good technique and wasn't penalized much in college, despite being a physical player. He could be a player the Jets target with one of their mid-round picks.
Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers
Turay is an interesting prospect who was primarily just a pass rush specialist for most of his college career, although his role expanded in his senior year.
He arrived on NFL radars after racking up 7.5 sacks in his freshman year, but only managed seven sacks in the rest of his career combined. He was consistent in terms of generating pressure. Unfortunately, he injured his hamstring running a good time in the 40-yard dash at the combine and couldn't perform a full workout, either there or at his pro day. That could, however, bode well for the Jets if it causes him to fall into the later rounds.
Scouts at the combine were interested to know if there were likely to be any long-term effects from Turay twice having surgery on an injured shoulder. If not, then he could be a player that could thrive in a similar role to the one he had in college.
Alex Cappa OL Humboldt State
With the Jets in the market for young reinforcements on the offensive line, Cappa could be a good choice. The NFL Network's Mike Mayock said the small school prospect's film was the nastiest he had ever seen.
While he was a tackle in college, some experts think Cappa could move inside because he's a better run blocker than pass protector based on how he finishes his blocks as his film shows. In particular, Mayock made a point of praising his hip torque, which enables him to play with leverage. The concern for Cappa is although he dominated at a lower level, it may be some time before he can adjust to the bigger, stronger and more talented defenders that he'll face in the pros.
Folorunso Fatukasi, DL, Connecticut
Fatukasi has been a consistently underrated run stuffer over the past four years at UConn, but his stock has been rising after a great performance at the East-West Shrine Game, which he followed up with a good combine workout.
With Steve McLendon out of contract at the end of the season, the Jets will be keen to add some solid run defenders who could potentially replace him. Fatukasi is not just a run defender though. He's also racked up 14 sacks over the past three seasons.
The best of the rest
Three more players the Jets have reportedly brought in over the last week or so are Florida running back Mark Thompson, Penn wide receiver Justin Watson and Grambling State running back Martez Carter.
Thompson had some off-field issues and couldn't lock down a starting role at Florida, but he's a big back who posted some good numbers for his size at his pro day. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2017.
Watson is coming off a tremendous pro day performance where he ran a sub-4.4 in the 40-yard dash, posted a vertical jump of 40 inches and managed 20 bench press reps. He also has nice size at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons as a receiver and set a career high with 14 touchdowns this year.
Finally, Carter has drawn comparisons with Chicago Bears tailback Tarik Cohen, another short FCS running back who had a tremendous rookie year. However, Carter is much bigger, having bulked up to 217 pounds in the offseason. He was down to 210 in time for his pro day and has vowed to lose a few more pounds in an effort to become even more elusive. He'll be a bargain if he can be anything like as successful in a third down back and return specialist role as Cohen was last year.