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Tulane redshirt senior CB Donnie Lewis said that he has "some big goals" for the coming season.

Lewis (6'0/195) is excited about developing further as a leader and continuing Tulane's recent history of churning out draftable NFL pieces from the secondary. Friend and fellow corner Parry Nickerson was the latest to exit stage left, with the Jets drafting him in the sixth round. Lewis, himself, could be in line for some draft love next spring depending on how the coming months unfold. This past season, he registered 36 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass breakups. He's made 31 starts for the Green Wave over the past three seasons.
Jun 5 - 3:45 PM

South Alabama redshirt senior T Noah Fisher transferred to Tulane as a graduate.

Fisher (6'5/315) has experience at both left and right tackle. This past season, he earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors for his work on the line. He heads to Tulane having made 25 consecutive starts at South Alabama. He stuck it out in spring practice with the Jaguars before deciding to move on. Fisher's place on the Green Wave depth chart will clarify over the summer.
May 31 - 11:12 AM

Tulane extended HC Willie Fritz through the 2023 season.

A little two-year extension for Fritz, here. While he has yet to find his groove with the Green Wave, this makes for a nice show of support from the athletic department. Fritz took over as head coach in December of 2015. In his first two seasons at the helm of the ship, the program's turned in a 9-15 record. It fell just short of bowl eligibility last season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 4:57 PM

Vikings selected Tulane DE Ade Aruna with the No. 218 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Aruna (6’5/262) made 34 starts for the Green Wave, compiling 19 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Aruna managed two sacks as a senior as Tulane’s coaching staff oddly asked him to play 3-4 nose tackle. When used to penetrate upfield, Aruna showed impressive burst and freaky length. Aruna blew up the Combine with a 4.6-flat forty and explosive vertical (38 ½") and broad (10’8") jumps, testing as an 85th-percentile athlete. Long on traits but still learning the game as a Nigerian native who didn’t play football until his senior year in high school, Aruna profiles as a high-ceiling, low-floor project.
Apr 28 - 5:38 PM

Jets selected Tulane CB Parry Nickerson with the No. 179 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Nickerson (5’10/182) made 46 starts in the Tulane's secondary, tallying 16 career interceptions and three forced fumbles and earning first-team All-American Athletic Conference as a senior. In 2017, PFF College charted Nickerson with a stingy 39.0 passer rating allowed and a 45% completion rate allowed over his final two college seasons. Blazing fast (4.32) but small and lean, Nickerson may have to move to slot corner in the NFL.
Apr 28 - 3:55 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Tulane CB Parry Nickerson allowed the lowest rating of any corner on deep passes among draft-eligible corners.

In this case, a deep pass is one thrown 20-plus yards downfield. Nickerson (5'10/182) generated a passer rating of just 29.0 on those passes. Most view him as a slot-corner because of his size, but he has excellent ball skills, and he's shown the ability to close on the football. Nickerson should go before the end of Day 2, and won't be on the board long after Day 3 begins if not.
Apr 25 - 3:42 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Tulane CB Parry Nickerson to Baltimore Ravens CB Tavon Young.

Nickerson has consistently been called one of the best nickel corners in the draft, and Zierlein joins in the chorus. He notes his ability to slow receivers in the press despite his small size (5'10/182), and that he tracks the ball "like a veteran outfielder." He projects Nickerson to go on Day 3, but a team looking for an immediate contributor at nickel and on special teams could draft him before the end of Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 8:35 PM

Tulane CB Parry Nickerson visited the Raiders.

Nickers is a corner who will start receiving love in the third round. At 5-foot-10, 182 pounds and 30-inch arms, Nickerson's on paper projection might be in the slot. He can absolutely line up there, but he's also very competitive at the catch point when playing outside.
Apr 17 - 8:46 AM

Tulane CB Parry Nickerson is visiting the New York Jets on Wednesday.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris passes along this little tidbit. Nickerson (5'10/182) can absolutely fly -- he posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.32 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine -- and brings a tough attitude to the fray. While DraftScout.com views Nickerson as a Day 3 prospect, it's not outside the realm of possibility he could see interest on Day 2.
Apr 11 - 12:46 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah lists Tulane CB Parry Nickerson as a corner who can provide "big" value despite being undersized.

Nickerson is listed at 5-foot-10, 182-pounds, but as Jeremiah notes, he "plays much bigger than that." He compares the former Green Wave corner to 2014 first-rounder Jason Verrett in their ability to locate the ball and play it in the air. "He's always in the right position and tied for the fastest 40-yard dash at this year's NFL Scouting Combine (4.32 seconds)," Jeremiah writes. "Nickerson lines up primarily outside, but I think he has the right skill set to play inside or outside at the next level." That skill set could see Nickerson go early this April, with Jeremiah believing he has a chance to be a second-round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 10:29 PM

Scout Inc's Steve Muench listed Tulane edge-rusher Ade Aruna as one of the drafts top risers after his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Aruna ranked third after his SPARQ score put him in the 85th percentile. "The 40-yard dash, vertical jump and arm length are three keys when it comes to evaluating defensive ends,"Muench writes. "Aruna is 6-5 and 262 pounds with 34-inch arms, and ran the sixth-fastest 40 (4.60) and posted the second-highest vertical (38.5 inches) among the edge defenders." He also impressed during his time at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, so Aruna could be seeing his stock rise from late-round pick to possible Day 2 contender.
Source: ESPN
Mar 5 - 9:22 PM

Tulane CB Parry Nickerson's official forty time at the NFL Combine was 4.32.

Nickerson (5'10/182) helped his draft stock by running one of the fastest 40-yard dash times among cornerbacks at the combine. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes he will be a late draft pick and that "Nickerson is tough, smart and instinctive, but he needs to prove he can hold up as an NFL tackler. He should compete for a role as nickel cornerback early in his career." With a strong showing at the combine, we see Nickerson as a potential late-round gem.
Mar 5 - 11:35 AM

Tulane edge-rusher Ade Aruna's official forty time at the NFL Combine was 4.60.

Aruna's (6'5/252) 40-yard dash was one of the best among all defensive lineman. He also has a long frame that is sure to attract teams. Aruna has a lot of the physical tools teams look for in defensive lineman, but his lack of production is definitely a concern. He is shaping up to be drafted near the end of Day 2 or the beginning of Day 3.
Mar 4 - 1:00 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes it will be difficult to find "a more competitive CB with better ball skills" than Tulane CB Parry Nickerson.

"Just an absolute dog on contested catches and plays with good technique and excellent ball skills," Zierlein tweeted about the potential draft weekend gem. Nickerson does not possess the height many in the NFL now covet, likely standing around 5-foot-10. Outside versus inside corner are quite different spots, but Zierlein seems certain Nickerson can make it in the NFL, possibly in the slot.
Feb 20 - 11:01 AM

Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski listed Tulane edge-rusher Ade Aruna as a "winner" for his performance in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Aruna (6'6/265) has what Sobleski calls "elite traits" for a pass-rusher, thanks to his long frame and quick first step. He also notes that his lack of production -- he had just two sacks in his senior season after recording five in his junior campaign -- to a change in the Green Wave scheme. "Aruna won't be an early-round selection, yet his raw tools should be enough to entice some team in hopes of developing him into a top-end edge defender," Sobleski summarizes. It sounds like Aruna could be a value play near the end of Day 2 or beginning of Round 3.
Feb 3 - 8:09 PM


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