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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: S Nick Pickett

  • The Draft Network
  • February 4, 2021
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Nick Pickett plays with average reactive athleticism, as demonstrated in his agility in coverage. He is a willing tackler in the run game, but shows limited strength at the point of attack. He has some value against the pass and has made some plays in the passing game. He lacks elite coverage upside, which may also limit his value. However, he has shown good instincts and awareness on the back end. He projects with limited upside on special teams.

Ideal Role: PUDFA/Developmental player.

Scheme Fit: Any.


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: Stanford (2019), Washington State (2020), Oregon State (2020)

Best Game Studied: Washington State (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Oregon State (2020)

Football IQ: He plays with good football IQ, as evidenced in his awareness while in zone coverage. 

Tackling: He is light at the point of attack and falls off some tackles. He has more effectiveness tackling receivers than backs.

Versatility: He lacks true positional versatility. His skill set dictates that he should remain at safety only.

Range: He demonstrates average range for the position. However, his instincts help him get off the spot faster and into his zone responsibility.

Ball Skills: He has average ball skills. He needs to be more productive against the pass to have more value.

Run Defense: He has been more effective against receivers as a tackler than he has against the run. 

Functional Athleticism: He has average functional athleticism, as evidenced in his ability in coverage to make plays in the passing game. 

Competitive Toughness: He plays with average competitive toughness, as evidenced in his urgency in the run and passing game.

Flexibility: He plays with average positional flexibility. He has limited effectiveness in man coverage situations and is best suited on the back end.

Special Teams: He projects with less than ideal special teams ability based on his speed and tackling efficiency in space. 


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 65/100

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