After being undrafted during the 2021 NFL Draft, and unsigned for several days, Oregon defensive back Nick Pickett signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent per his Instagram story, as reported by Ducks Digest.
He was the fifth member of the Ducks secondary to earn an NFL opportunity this offseason joining Jevon Holland, Thomas Graham Jr., Deommodre Lenoir, and Brady Breeze.
Pickett declared for the draft two days after the conclusion of the 2020 college football season in the 2021 Fiesta Bowl.
At Oregon's Pro Day, Pickett benched 225 pounds for 18 rep, had a 35.5" vertical jump, and ran a 4.64 second 40-yard dash.
Here’s a look at one of the most consistent players for the last four seasons in the Oregon secondary:
FRESHMAN YEAR (2017):
Played in 11 games and made three starts. Pickett finished with 22 tackles (10 solo) and three pass breakups. Head coach Willie Taggart bolted for his “dream job” at Florida State, but as Pickett stated in his message to Ducks fans, he wanted to stay and rebuild the Oregon football program. And they did.
Started 12 of 13 games this season and finished fourth on the team in tackles (59 total, 34 solo). He had four pass breakups, one forced fumble and one interception in Oregon’s 9-4 season record that season that ended in a Redbox bowl victory.
Started the first nine and 11 total games of this 14-game season that ended in a Rose Bowl victory. Recorded 45 tackles (33 solo), seven pass breakups and one interception
With Jevon Holland, Brady Breeze and Thomas Graham Jr. all opting out before this season began, Pickett returning for his senior year was much needed in the Oregon secondary. He finished with 34 tackles (23 solo) in this seven-game season.