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DeVante Parker | Wide Receiver

Team: Louisville Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/20/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 209

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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker as a preseason Rds. 2-3 prospect.
Parker is Pauline's highest-rated AAC prospect. Still, this grade is relatively light in comparison to industry perception, which is closer to Rds. 1-2. Parker's quickness off the ball is only average, as is his straight-line speed, but he has great size (6-foot-3, 208 pounds), an outstanding catch radius, long arms, soft hands, outstanding leaping ability and great body control and agility. He collected 55 catches for 885 yards and 12 TDs last season. Aug 1 - 2:15 AM

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Louisville's DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers were named the AAC's best receiving duo by NFL.com.

"There is a noticeable lack of proven No. 2 receivers in the ACC this season, but Rogers looks best-positioned to make the move from No. 3 to No. 2. Parker (6-foot-3, 208 pounds), a senior, should thrive in new coach Bobby Petrino's offense; (Parker is a great athlete), and a huge weapon in the red zone because of his size and leaping ability," the website noted. "Rogers (5-10, 181), also a senior, has caught 131 passes, with nine TDs, in the past three seasons, catching 41, 46 and 44 passes. In this offense, catching 60-plus passes should be expected of him this fall." Parker caught 55 passes for 885 yards and 12 TDs last year. We love his catch radius, and believe he has Round 1 upside, and a Day 2 floor.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 9:49 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker "has first-round talent," writes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens, and will realize that projection if he produces as he has the past two seasons.

Parker enters his senior campaign with 28 career touchdown receptions, and he's been a first-team all-conference honoree the past two years. "At 6'3 with long arms, soft hands and superb leaping ability, Parker is as tough of a receiver to defend as there is anywhere in the country as he utilizes great body control and timing to win any ball thrown in his vicinity regardless of how well-covered he is," Stephens wrote. "After the catch, Parker demonstrates impressive shiftiness despite being a long-strider and has a nice second gear to create distance once he's in the open field." Parker has only average quickness off the ball and marginal straight-line speed, according to Stephens, and must continue to improve his ability to work back to the ball.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 8:52 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker has a pro agility time of 4.10 and benches 225 pounds 17 times.

The 6-foot-3, 208-pound wideout also has a 4.39 forty, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, and an 80-inch wingspan. The No. 15 "Freak" on Bruce Feldman's annual list caught 55 passes for 885 yards and 12 TDs last year. We love his catch radius, and the NFL will too. Parker has Round 1 upside, and a Day 2 floor.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 13 - 7:18 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah is a 'big fan' of Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker.

Parker is a "smooth athlete, attacks the ball at highest (point) and elusive after the catch," Jeremiah tweeted. Parker is taking a bit of a risk in returning for his final season without Teddy Bridgewater, but the receiver is exceptional at high pointing the football. A top 64 pick could be in his future.
Jun 25 - 10:54 AM

Louisville junior WR DeVante Parker runs a 4.39 second forty and has a wing span of 80 inches.

Parker is a freak athlete who has a vertical jump of 36.5 inches and a broad jump of 10-foot-10. The Cardinals' star can also squat 455 pounds, bench press 335 pounds, and do 17 reps in the bench press. The NFL will love Parker's catch radius, just as Teddy Bridgewater did and Will Gardner will. Coaches will love to see Parker leaping over DBs and dominating at the catch point this fall, while scouts will salivate over measurements that confirm what the naked eye can plainly see.
Source: NFL.com
May 30 - 9:31 PM

Louisville junior WR DeVante Parker announced he will return for his final season of eligibility.

Parker flirted with the NFL but said he would only leave if he received a first-round projection. That was not going to happen, but Parker is an impressive leaper and dominates at the catch point.
Jan 2 - 5:01 PM

Louisville junior WR DeVante Parker had nine receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 36-9 Florida Citrus Bowl victory over Miami.

Parker actually left the game during Louisville's second series with an ankle injury. He was tended to by the team's medical team and returned in the second quarter, much to Miami's chagrin. Parker's 26-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter tied Ibn Green's Cardinals' record for TD receptions in a season (12), originally set in 1998. Teddy Bridgewater's favorite target would be wise to return to school for another year, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him declare for the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 12:44:00 PM

Louisville junior WR DeVante Parker will likely return to school if he does not receive an evaluation in the first-round range, according to his grandfather Willie.

"If they're not projecting him near the first round, he's definitely going to be back for his senior year," Willie Parker said. The junior has some talent, most notably in red zone situations, and he has become Teddy Bridgewater's favorite target. He does not matchup up with other top prospects at the position, however.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 01:05:00 PM

Louisville junior WR DeVante Parker had nine receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's overtime win over Cincinnati.

Parker leads the Cardinals with 11 touchdown receptions. Parker (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) uses his excellent size to full advantage in the red zone. He isn't a burner, but Parker is quick enough to beat press coverage.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 11:33:00 PM

Louisville junior WR DeVante Parker (shoulder) missed Thursday's game against Rutgers.

Parker suffered the shoulder injury last week against Temple. An MRI must have given player and team pause, but neither party is required to disclose medical information to the public. Parker leads the Cardinals with 21 receptions for 375 yards and six touchdowns. We should soon know more about his ongoing status.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 09:44:00 PM

Louisville junior WR DeVante Parker is considered a game-time decision for Thursday's game against Rutgers.

The receiver had an MRI following the injury that took place against Temple. Parker leads the Cardinals with 21 receptions for 375 yards and six touchdowns. We doubt Bridgewater will have trouble spreading the ball around.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 10:09:00 AM

Louisville junior WR DeVante Parker "needs to learn to use his size better," according to NFL.com's Mike Huguenin.

"Parker (6-3, 209) has excellent size, and though he doesn't have elite speed, he is quick and can get off press coverage," Huguenin writes. In 2012, Parker did register 10 touchdowns on 40 receptions, and he could emerge as Teddy Bridgewater's top option.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 11:16:00 AM

Louisville junior WR DeVante Parker impressed Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench on film.

"Parker is quick and plays fast on film," Muench tweeted. "If he gets stronger and more consistent catching away from frame watch out." Expect the junior to be Teddy Bridgewater's primary target this season.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 09:58:00 AM