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DeVante Parker | Wide Receiver

Team: Louisville Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/20/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 211

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Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker had eight receptions for 214 yards in Thursday's 42-31 loss to Florida State.
Excuse NFL scouts for salivating. Against a talented secondary featuring potential first-round CB P.J. Williams, Parker thrived, averaging 26.8 yards per catch (including a 71-yard reception). He missed the first seven games of the season with a broken foot, but has made up for lost time immediately, hauling in 17 receptions for 346 yards (he had 55 receptions for 885 yards and a UL-record-tying 12 touchdowns last year). Boasting a 4.39 forty, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, an 80-inch wingspan, and a ridiculous catch radius, the 6-foot-3, 208-pound Parker is a future first-rounder. Rotoworld ranks Parker as the No. 2 draft-eligible receiver, behind Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham. Oct 30 - 11:43 PM

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker, "is one of the most impressive wideouts in the country" at "near full health."

"Near full health, he is one of the most impressive wideouts in the country with his tall frame, speed to stretch the field and wingspan, giving him a large catching radius. Parker vs. Seminoles junior CB P.J. Williams is a must-see match-up," Brugler writes. Unfortunately for Parker, he broke a bone in his left foot back in August and missed the first seven weeks of the season. In his first game back against North Carolina, the 6-foot-3, 211-pound Parker hauled in nine passes for 132 yards. Last season, Parker recorded 55 catches for 885 yards and 12 TDs. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Parker as the No. 2 draft-eligible receiver, behind Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 30 - 3:04 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker will be the focus for Florida State's defense, writes ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.

Beyond the fact that this is a chance for Parker and the Cardinals to challenge a national title contender, the game could be a showcase for one of the best receivers in the nation. Parker missed the first seven games of the season after breaking a bone in his foot, but he looked like he hadn't missed a beat in his return last week. He caught nine passes for 132 yards against North Carolina. Kiper hasn't been light on the hyperbole regarding Parker, as he compared him to A.J. Green in terms of body stature on his latest Big Board. "Has great length, long arms, good hops and a strong, chiseled, lean frame that will remind some of A.J. Green," Kiper wrote. "It all adds up to a guy with a huge catch radius. He will make plays down the field, and he's good with the ball in his hands." Last season, Parker recorded 55 catches for 885 yards and 12 TDs. Assuming he stays healthy, he'll be on the draft radar for the first round.
Oct 29 - 7:25 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker's "frame is pretty close to that of A.J. Green," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"The length is supplemented by his really long arms, and when you add in his good leaping ability you have a player with a tremendous catch radius," Kiper wrote. Parker, who missed the Cardinals' first seven games after breaking a bone in his left foot in late-August, returned to field in style on Saturday, hauling in nine passes for 132 yards in against North Carolina State. "Parker has good bloodlines -- his dad was a RB at Louisville -- and is an extremely hard worker going back to high school, where coaches raved about how he prepared like a pro," Kiper wrote. "He'll be one next year, and there's a good chance it comes by way of Round 1."
Oct 21 - 6:56 PM

In his return to the field, Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker (toe) hauled in nine passes for 132 yards in Saturday's win against North Carolina State.

Parker missed the Cardinals' first seven games after breaking a bone in his left foot in late-August. Though he didn't reach the end zone, Louisville QB Will Gardner followed in Teddy Bridgewater's footsteps by targeting Parker early and often. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Parker (55 receptions for 885 yards and a UL-record-tying 12 touchdowns last year) is one of the nation's best WR prospects. With a 4.39 forty, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, an 80-inch wingspan, and a ridiculous catch radius, Parker is a likely future first-rounder. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Parker as the No. 2 draft-eligible receiver, behind Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham.
Oct 18 - 7:16 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker is not in pads during pregame warmups.

In other words, Parker is in street clothes and almost certainly not playing. The receiver was evaluated on Thursday and Friday in the hopes of making his debut, but Parker will have to wait a little longer to show that his broken left foot is healed.
Oct 11 - 2:52 PM

After being sore from practice this week, Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker's status for Saturday's game against Clemson is still uncertain.

Beat writer Jeff Greer reports Parker's evaluation on Thursday and Friday night will be telling. The receiver is Louisville's best player, but he has missed the entire season after breaking a bone in his left foot in late-August, Parker is dominant at the catch point when bringing in contested catches.
Oct 10 - 10:02 AM

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino said there’s a "good chance" senior WR DeVante Parker will play in Saturday’s game against Clemson.

Parker has missed the first six games after breaking a bone in his left foot during a practice in late-August. The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder (55 receptions for 885 yards and a UL-record-tying 12 touchdowns last year) is one of the nation's best wideout prospects. With a 4.39 forty, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, an 80-inch wingspan, and a ridiculous catch radius, Parker is considered by many to be a future first-rounder. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Parker as the No. 2 draft-eligible receiver, behind Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham. "Body control to make contested catches off the ground is obvious," Norris wrote. "High points extremely well. Creates that sliver of space to win against tight coverage. Aggressively works back towards his QB on comebacks."
Source: Rotoworld
Oct 7 - 11:45 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker's broken foot is recovering on or ahead of schedule.

The team will have more info on when he is expected to return, but Parker is already running and working out. Parker was initially given a timeline of 6-8 weeks back on August 25. Josh Norris lists Parker as his No. 2 overall receiver.
Oct 1 - 12:00 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker is graded as Todd McShay's No. 2 receiver prospect.

McShay's rankings were published before the announcement that Parker would miss 6-8 weeks due to a broken bone in his left foot. "Parker's size-speed combo is above average, although not outstanding, but he's fast enough to run under the deep ball and is dangerous after the catch, including the ability to slip tackles and pick up yards after contact," McShay wrote. "He has good separation skills, setting up defenders with footwork and head fakes and locating and exploiting openings in zone looks. His ball skills are just average, as he drops a lot of catchable passes and isn't great on 50-50 balls, but he can pluck the ball out of the air and make over-the-shoulder catches." Like McShay, Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranked Parker second, comparing him to Hakeem Nicks. The Cardinals hope Parker can return in early October, as they face a beastly early schedule that includes Miami, Virginia and Clemson during their first seven contests.
Aug 25 - 9:00 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker will miss the next 6-8 weeks due to a broken bone in his left foot.

Parker will have surgery in North Carolina. The senior is easily Louisville's best offensive threat and possible the best in the country at winning at the catch point. In fact, of the 12 receivers he evaluated during the preseason, Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranked Parker second and compared him to Hakeem Nicks. Louisville faces the likes of Miami, Virginia and Clemson during their first seven contests.
Aug 25 - 1:45 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker is not expect to play in the school's season opener after injuring his left foot, according to WDRB in Kentucky.

The Cardinals open against Miami. Parker visited Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Sunday, and head coach Bobby Petrino is expected to comment on the injury on Monday. Parker is an outstanding talent who consistently wins at the catch point. Rotoworld's Josh Norris pegged him with a preseason first-round grade.
Source: WDRB
Aug 24 - 5:32 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker injured his left foot in practice on Friday.

Details about the injury are sparse at the moment, and the school doesn't figure to update Parker's status until after he returns from a consultation with Dr. Bob Anderson, an ankle/foot injury expert. "I appreciate all the love," Parker tweeted late Friday night. "I'm fine." We hope he's right, but athletes aren't sent to Anderson for non-serious injuries. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound is one of the nation's best wideout prospects. With a 4.39 forty, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, an 80-inch wingspan, and a ridiculous catch radius, Parker is considered by many to be a future first-rounder. "He's really special," coach Bobby Petrino said of Parker at ACC media day in late July. "He has a combination of size and strength. He can really control his body and make different catches in the air. The thing that excites me as much as anything is his ability to run after the catch. He's a special talent."
Aug 23 - 4:48 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline assesses Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker as a Rds. 2-3 prospect.

Parker checks in as Pauline's highest-rated preseason AAC prospect. "Parker is a large, smooth pass catcher with dependable hands," Pauline wrote. "He’s not field stretcher but a competent possession wide out who can line-up in a variety of offensive sets." The 6-foot-3, 208-pound wideout has a 4.39 forty, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, and an 80-inch wingspan. We love his catch radius. Parker collected 55 catches for 885 yards and 12 TDs last season.
Aug 8 - 12:26 PM

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