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DeVante Parker | Wide Receiver

Team: Louisville Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/20/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 211

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva "was very surprised Miami didn't place a higher priority on its suspect secondary" and gave the Dolphins' draft class a "C+" grade.
"I'm not quite as high on [DeVante] Parker as many are, and would've preferred Miami address its glaring cornerback need at No. 14 with either Kevin Johnson or Marcus Peters," Silva wrote. "I do believe Parker will be a good player, but envision him more as a rich man's Brandon LaFell than A.J. Green." ESPN's Mel Kiper pegged the class with a "B" grade. "DeVante Parker has the chance to be special and fills a clear need for them," Kiper wrote. The analyst liked late Day 3 picks of Jay Ajayi and Tony Lippett. Sun, May 3, 2015 09:30:00 PM
Source: Rotoworld

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Dolphins selected Louisville WR DeVante Parker with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Parker (6'3/209) caught 156 balls for 2,775 yards (17.8 YPR) and 33 TDs in four years at UL despite missing the first seven games of 2014 with a broken bone in his left foot. He ran 4.45 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump in Indianapolis. Long armed (33 1/4") with terrific hands, Parker dropped just three passes between his junior and senior seasons. Parker doesn't play as fast as he timed, however, and struggled with press coverage in college. He's drawn comparisons ranging from A.J. Green to Brandon LaFell. Ultimately, Parker is best suited for a No. 2 receiver role, though he could grow into a lower-end No. 1. He joins a revamped receiver corps in Miami that now boasts Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings and Parker as their top-four.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 09:43:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora keeps hearing "from evaluators who know what they hell they are doing" that Louisville WR DeVante Parker is the "second-best receiver in the draft."

"Some think the gap between him and Amari Cooper isn't exactly massive," La Canfora further added. "Not saying he is the second one taken -- Kevin White's measurables probably still make him second to Cooper, but could be more interesting than some think." In a study of numbers, Parker disappoints. A football analytics director recently agreed with Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score projection -- which called Parker the No. 9 WR -- that Parker should have been more productive in college. "It is hard to see him living up to this rating," the director said, referencing Mel Kiper's No. 9 overall grade. That said, Parker's catch radius is as large as a black hole. We're fans.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 03:50:00 PM

A football analytics director agreed with Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score projection that Louisville WR DeVante Parker should have been more productive in college.

The Football Outsiders' projection was rather damning, grading Parker No. 9 amongst receivers and comparing him to busts Bryant Johnson and Peter Warrick. Parker had no 1,000-yard seasons at Louisville, though, to be fair, he had 855 yards last year in roughly half a season. "It is hard to see him living up to this rating," the director said, referencing Mel Kiper's No. 9 overall grade.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 07:23:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis says that the worst-case scenario for Miami is that the draft's top three receivers are all off the board when they get on the clock in Round 1.

Louisville WR DeVante Parker was a popular pick for the Dolphins in mock drafts throughout the winter, but Parker's stock has been rising in recent weeks, enough so that it is now assumed that he won't be available at No. 14 overall. In fact, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero recently reported that he's hearing Parker will be drafted before No. 14. "The nightmare for the Dolphins could be standing pat and watching Parker go before it's their time to pick," Davis wrote. "The consolation prize? It could be UCF WR Breshad Perriman at No. 14. He, too, is on the rise and some rank him as even with Parker. I still have Perriman sixth in my WR rankings, though."
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 07:56:00 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker won't last until the Dolphins pick at No. 14 overall, according to information the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero has been "hearing."

The always star-struck Dolphins are reportedly interested in trading up for a wide receiver, though they're also reportedly gaga for Todd Gurley. Amari Cooper and Kevin White would both cost extreme draft equity for a team already short a third-rounder, though Parker would probably just require hopping over the Rams at No. 10 and the Vikings at No. 11. Stay tuned, dear reader.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 09:32:00 PM's Frank Cooney writes that if you "can't get [Amari] Cooper or [Kevin] White, then [Louisville WR DeVante Parker] is a damned good consolation prize."

"Parker's wingspan offers a target 80 inches across with big, soft hands to finish the job," Cooney wrote. "Wait, there's more. Scouts say he is still refining his craft as a route-runner and his tough-minded approach should help jump-start his pro career. Although Parker does not explode off the line, his long-striding style makes him deceptively fast at top speed." When asked to describe his game, Parker replied: "I'm a big, physical kind of player. I go up and get the ball. I go in the middle. Anywhere, I go and get it." Concluded Cooney: "In most drafts, Parker would be the best wide receiver."
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 07:40:00 PM

Two of four CBS draft analysts mock Louisville WR DeVante Parker to the Vikings at No. 11 overall, and colleague Frank Cooney calls Parker the best fit in the draft for the Purple.

"Not only does he already have an established connection with Teddy Bridgewater, but Parker has legitimate No. 1 ability, in the mold of A.J. Green," Cooney wrote. "Norv Turner's offense and Bridgewater would substantially benefit with a talent like Parker at their disposal." Dane Brugler was one of the analysts mocking Parker to Minny, writing: "Minnesota added Mike Wallace to the wide receiver depth chart, but the Vikings are still in search of a No. 1 caliber pass catcher. Parker has the talent to fill that need." Interestingly, the two dissenting voices -- Pete Prisco and Rob Rang -- both have Minnesota taking MSU CB Trae Waynes.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 06:44:00 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker is scheduled to visit the Titans after finishing his visit with the Rams, according to Ian Rapoport.

The Titans are certainly bringing in a lot of receivers during the draft process, and many of them the fitting in the top names. Maybe we are reading into this too much, but maybe the Titans are preparing for a trade out and focusing on adding to their receivers for Zach Mettenberger. Justin Hunter has not progressed and the other Titans' receivers win on the ground.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 11:35:00 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Louisville WR DeVante Parker "has deceptive speed as a long strider, and consistently challenges guys vertically on tape."

"What he does best is get down the field and track the deep ball," McShay wrote. The analyst ticked off a series of teams that could use a player fitting Parker's skill set: the Jaguars, Raiders, Jets, Bears, Rams, Browns, Dolphins, Texans, Chiefs, Eagles, Panthers, Ravens, Patriots and Seahawks. NFL Films' Greg Cosell projects Parker as a Michael Crabtree-like "complementary" receiver in the NFL.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 01:27:00 AM

"Multiple teams" consider Louisville WR DeVante Parker a top 10 prospect, according to Peter King.

This does not mean Parker is a lock to be selected in the top 10, however. Many, many times the board falls so that teams select a top 10 player on their board in the teens or later based on needs, fits and a number of other reasons. Parker is a great talent who has size, speed and contested catch capability.
Source: The MMQB
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 09:32:00 AM

Sharon Katz and John Parolin of ESPN Stats & Information compare Louisville WR DeVante Parker's draft profile to Mike Evans.

The similarities are statistical. Evans led the NFL with 18 catches of 20-plus yards last season and led the NCAA in that stat the year before at Texas A&M. Parker, meanwhile, accrued 49 percent of his receiving yards last year on passes thrown 20-plus yards. By percentage, he was the nation's best deep threat last year, better than even Ohio State’s Devin Smith. "Although Parker is shorter than Evans, he tracks deep balls and can make tough over-the-shoulder catches like Evans," wrote Katz and Parolin.
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 05:21:00 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker is visiting the Vikings on Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport.

Parker already visited the Jaguars and Dolphins, and is scheduled to travel to see the Jets, Titans and Bears along with others, per Rapoport. Parker missed a large portion of the season due to a broken foot but picked up right where he left off in 2013 with Teddy Bridgewater. Parker floats in the air and consistently wins contested catches and is still learning how to consistently separate on the ground.
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 11:32:00 AM

Half of CBS Sports' draft analysts have Louisville WR DeVante Parker headed to Miami at No. 14 overall in mock drafts.

This fit is becoming one of the most popular Round 1 predictions in mock draft circles. It makes all the sense in the world: With Jarvis Landry a great slot option and Kenny Stills taking the top off of defenses, Miami only needs to find a true No. 1 WR to instantly have one of the league's most promising units. Dane Brugler and Frank Cooney both see Parker as that guy, ESPN's Mel Kiper has said Parker fits the team better than any other prospect, and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald recently reported that the Dolphins will consider Parker and Breshad Perriman at No. 14. Of course, smoke screens are common this time of the year. Rob Rang mocks the team Dorial Green-Beckham of Oklahoma.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 04:42:00 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl compares Louisville WR DeVante Parker to A.J. Green.

"Green was a more polished route-runner and a tad bit quicker transitioning out of breaks coming out of Georgia," Weidl wrote. "However, both have long, slender and flexible frames with excellent range tracking throws, and also have the body control and leaping ability to win in contested situations." Meanwhile, based on numbers, Sharon Katz of the Stats & Information Group compares Parker to Michael Floyd, A.J. Green and Martavis Bryant. "Parker is tall (slightly under 6-3) and lean (209 pounds) with long arms and average hands; his build is most similar to Bryant's, but his athleticism most closely resembles that of Floyd and Green," she wrote. "He has good straight-line speed (4.45 40), which is within 0.05 seconds of all three players listed above, and above-average leaping ability for his size."
Sun, Apr 5, 2015 08:36:00 PM