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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 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

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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

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