With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: DeVante Parker
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 208 Pounds
College: University of Louisville
2015 Stats: (6 Games) 43 Receptions, 855 Yards, 5 Touchdowns (19.9 Yards Per Reception)
After the jump you will get a breakdown of DeVante Parker’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Parker.
Pros: Parker has great length and athleticism and extremely soft hands. He is a great leaper and does a tremendous job locating the ball at its high point. He has great body control and runs crisp routes with good timing. He is very shift and has breakaway speed when he hits his second gear. Can run a full route tree and is a threat in the redzone
Cons: He doesn’t have great initial burst or explosiveness and struggles at time to beat press coverage because of this. He is not a particularly physical or adept blocker when it comes to the running game. Not a threat in the screen game.
Our Take: Parker is a very good wide receiver prospect who has multiple years of elite production. He has great hands and runs good, crisp routes. He uses his body well and locates the ball at its highest point. He is going to be at worst a very solid possession receiver who could be used to consistently move the chains. However, he might never be a big time, elite number one receiver. Despite that, I still believe he is worthy of a first round pick.
Final Grade: 92 Out of 100
Parker grades out as a mid to late first round prospect due to his low bust potential and ability to come in and contribute right away. He will be a consistent player in the NFL who at worst should be a solid number two wideout. If he can add some strength and work on his hand usage a little, he could become a dependable number one wide receiver.
Possible Draft Spots: There are plenty of teams in the first round who need a wide receiver outside of the top twelve. Some of those teams are the 49ers at 15, Chiefs at 18, Browns at 19, Colts at 29, and Patriots at 32. I see one of those teams taking a shot at Parker or their is always the possibility of a team trading up for him back into the first round depending on how their draft boards play out.
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