Draft Profile: Devante Parker (WR)
Examining the Outstanding Louisville Pass Catcher
Prior to the Kenny Stills trade, and the potential addition of an experienced veteran, Miami looked to have regressed at wide receiver. After cutting Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, as well as trading Mike Wallace and losing Charles Clay to Buffalo, Ryan Tannehill is left with only three receiving options he has any level of familiarity with: Rishard Matthews, Jarvis Landry, and Dion Sims. Despite the lack of history between Tannehill and his new options, the Dolphins will look to balance out a lack of familiarly with an abundance of talent. The Dolphins are in a perfect position to acquire another wide receiver in this draft. The class of pass catchers has unprecedented depth. This article will examine one of Miami’s top targets in the draft: Devante Parker.
40-Yard Dash: 4.45 sec
Vertical Jump: 36.5”
Broad Jump: 10’5”
Led Team in Touchdowns 2011-2013 with 28 in That Stretch
Career High Receiving Yards VS. FSU in 2014: 214
Tied for All-Time Lousiville Receiving TD Record: 33
2014 Second Team All-ACC
Devante Parker developed into an outstanding collegiate receiver while at Louisville, obviously benefitting greatly due to the play of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Devante parker is an incredibly fluid athlete. If you had to pick the ideal body type for an NFL wide receiver, it’s Parker’s (until the NFL discovers a Yugoslavian YouTube sensation who is 7’1 and runs a 40-yard dash in 4.2 seconds). The Miami Dolphins have been searching for a large wide receiver for years, and Parker would fit the bill. He has elite box-out ability, and uses his size and speed to separate, or come down with contested passes.
It is hard to find too many flaws in Parker’s play. He has proven himself for years in college, displaying elite athleticism and technical skill. If you want to see a good example of Parker’s college tape, turn back the clock to 2013 and watch his tape when playing with Bridgewater. The chemistry between the two is similar to NFL quarterback-receiver tandems. Parker does have a tendency to appear that he is not fully sprinting out of his break, and might benefit from a greater variety of routes. This will change as he is assigned an NFL level route-tree, which will give him more diversity in patterns. Overall, it is hard to find too many errors to discuss with Parker. He suffered this past season due to erratic quarterback play. This hurt his film quality significantly when compared to the previous year of film with Teddy Bridgewater. Parker also spent much of 2014 injured, only appearing in three of Louisville’s conference games. This could be attributed to his slight frame, an issue that can be resolved with the help of professional strength and conditioning coaches. Parker will most likely attempt to add muscle when he reaches the NFL in order to strengthen his body for the 16 game seasons.
The Dolphins are not guaranteed a shot at Parker, as he could be gone before the 14th pick. However, it is entirely possible that he is still on the board when the team hands in their draft
card. If he is available, expect Miami to take a long look at the ex-Louisville pass catcher. Parker brings elite size and skill to the receiver position. His fluidity and speed are very impressive when considering his size. Parker will be even more dynamic with NFL coaching and an increasingly versatile set of routes. Overall, if Miami is in a position to land Parker, it makes all of the sense in the world to do so, and to put as many elite options in their offense as humanly possible (and honestly at this point, most would be fine with asking nonhuman species for help). The Dolphins would be ecstatic if they could get Devante Parker with the 14th pick, and would be adding a pass catcher who could develop into a lethal threat opposite Jarvis Landry for a very long time.