2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: DeVante Parker

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Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver DeVante Parker (9) catches a pass in the end zone while being defended by Cincinnati Bearcats defensive back Howard Wilder (3) during the fourth quarter at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Another Scout’s Take

Strengths: NFL.com’s Lance Zlerlein said of his strengths, “Consistently plays with outstanding body control. Soft hands and elite concentration are his calling cards. Credited with just three drops since 2012. Comfortable with a man on his hip. Maintains focus on downfield throws despite hand fighting and bumps. Daunting catch radius. Produces explosive plays without top-end speed.

“Works his way back to the ball and gets open during scrambles. Consistently high-points his catches and is a snatch-and-secure receiver. Recognizes when to adjust depth of routes over the middle. Has an innate feel for the position. Proved he could come back from injury and regain his form. Maximizes his catch window through body control, extended hands and positioning.”

Weaknesses: He then said of his weaknesses, “Linear and lacking ideal play strength. Has to prove he can beat a more physical brand of press coverage. Very average suddenness out of breaks. Routes are inconsistent and sometimes lack sharpness.

“Noticeably slower after returning from a broken bone in his foot in 2014. Lacks top-end speed. Quick-twitch corners could be his kryptonite. He was not put on this earth to run block.”

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