2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: DeVante Parker

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Nov 29, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver DeVante Parker (9) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second half at Papa John

Bottom Line 

Parker is a receiver that’s worthy of a top 15 selection because he catches the ball better than anyone in the draft. He may not be known for his blazing speed but neither is Cooper, who’s rated in the Top-5, and Parker has much better hands. But if you want the referee to say, “First down!” after a 3rd-and-8, he’s your guys as he reminds me of Michael Irvin with the subtle push-off.

Stephens’ bottom line is, “Parker has first-round talent, and will certainly be a consideration there with another season like the last two.”

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Zlerlein’s bottom line is, “Parker won’t win the NFL Scouting Combine, but he will win when the ball is in the air. With his height and an exceptional wingspan (80 inches), he consistently catches everything in his vicinity. Parker isn’t going to overpower cornerbacks and he will have more contested catches than most explosive wideouts. Parker has consistently posted eye-popping yards-per-catch numbers during his time at Louisville. Parker needs time to get into his routes and his talents would be on full display in a West Coast passing attack.”

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