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Despite losing his quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Parker passed on the NFL after the 2013 season and returned to Louisville for his senior year, although it didn't go quite as expected, missing the first seven games after foot surgery.
However, when he did return, he was dominant in the final six games, averaging seven catches and almost 150 receiving yards per game. Parker will have some easy drops and needs to iron out some wrinkles in his game, but he is long-striding athlete with better catch-and-go creativity and toughness than expected, using his wingspan and natural length to play above the rim. His size/athletic dimensions are first round quality with a large catching radius to be a playmaker at every level of the field - not quite on the same level as A.J. Green as a NFL prospect, but a notch below.
Parker was a Louisville fan growing up and committed to his hometown team as a junior in high school. He started six games as a true freshman in 2011 and led the team in receiving scores (6) and yards per catch average (16.2). Parker was again a part-time wideout as a sophomore (three starts), but led the Cardinals with 744 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.
He set career-highs as a junior in 2013 with a team-best 55 catches for 885 yards and tied a school-record with 12 touchdown grabs, earning First Team All-AAC honors. Parker missed the first seven games of his senior season due to a foot injury, but still managed 43 catches for 855 yards and five scores in just four starts, earning Second Team All-ACC honors.
STRENGTHS: Excellent height/length body type with the frame to get stronger. Long-striding speed with natural lower body explosion to get vertical in a hurry. Shows multiple gears in his routes to set up defenders.
Quick-starter with the initial movements off the line of scrimmage to gain free release and stack corners, using field leverage to give him room to work down the sideline. Disguises routes well with a strong plant foot, selling his patterns with crisp footwork. Shows some shake in the open field with quick cuts to deceive after the catch and the vision to collect YAC.
Tracks the football and extends well to attack with a large wingspan and natural body control - usually reliable ballskills. Above average vertical with the leaping ability to hang in the air. Deceiving body strength and not a push-over, running tough and not allowing coverage defenders to slow him down in his routes. Tougher than he looks and not an easy ballcarrier to finish off. Confident competitor and won't shrink in crunch time. Frequent visitor to the end zone with a touchdown every 4.7 catches for the Cardinals.
Consistently productive in college and leaves Louisville ranked top-five in several categories, including career receiving yards (2,775) and career receiving touchdowns (33).
WEAKNESSES: Leaner-than-ideal frame and needs to add muscle and bulk. Good speed for the position, but can be caught from behind. Usually reliable hands and focus, but will allow the ball into his body at times and tends to have concentration lapses. Better with the ball away from his body where he can extend and attack.
Room to improve his footwork off the line to beat press and get into his routes. Needs to improve his coverage reads to better manipulate defenders instead of using the same moves each play. Will get himself in trouble extending his arms away from his body to push off - won't get away with that in the NFL. Willing blocker, but has room to improve in this area.
Durability concerns due to his lean frame and college injuries, including a left foot injury (Aug. 2014) that required surgery and sidelined him for the first seven games of his senior season, also missed one game as a junior due to a right shoulder injury (Oct. 2013).
COMPARES TO: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals - Although he's not quite on the same level as Green, Parker is just a notch below with a similar athletic skill-set with the height and length to tower over defenders.
Despite playing only three conference games and just five games on the season, Parker was second on the team with 35 receptions for 735 yards and five touchdowns. He registered four 100-yard games, including a career-high 214 yards in a loss to No. 2 Florida State. Parker tied the school record for career receiving touchdowns with 33 when he tallied three in the 44-40 win over Kentucky.
Has played and started in 12 games overall... ended the year with 55 receptions for 885 yards and tied a school record with 12 touchdowns... his 12 touchdowns were tied for 10th nationally and led the AAC... led team and was seventh in the AAC with 885 yards receiving... recorded three 100-yard receiving games... tied a career-high with nine receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown in the Russell Bowl win over Miami... had career-best nine catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns in road win over No. 23 Cincinnati... finished with five catches for 71 yards and a score at UConn... had two scoring catches and six catches overall for 74 yards against FIU... season-high 134 yards receiving on five receptions and a pair of touchdowns against EKU.
Played in all 13 games... Led the team with 744 yards receiving and 10 touchdown receptions... His 10 touchdown receptions were the most by a player in a season since 1998... Had a touchdown in six straight games to end the season... Had two games with two receiving touchdowns... Finished the season with two 100 yard receiving games... Hauled in a 75-yd touchdown reception to start second half of Pittsburgh game.
Appeared in 11 games... Led the team with six touchdown receptions... Finished sixth on the team with 18 receptions and fourth with 291 receiving yards... Had two receiving touchdowns at USF... Made a highlight-real 39-yd touchdown reception in season-opening win versus Murray State.
Played for Mike Jackson at Ballard High School... Rated as the No. 26 wide receiver by Scout.com... Two-time all-state performer... Caught 68 passes for 1,793 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior... Fifth in state history at time of graduation with 3,274 yards receiving.
Son of Raneca Parker and former Louisville running back Anthony Shelman... Born 1/20/93... Education major.
Draft Scout Player News
05/07/15 - WR DeVante Parker, selected by the Dolphins in the first round of the draft (14th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with a fifth-year option Thursday (May 7). Parker was Miami's first-round selection (14th overall) in the 2015 NFL draft out of Louisville. He played in 42 career games with 18 starts while with the Cardinals and recorded 156 receptions for 2,775 yards (17.8 avg.) and 33 touchdowns. His 33 touchdowns tied a school record and he earned second-team All-ACC honors as a senior in 2014 despite playing in only six games. That season, he tallied 43 receptions for 855 yards (19.9 avg.) and five touchdowns. Born January 20, 1993, Parker attended Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky.
05/05/15 - Dolphins WR Parker should be their needed playmaker...Parker will mix with the Dolphins' wide receivers crew of Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings, and tight end Jordan Cameron, to give quarterback Ryan Tannehill better options than he had last season at that position. At least that's what the Dolphins hope. The Dolphins, it seems, have been gathering wide receivers and tight ends who accentuate the things Tannehill does best - short to intermediate routes. As for common traits they seem to be guys who can go up and get the ball, especially Jennings, Landry and Parker. There are no deep threats, although Stills certainly has speed. These Miami wide receivers are a collection of hard-nosed grinders who have strong hands and the ability to get yards after the catch. "I think we've got a really good receiving corps," Parker said in his early assessment of his teammates. "Just throw the ball to any one of us and we'll do something with it." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Dolphins WR Parker should be their needed playmaker...The Miami Dolphins selected DeVante Parker, the big-bodied wide receiver from Louisville, with the 14th pick of the first round and took care of one of their biggest needs. The Dolphins also think they got something else they badly need. "He was by far the best playmaker available to us," general manager Dennis Hickey said. This seems to be a good pick for the Dolphins, who jettisoned most of their top wide receivers - Mike Wallace (traded), Brian Hartline (released), and Brandon Gibson (released) -- during the offseason. Parker, who missed his first seven games last season due to a foot injury, had 43 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. He had 55 receptions for 855 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior while catching passes from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is now with the Minnesota Vikings.
Parker, who said Tennessee and Minnesota also showed interest in him, seems a good fit for the Dolphins. He can go up and get the ball. He has a big body. He plays a physical style. And, he's regarded as a top red-zone threat. "I think it's my ability to find the football and to always come down with it," Parker said about why he's so effective in the red zone. It's something that comes natural to me." Even with all those gifts, Parker thinks yards after catch is the best aspect of his game. "I believe I can get up field, north and south," he said. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - Miami took wide receiver DeVante Parker in the first round, satisfying its desire for a big-bodied player who can go up and get the ball. Parker will join a wide-receiver crew than includes veteran Greg Jennings and youngsters Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills. The Dolphins also feature tight end Jordan Cameron among their pass-catching players. Perhaps the best thing about Parker is he can go up and get the ball with aggression. But he thinks his real value comes in his ability to get yards after catch. "That is probably my best attribute that I have," Parker said. "I believe I can get up field, north and south." - The Sports Xchange
05/05/15 - A closer look at the Dolphins' seven picks: Round 1/14 - DeVante Parker, WR, 6-3, 209, Louisville...This pick was the best the Dolphins made all weekend. It might have been a good combination of best player available and fitting a need. He's aggressive, physical and has good hands. He'll definitely help immediately. - The Sports Xchange