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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
02/19/15 - 2015 NFL Combine 5 Things To Know: 3. Parker to the Vikings? For the past few months, I have mocked Louisville WR DeVante Parker to the Vikings 11th overall because not only would it answer one of Minnesota's top needs, but a reunion with former teammate Teddy Bridgewater makes too much sense. Parker agrees. "It would be good, we have a great connection," Parker said on Thursday. During the 2013 season at Louisville, Parker caught 55 passes from Bridgewater and came close to joining him in the 2014 NFL Draft before deciding to return for his senior season.
He missed the first seven games of 2014, but was one of the best receivers in the country in the second half of the season, finishing with 43 receptions, 855 receiving yards and five scores in only six games. Parker mentioned the Vikings, Raiders and Dolphins as three of the teams he has met with so far -- three teams who currently own top-15 selections in the 2015 NFL Draft. When asked what makes him so effective as a receiver, the soft-spoken Parker kept it short and sweet. "I'm blessed with the ability to outrun defenders and catch the ball." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/17/15 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 16/3. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville, 6-3, 209, 4.48, 1...This tall and talented receiver plays with swagger and dares defensive backs to challenge him. In 2013, Parker was quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's primary target and tied a school record with a dozen touchdown catches. After missing six games with a foot injury in 2014, Parker caught 43 passes for 855 yards, a gaudy average of 19.9 yards per grab and 142.5 yards per game. He lit up FSU's supposedly talented secondary with eight catches for 214 yards. Parker's wingspan offers a target 80 inches across with big, soft hands to finish the job. Wait, there's more. Scouts say he is still refining his craft as a route-runner and his tough-minded approach should help jump-start his pro career. Although Parker does not explode off the line, his long-striding style of running makes him deceptively fast at top speed. He is also a load after the catch and doesn't go down easily. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/16/15 - 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: WR DeVante Parker, Louisville...Parker is arguably the most talented receiver in the 2015 draft class, but durability concerns are an issue after several college injuries, including surgery on his left foot that sidelined him for the first seven games of his senior season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/25/14 - Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has announced that senior wide receiver Devante Parker will miss six to eight weeks with a broken left small toe, leaving the Cardinals without their top target for Monday night's season opener against Miami. Parker injured the foot in Friday night's practice and was examined Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina, by orthopedist Bob Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist. Petrino says Parker is scheduled to have surgery on Monday afternoon. Parker's injury deals a big blow to Louisville's offense as it enters the Atlantic Coast Conference against a Hurricanes squad it throttled 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl last December. The Louisville native had nine catches for 142 yards and a touchdown against Miami en route to a team-high 885 yards and 12 TDs. - AP Sports
08/22/14 - Louisville says wide receiver Devante Parker injured his left foot during practice and will be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte, North Carolina, soon. The school announced the injury in a news release and said there is no timetable for Parker's return. Parker was injured during practice at Papa John's Stadium on Friday and evaluated by team physicians. He will visit Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte "in the next couple days for further evaluation and management," the release said. The 6-foot-3 senior passed up a chance to jump to the NFL after his junior season, when he had 55 receptions for 885 yards and a school-record 12 touchdown catches. The Cardinals begin their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Labor Day night when they host Miami. - AP Sports