Position: Wide Receiver
Parker is a very smooth, fluid athlete with excellent quickness off the LOS, using sudden, explosive lateral movements to create separation from defenders. He has above average agility, excellent body control, and coordination to be able to contort his body in midair to make the acrobatic catch and has done so numerous times in his career. His change of direction laterally on routes both inside/out and outside/in are excellent for his size. He doesn’t look to be moving as fast as he is due to being so smooth in his movements.
Section Grade: 7.4
Pride / Quit
Parker isn’t afraid to go over the middle and regularly makes catches with the threat of taking shots. He has made several incredibly difficult catches and gets open in critical moments (3rd downs, obvious passing downs). Despite missing 11 games in his 4-year career including the first 7 his SR season, Parker has 30 TD catches in 39 career games. Parker isn’t a very effective blocker due to apparent lack of interest in this facet. Otherwise, he consistently runs out his routes and plays to the whistle.
Section Grade: 6.9
Learn / Retain
Instinct / Reaction
Parker lines up all over the field; out wide and in the slot on both sides. He has a knack for getting behind the defense in tight man coverage due to very long strides and smooth feet. Finds the open spots in zone all over the field. I recorded 4 drops in 9 games I watched so far. The ball doesn’t always settle into his hands perfectly, he can lose focus and juggle the ball on both easy & difficult balls, but nothing overly concerning.
Section Grade: 7
Strength / Explosion
Has a lean frame, long legs and arms (reported 80-inch wingspan), resembles A.J. Green in body-type. Has missed an assortment of games (11) over his 4-year career including 7 his SR yr due to a broken foot that has no lingering effects. Parker is very explosive in short-area quickness and in spurts at the top of routes. Creates separation with elite athleticism and has very good top-end speed. He is capable of dominating smaller defenders with his size/strength/freakishly long arms and has such smooth footwork he can blow by bigger defenders with precise RR and surprisingly nimble feet for a man his size.
Section Grade: 6.9
Has exceptional ability to make the difficult catches but will have the occasional wide-open drop
7.5 Initial Quicks
Quick-twitch athlete with or without the ball in his hands
7.5 Clean Release
Precise footwork off the LOS combined with lethal short-area explosion gives him sometimes untouched releases
7.5 Release vs Jam
Excellent quickness off the LOS in press, can create more than enough separation to get open against most defenders
7 Patterns / Routes
Sophisticated RR due to exceptional fluidity in his movements. Silky footwork
8 Adjust to Ball
Superb body-control, always seems to be in control of himself both on the ground and in the air
He makes defenders miss with sneaky elusiveness, top-notch athleticism, great size, and long-strides
7.5 Deep Threat
Excels on the deep ball with exceptional ball skills and huge catch radius. LONG arms enable him to gain separation and grab balls most WRs would have no chance at
7.5 Hand Eye Coordination
Excellent ability to locate, track, and go get intermediate and deep balls
Needs to show more effort here
6 Return Ability
6.5 Fumble / Errors
Holds onto the ball very well after the catch but will have the occasional head-scratching drop (once every 2 games or so)
Section Grade: 7.1
8 ATH. ABILITY
7 PLAY SPEED
Section Grade: 7.3
Overall Grade: D 7.1
DeVante is a refined, smooth RR with a A.J. Green-like body type. Has extraordinarily long arms that makes his catch radius almost limitless. Does an excellent job of locating the football over his shoulder, tracking it, and making difficult catches in tight coverage. Not afraid to go over the middle in traffic either. Lethal vs press-man coverage not only due to an elusive first-step but extremely explosive cuts in and out of his breaks.
Parker can have lapses in concentration on wide-open balls that result in the occasional drop. Doesn’t put as much effort into blocking as you’d like to see. He doesn’t aggressively snatch the ball out of the air with his hands, sometimes appearing more comfortable using his body.
DeVante lines up all over the field; wide left, right, and in the slot. Parker has missed 11 games in his 4-year career, seven of which in 2014 due to a broken foot. He is a three year starter finishing his career with 156 receptions, 2775 yards, 17.8 YPC, 33 TD. Parker finished his Sr season with 43 receptions, 855 yards, 19.9 YPC, 5 TD. Parker recorded 23 receptions of 15+ yards in 2014. To give some context, Amari Cooper had 39 such catches with 81 more receptions. This stat suggests where I think Parker will excel most in the NFL: the intermediate portions of the field.
DeVante is a big, dynamic WR with sneaky speed and elite athleticism. Has the short-area burst, precise footwork, and elusiveness to get off press consistently and the long, smooth strides to get behind most defenders. His best trait is his catch radius due to freakishly long arms. Has a tall, lean frame reminiscent of A.J. Green. The intermediate game is where Parker will excel the most with his refined RR and knack for getting separation from defenders. Even when defenders are step for step with him, Parker uses his tentacle-like arms to keep them far away enough from his body that he is virtually always open. He tracks the ball extremely well but doesn’t always time his jumps just right. He is able to contort his body in mid-air with elite athletic ability while staying under control to make acrobatic catches. Parker isn’t a very physical, tackle breaking WR despite his size. He tends to let the ball come to him rather than attack it. He dominates people with fluid lateral movements which combined with his size and overall athleticism can make him a pro bowl caliber deep threat and legit No. 1 WR. Parker will battle with Amari Cooper to be the first player at his position taken in 2015.
Value – Top 10
Projection – Top 15
Pro Comp – A.J. Green