DeVante Parker – University of Louisville
Height: 6’3″, Weight: 210
Comp: A.J. Green
Dennis’ Scouting Notes
- He uses his body very well
- Routinely makes the difficult catch
- Very nice after the catch
- Breaks a lot of tackles
- Creates yards on his own
- Fantastic down the field
- Very smooth route runner. He has shown he is QB-proof after going from Teddy Bridgewater to Will Gardner.
DeVante Parker is a very talented wide receiver, but has a few things he needs to improve on at the next level, including cleaning up his release off the line. It can cause him issues getting into his route. In college its a lot easier to get away with a less-than-ideal release, especially with Parker’s skill set and athleticism. At the next level, corner backs will reroute him and throw off timing. He also has a lot of wasted movement both at the going into his breaks and at the line. Parker struggled with separation in bump-and-run coverage on short and intermediate routes. Parker could benefit from adding some muscle at the next level. It could allow him to hold up better over a rigorous NFL season.
Dennis Digs Deeper
I respect DeVante Parker’s decision to stay at Louisville for his senior year. Had he come out last year in that amazing class he wouldn’t have been a first round pick in my opinion. I think the deeper he goes the better he gets, he does have a similar skill set to A.J. Green, but not nearly the complete receiver as Green is. He is a play maker and with a knack for making the spectacular catch. His catch radius allows quarterbacks to throw him open. He will be a quarterback’s best friend at the next level.
Kyle’s Instant Evaluation
DeVante Parker is a special talent that will likely go in the first half of the first round of the NFL draft. He can get lost in the shuffle with wide receivers like Kevin White, Amari Cooper, and Dorial Green-Beckham. He can make special plays, sometimes because he had to. After Teddy Bridgewater left for the NFL, Parker had to catch passes for Will Gardner and Reggie Bonnafon. The future is bright for this prospect. I’m hoping he can reunite with Bridgewater in the NFL. The reunion would be good for both players and the offensive scheme would make a ton of sense for Parker’s skill set.