The Dolphins took a wide out in round one to help an offense that lost Mike Wallace this past offseason, as they took Louisville senior receiver DeVante Parker.
He’s a big talent for the franchise, and here’s a scouting report on Parker.
Among most NFL Draft experts, there’s little doubt that Alabama’s Amari Cooper is the top wide receiver prospect in this year’s projected draft class. There’s significantly more debate over who the next-best option is, and many believe that that player is Louisville senior receiver DeVante Parker.
Parker, who was Teddy Bridgewater’s top target in 2012 and 2013, has continued to be productive this season after deciding not to enter the NFL Draft as a junior. Despite playing in just five games in 2014 after returning from an injury, he was still the Cardinals’ top receiver this year, doing it with three different quarterbacks.
While Parker doesn’t quite have the big-play ability that Cooper possesses, he’s exceptionally athletic, combining great size, quickness, and route-running skills. He’s big and powerful enough that he can be a valuable red zone target, and he figures to be a legitimate touchdown threat week after week in the NFL.
There might be continued worry about the injury that caused Parker to miss more than half of his senior season, but beyond that, there’s little that’s up for debate in terms of his skill. Parker figures to be at least a mid-first-rounder who could move up the board if there’s an increased need at the position among the teams selecting early.