Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series in which we will highlight a collection of prospects in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft, beginning April 30.
Louisville, Wide Receiver
Height: 6' 2 5/8"
Weight: 209 pounds
Hands: 9 1/4"
Arms: 33 1/4"
Wing Span: 79 3/4"
Bench Press Reps: 17
Vertical Jump: 36 1/2"
Broad Jump: 10' 5"
Positives: Big-play weapon down the field and in goal situations. Long legs give him great burst in the first five yards off the line, as well as pull-away speed. Makes contested grabs, exhibiting terrific jump-ball skills. Superb awareness tracking the ball over his shoulder. Poised, disciplined hands catcher with good focus and situational cognizance. Graceful yet rapid arm extension reeling in the catch, and with an impressive wingspan. Provides his QB with a massive target. Body control when high-pointing really makes him stand out. Strong runner that can take a hit and doesn’t go down easy.
Negatives: Needs to work on batting cornerbacks’ hands at the line when facing press coverage. Not very sudden coming out of his breaks. Lack of crispness shows up in short-to-intermediate routes. When it comes to using his body, Parker can improve on shielding defenders from the ball, particularly on underneath throws. Not built for run-blocking.
49ers Insider Matt Maiocco's Take: He did not have a hugely productive college career, but he appears to be the consensus No. 3 receiver in this draft. And he could be there at No. 15 for the 49ers.
Raiders Insider Scott Bair's Take: Parker was another combine standout, and could be a solid get if the Raiders trade down a few picks in the first round.
NFL comparison: A.J. Green (Bengals WR)
Stats courtesy NFL media services
Positives/negatives courtesy NFL.com