[Editor’s note: This is another installment in a series we will be running at Vikings Territory providing scouting reports for players the Vikings could potentially target in the 2015 Draft. All scouting reports are provided in partnership with Luke Inman and eDraft.com. You can find all of our previous scouting reports here. Continue reading below to learn more about DeVante Parker, Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite receiver at Louisville.]

DeVante Parker

Wide Receiver / Louisville

43 receptions, 855 yards and 5 touchdowns in just 6 games in 2014

Measurables

Height: 6′ 3″

Weight: 209 lbs.

Hand Size: 9-1/4″

Arm Length: 33-1/4″

40 Yard Dash: 4.45 seconds

Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches

Bench Press: 17 reps

Broad Jump: 125 inches

3 Cone Drill: N/A

20 Yard Shuttle: N/A

60 Yard Shuttle: N/A

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Player Analysis

Pros:

  • A long, lanky (80” wing span) frame giving him an incredible catch radius
  • Great at high pointing and attacking the ball when it’s in the air
  • Solid body control using his frame to shield defenders away from his ball
  • Tremendous concentration on throws down field, despite consistent double coverage
  • Shifty and quick in open space and does not get enough credit for ability to make defenders miss
  • While appearing lanky and slender, Parker displays sneaky strength and the ability to bounce off would-be tacklers
  • Can pluck the ball out of the air with strong hands and long arms
  • Combination of ball skills, wingspan and leaping ability make him indefensible at times
  • Great long speed that surprises the secondary because of his long-stride style of running
  • Above average route running that gets him out of his breaks smoothly

Cons:

  • Slender, lanky frame brings cause for durability concerns – especially after missing the first seven games of 2014 season with an injury
  • Gets pushed around off the line of scrimmage in press situations due to weak overall strength
  • Doesn’t create good separation in and out of his cuts due to lack of explosion in lower body
  • Gets away on pure physicality and talent but needs to understand the game in more depth, especially at the next level
  • An average run blocker on his best day

NFL Player Comparison:

A.J. Green / Randy Moss ‘Lite’

College Scheme / Projected Scheme:

Louisville (Pro Style) / Vertical Passing Scheme

Fit with the Vikings:

I completely understand when I hear Vikings fans express their interest and desire in wide-out Amari Cooper. After all, anytime you can add a premier talent like Cooper, it behooves the team, in both the short and long term plans, to add a blue chip talent. However, as my latest Cooper scouting report broke down, my qualm with adding Cooper to the Vikings is his strengths point to him being, at his best, a number two receiver or in the slot. Remind you of anyone? Amari Cooper and Greg Jennings provide a similar role to one another and don’t complement each other in this offense. Meanwhile, Parker offers the exact opposite attributes, acting as a deep, down-field threat that is a mismatch anytime he is lined up one-on-one with a defender. Trust me when I say, Parker is a nightmare to defend in one-on-one situations.

On top of his deep speed, Parker is red zone threat and jump-ball demon that provides a perfect balance and complement to the Vikings offense. Parker would allow Jennings to get cozy in his most natural position — inside at the slot. Adding Parker to the group would help complete the Vikings’ receiving corp puzzle that has been just one piece away for some time.

Maybe more importantly, Parker would be a vital piece to Norv Turner‘s vertical offense, one that has been vacant since Turner showed up to Winter Park. The addition of Parker would also open up underneath routes for the Vikings’ other play-makers. Parker is a player that can push the safeties back, forcing them to stay honest.

Etch this one in stone because here is my hot take:

As good as Cooper and White could be, my personal opinion is that DeVante Parker is THE GUY you want on the Vikings offense.

And not just because he will give the team an offensive piece that has been missing since Randy Moss left, but because he complements the Vikings’ offense incredibly well.

Need a final nudge out of the proverbial purple window? Parker played and did most of his damage with Teddy Bridgewater as his quarterback for the Louisville Cardinals. The “chemistry” with Bridgewater and learning curve for Parker could be as easy as plugging him into the lineup early and often, letting these former teammates reminisce about their college days in the huddle.

Draft Grade:

Top-12 (#4 Overall Ceiling)

Parker has solidified himself as one of the top three receivers in this draft but is still clearly behind his two peers, Kevin White and Amari Cooper, in the minds of a majority of draft analysts.

A lot can (and will) happen between now and the draft. And I promise you, once the ebb and flow of the process gets in full motion, Parker will be talked about and rotated in as the top wide receiver in this class. It wouldn’t surprise to eventually hear Parker’s name in the same sentence as the Oakland Raiders at pick number four. Behind the Raiders sits Chicago, a team now in need of a receiver opposite Alshon Jeffery with the recent departure of Brandon Marshall. The most realistic scenario for Parker on draft day would be slipping to the Rams, Vikings or Browns.

Check out the below Draft Profile Breakdown of DeVante Parker courtesy of eDraft.com.

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