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Augustus Parrish (OT)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 303
College: Kent St.
Conference: Mid-American
Hometown: Temple Hills, MD
High School: Potomac
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Overview

A three-year starter at the left offensive tackle, Parrish was considered one of the best offensive linemen in the Mid-American Conference. With his tremendous athletic ability, the coaching staff believes he has unlimited potential.


Parrish's older brother, Justin, was an All-American linebacker at KSU, holding the school season-record by registering 14 quarterback sacks in 2004. Justin's 25 total sacks (2002-05) also established a school career-record. His 20.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2005 set another KSU annual record.


At Potomac High School, Parrish was a consensus first-team All-State selection as a senior, leading his team to the state championship. He also earned first-team All-County, All-League and All-Metro honors that season, as he made 89 tackles, including 22 for loss, and registered 10 quarterback sacks as a defensive lineman.


Parrish was named to all-star teams by the Washington Post and the County Gazette and Journal. The Wolverines were state runners-up his junior year, when he was named second-team All-County and honorable mention All-Metro, posting 76 tackles with six sacks.


In 2005, Parrish enrolled at Kent State, joining his brother on the Golden Flashes varsity. He appeared in six games, earning his first career start vs. Northern Illinois at right offensive tackle. He took over at left tackle as a sophomore, delivering 62 knockdown blocks for a unit that ranked 39th in the country in rushing, averaging 158.42 yards per game.


Parrish was named the team's Outstanding Offensive Lineman and was selected to the All-Mid American Conference second-team as a junior. He started all twelve contests at left tackle, coming up with 71 knockdowns that included eleven touchdown-resulting blocks to pave the way for an offense that generated 366.67 yards per game.


For the second year in a row, Parrish was named All-MAC second-team, as the squad captain again received team Outstanding Offensive Lineman accolades. With his drive blocking skills, the Golden Flashes finished eleventh in the nation while leading the league with an average of 230.58 yards per game on the ground. He collected 80 knockdowns and ranked second in the conference with 13 touchdown-resulting blocks.


High School

Attended Potomac (Temple Hills, Md.) High School, playing football for head coach Eric Knight...Consensus first-team All-State selection as a senior, leading his team to the state championship...Earned first-team All-County, All-League and All-Metro honors that season, as he made 89 tackles, including 22 for loss, and registered 10 quarterback sacks as a defensive lineman...Named to all-star teams by the Washington Post and the County Gazette and Journal...The Wolverines were state runners-up his junior year, when he was named second-team All-County and honorable mention All-Metro, posting 76 tackles with six sacks.


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Analysis

Positives: Uses his long arms well to hold off his man. Very good mobility to the second level, blocking down on tackles. Can get out in front and pass-block for a moving the pocket. Good cut blocker to keep ends from knocking down quick screens, and will keep working the legs after he hits the ground. Works hard downfield to sustain blocks. Plays with a bit of a mean streak. Can punch smaller ends and keep his hands active in pass protection.


Negatives: Only adequate height for a left tackle, and a bit large in the middle. May move inside to left guard in the pros. Struggles with speed on the edge at times and is inconsistent with his lateral movement, so quicker ends can beat him wide. Will miss his target in space. Stands up a bit coming out of his stance, needs better knee bend. Can get blown up by blitzing linebackers when on the move because he runs too upright and lets them get into his chest.


Compares To: RASHAD BUTLER, Houston -- Teams seem to be impressed with Parrish's long reach and athletic ability, but he really had just an average career at Kent State. He was second-team All-MAC, but outside of nonconference opponents and Northern Illinois' Larry English, he never faced top-level competition. He struggles vs. edge rushers and has a light frame with a big gut, struggles changing direction and will be overmatched against premier edge rushers. Like Butler, Parrish will need to learn to play another position. If he lines up as a 295-pound rookie left tackle, it will only be for a desperate team.


Injury Report

No major injuries reported.


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