Photo of DeVante Parker
Drafted By: Dolphins
  • Round 1
  • Pick 14
  • Overall 14

Combine Results

6.26 ?
  • 4.45 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 125.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Parker is a big-bodied wide receiver. What I love about this kid is that this year he came back after foot surgery and played in six games, catching 43 passes. He's a special young man." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 209LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands


Parker missed the first seven games of his senior season with a foot injury, then caught 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns in the final six games and was a second-team All-ACC selection in a vote by the coaches. He tied the school record for career touchdown receptions with 33 and had 10 100-yard games in his career. He finished his junior season with 55 receptions for 885 yards and tied a school record with 12 touchdowns, while starting 12 games. Parker played in all 13 games during his sophomore season in 2012 and led the team with 744 yards receiving and 10 touchdown receptions. His 10 touchdown receptions were the most by a Cardinals player in a season since 1998 and he had a touchdown in six straight games to end the season. Was rated the 26th-best WR in the nation by at Ballard high school (Ky.), where he was a two-time all-state performer. His father, Anthony Shelman, played running back at Louisville (1991-1994).



Consistently plays with outstanding body control. Soft hands and elite concentration are his calling cards. Credited with just three drops since 2012. Comfortable with a man on his hip. Maintains focus on downfield throws despite hand fighting and bumps. Daunting catch radius. Produces explosive plays without top-end speed. Works his way back to the ball and gets open during scrambles. Consistently high-points his catches and is a snatch-and-secure receiver. Recognizes when to adjust depth of routes over the middle. Has an innate feel for the position. Proved he could come back from injury and regain his form. Maximizes his catch window through body control, extended hands and positioning.


Linear and lacking ideal play strength. Has to prove he can beat a more physical brand of press coverage. Very average suddenness out of breaks. Routes are inconsistent and sometimes lack sharpness. Noticeably slower after returning from a broken bone in his foot in 2014. Quick-twitch corners could be his kryptonite. He was not put on this earth to run block.

Draft Projection

Round 1

NFL Comparison

Hakeem Nicks

Bottom Line

Parker does his best work when the ball is in the air. He uses his height and wingspan to consistently snatch anything that comes his way. Parker isn't going to overpower cornerbacks and he will have more contested catches than most explosive wideouts. He has consistently posted eye-popping yards-per-catch numbers during his time at Louisville and showed of solid athleticism at the combine. Parker has the potential to be a legitimate lead receiver for a West Coast offense.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.