Dolphins among 12 clubs to host DeVante Parker

If DeVante Parker thought a break in his pre-draft schedule was coming after Louisville's pro day on March 11, the wide receiver knows differently now.



The Miami Dolphins are among a dozen NFL clubs that have scheduled Parker for a pre-draft visit, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt. The former Cardinals star will barely have time to unpack his bags, and it's no wonder.

The Dolphins lost two wide receivers in free agency (Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson), and traded Mike Wallace to the Minnesota Vikings to open a significant pre-draft hole in its receiving corps. The trio accounted for 135 of quarterback Ryan Tannehill's 392 completions. As such, the club could immediately benefit from a polished and explosive receiver like Parker.

Miami's passing offense ranked No. 17 in the NFL last year at 233 yards per game, and it holds the No. 19 pick of the draft.

While the consensus among NFL Media analysts is that Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White will be the first two wide receivers taken in one order or the other, Parker is himself the consensus choice to be the third wide receiver drafted.

A wide range of teams could have a chance to add Parker with a first-round pick, depending upon how quickly White and Cooper are snapped up. So it's of little surprise that plenty of teams want a close look at the senior who averaged 142 yards per game in an injury-shortened season last year.

In a draft deep with receivers, however, Miami could get a high-value talent at the position even if Parker is gone at No. 19.

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