Brandon Parker

North Carolina A&T
OT

Prospect Info

College
North Carolina A&T
Hometown
Class
Kannapolis, NC
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 8"
305 lbs
35”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.44
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Oakland
Raiders
Round 3 ‧ Pick 1
40 Yard Dash
5.4
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
28.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
113.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.82
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.68
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Parker has a couple of strong influences in his life that give him a chance to make it in the NFL. His father, Curtis, played on the offensive line for North Carolina in the early 1990's, and is now a high school coach. A&T's offensive line coach, Ron Mattes, played in the league for eight years. So far he appears to have the tools and make-up to follow Mattes' path; his length, strength, and agility are NFL-caliber. He was the MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and first-team all-conference in 2015, 2016 and 2017, starting every game in those three seasons at left tackle. The Associated Press voted him second-team Football Championship Subdivision All-American as a junior and first-team All-American as a senior. The team won the Historically-Black Colleges and Universities national championship two of the last three seasons with Parker on the line. Parker also started on the blind side as a true freshman in 2014, earning third-team All-MEAC honors. His sister, Jasmine, played basketball for the Aggies.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Jylan Ware
Overview
Parker's high center of gravity creates some athletic challenges for him, but he possesses the physical traits that teams are willing to draft and coach up. Despite his college experience, Parker is a bit of a project who will need to continue to work on his technique and core strength before he is ready to handle NFL pass rushers. Parker plays a high priority position with a limited talent pool this season and should go earlier than the tape dictates.
Strengths
  • Continues to fill out his frame with additional muscle and has very long arms
  • Kick slides still need work, but there is enough athletic ability there to work with him as a left tackle on the next level
  • Keeps hands tucked and ready in his pass sets
  • Well-timed punches can distract pass rushers from their rush plan
  • Four-year starter who has played with consistency from year-to-year
  • Looks fairly smooth when pulling or moving in space
  • On second level, shows some ability to sink hips and redirect his weight to adjust to a moving target
  • Adequate at getting out of his stance and up to second level blocks
  • Adept at using his length to aid in block recovery
  • Coach's son who first learned offensive line play from his dad
Weaknesses
  • Fails to get the most out of his arm length
  • Has hands cocked and ready, but doesn't always cut them loose in pass pro
  • Needs to improve his punch-timing and punch placement
  • Can improve high center of gravity with better knee bend
  • Will need to widen out his base to improve balance
  • Doesn't keep enough weight on inside foot and gives up an open inside lane to strong inside counters
  • Arms are long but hands are monotone
  • Footwork in his mirroring is uneven
  • Will struggle against rushers with strong, active hands who can swipe his punch and eliminate his length
  • Body control is slightly below average

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GRADE
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