David Parry was shocked when the phone rang to reveal his NFL future Saturday afternoon.
The Indianapolis Colts selected the Stanford nose tackle with the 15th pick in the fifth round, 151st overall, in the NFL draft. The Colts traded up 14 spots to make the pick, giving up their late-round fifth round selection (165th) and a seventh-round choice (244th overall).
Parry, 6-2 and 300, is reunited with Cardinal teammate Henry Anderson, a defensive end selected late in the third round on Friday. He’ll also see familiar Stanford faces in quarterback Andrew Luck, tight end Coby Fleener and wide receiver Griff Whalen.
“I sent a text to Henry pretty much right after I got drafted by the Colts and we’re both pretty juiced to be back together,” said Parry, who lined up next to Anderson at Stanford. “I haven’t talked to Andrew (Luck), Griff (Whalen) or Coby (Fleener) in a little bit, but I’m sure it’s going to be good to see all of those guys.”
What’s up with the Colts taking all these Stanford guys?
“I like it,” Parry said.Player profile
He was unsure how his situation was going to play out. The longer the process extends, the more the wind wonders if the name will ever be called.
“I was a little nervous,” Parry said on a conference call. “Coming into it, I heard I could go as high as the third round, but just as easy go undrafted. I was on the edge of my seat pretty much all of today. Getting that call was a good feeling.”
It’s uncertain how Parry fits into the Colts’ mix on the defensive line. Josh Chapman and Montori Hughes are nose tackles, although Hughes can play defensive tackle. Zach Kerr also plays defensive tackle and nose tackle in the 3-4 scheme.
Parry was a walk-on at Stanford, where he made 34 tackles including 7.5 for losses and 4.5 sacks as a fifth-year senior.
He’s been described as having a mean streak.
“I’d say that’s pretty accurate,” he said. “My dad and my brother taught me to play this game a certain way growing up. I continue to try to play the game with a hostile attitude. There is a certain level of violence that needs to be used playing this game and that’s what I try to do.”
The Colts need to be more nasty up front. They were run over in back-to-back playoff losses at New England the past two postseasons.
Parry didn’t realize the Colts traded up to get him. Family and friends advised him of the move after he received a call from head coach Chuck Pagano. He took the Colts’ move as a compliment.
“It was a shock at first,” Parry said. “It was kind of surreal talking to coach Pagano. My family, once they heard a few hint words like, ‘thank you’ and ‘can’t wait to start,’ they started going crazy. It was a memorable moment and I’m never going to forget this.”
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