Had he not sat out part of last season with a foot injury (a broken metatarsal in his left foot), DeVante Parker would have been in the running for the first wide receiver taken in the 2015 NFL Draft. Instead, he fell to 14th overall, which is exactly what the Miami Dolphins wanted. As a result, the ‘Fins got quarterback Ryan Tannehill his first true number one receiver since being drafted in 2012.
Even though Parker played in just seven games last season, he caught 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns. His total numbers in college? He had 156 receptions for 2,775 yards and 33 touchdowns. What really sticks out to me is the 33 touchdowns. That is something that the Miami Dolphins have struggled to do in the past few seasons: scoring touchdowns when in the red zone. The 6-foot-3, 210 Parker should help with that.
Parker comes into an ideal situation in his first season as a Miami Dolphin. Yes, he will be expected to contribute immediately. However, he is surrounded by an extremely talented and experience grouo of pass catchers, including Greg Jennings, Jordan Cameron, Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry. He won’t see a ton of double-teams because of this supporting cast, and will be able to do his thing in one-on-one coverage. That is a good sign for a young receiver learning a new offense.
Best 2014 College performance
Week14 against Kentucky Wildacts. It was hard to choose just one game for Parker’s best 2014 performance, as he had four games with at least eight receptions. In this trouncing of Kentucky, he caught six passes for 180 yards and an absurd three touchdowns. Performances like this will only result in Miami Dolphins wins.
Worst 2014 College performance
Week 13 against Notre Dame. Parker only caught four balls for 65 yards and a touchdown in this game. That is still very good, and will be more like the stat lines we can expect from him this season as a Dolphin.
Parker’s ceiling in 2015 and beyond depends almost entirely on his health. He missed training camp due to his recovering from a surgery to fix pain in the same foot he injured last year. If he can get and stay healthy, he will become one of the league’s premiere receivers in no time.
2015 Season Prediction: 60 catches, 700 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns.
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