UDFA Report: Mark Parson

If you could pick out the one weak spot of the Texans defense, most would point to the secondary. The team looked to address the major area of need in the draft this year by picking up Glover Quin and Brice McCain. Wanting to get some extra bodies into camp to add to the competition, the Texans brought in former Ohio corner, Mark Parson.


At 5'10" and 192 lbs., Parson is about the average size for a NFL cornerback. The former Richmond, VA resident ran a 4.4 40-yard dash on field turf, and was one the fastest Ohio Bobcats. In 2007, Parson had 30 tackles, two interceptions, seven defended passes, and a forced fumble. On the average, teams only threw to his side 1.35 times per game.

Scouting Report from Raul Colon of FFtoolbox.com:

He is an unusually strong player who plays bigger than his size indicates. He has good, but not great (4.49) speed. With great instincts for the position, Parson displays an uncanny ability to cover receivers one-on-one. He is able to move his hips fluidly and is very quick -- making him a good open field tackle. Parson is not afraid of contact, but his backpedaling needs more refinement. While not the best athlete, he has good jamming technique. But, his level of competition is a concern; he too often bites on play fakes.

Chances of Making Roster:

If Parson can learn the system and perform well in OTA's and camp, he has an outside shot of making the roster and would be a good contributor on special teams. Parson was carrying a third-round vote of confidence from some draft analysts, but slipped off the charts completely.

Our Guess:

Parson will use the insult of not being drafted as motivation and will make the team as a special teams contributor. Look for him to one day become either a nickel back or possibly even a starting corner in the league.

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