Last month at his pro day, Parker told reporters he had meetings with four teams – the Vikings, Chargers, Dolphins and 49ers. It’s no coincidence that all four of them are in the middle third of the first round – the Vikings at No. 11, Miami at No. 14, San Francisco at No. 15 and San Diego at No. 17. But, it would appear as though the Vikings have a particular interest in Parker that goes beyond their visit with him in March.
The connection to the Vikings is pretty obvious. Last year, the Vikings used the 32nd pick of the draft on Teddy Bridgewater, who was Parker’s quarterback at Louisville. It would seem natural that if the Vikings are looking for a new wide receiver, getting one their budding franchise quarterback already has a rapport and familiarity with would be a glove fit.
So, it came as no surprise to learn that Parker was at Winter Park Wednesday meeting with Vikings officials.
The Vikings struggled at wide receiver last year and this offseason replaced veteran Greg Jennings with speedy Mike Wallace of the Dolphins. Other than that, the situation has remained the same. Charles Johnson is an intriguing prospect. Cordarrelle Patterson is a talented athlete who has seen the shine come off of him as a future star prospect. Jarius Wright is a part-time receiver who makes plays, but isn’t a dynamic go-to target and he is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
While the Vikings have cooled on their enthusiasm with Patterson, the “Big Three” wide receivers in the 2015 draft – Alabama’s Amari Cooper, West Virginia’s Kevin White and Parker – are viewed as three of the top players that will come into the draft with the “can’t miss” tag applied to them. Given the success of the Class of 2014 rookie wide receivers, it’s a buyer’s market when it comes to drafting the players who can make a franchise quarterback look good.
Parker is one of those players and he has clearly got the organizational attention of the Vikings.
The Vikings have several options when it comes to who they’re going to pick in the first round. There is no guarantee that Parker will be on the board when the Vikings make their first selection of the draft. However, if he is there, it would seem the Vikings have more than a passing interest in him.
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