DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
The Texans could sure use a decent QB (as can like 15 other teams) first, but in this draft they absolutely pilfer Parker up front and grab a QB in the second round. They have Mallett. And Savage. And Hoyer.
Hoyer. As in -
"Hoy! Er offense is gonna blow this year."
Let’s focus on the first round, however. (In the second they get Hundley. For sure.)
Parker is legit. Sure, Kevin White had a good Combine and is speedy la di dah, but perhaps only second (arguably) to Alabama’s Amari Cooper, Parker is the top WR prospect in the 2015 class.
The 6’3, 211 pound Louisville dude has been a tractor beam of passes thrown his way since his sophomore season. Over the past three seasons (despite missing the first seven games of 2014 due to a foot injury), Parker averaged 4.3 receptions for 77 yards and .84 TDs a game. He’s also only dropped 3 passes since 2012. 3.
This, as compared to 2014 rookie Bucs stand-out Mike Evans who, although a bit taller and more meaty, averaged 4.5 receptions for 70.1 yards and .8 TDs a game.
Not only that, Parker proved he wasn’t simply a product of the promising Vikes 2nd year man Teddy Bridgewater, having prolifically negotiated a stable of QBs at Louisville since Teddy’s departure and upon his return from injury.
The Texans ended their 11-year stint with Andre Johnson who, to be fair, will be a year removed from being eligible to run for President at kickoff. DeAndre Hopkins, yet another young wide receiver from the recent bright cohort of Clemson receivers which includes Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, would make for an awesome pair with Parker for whomever Bill pegs to call signals for any length of time (Hundley?).
The need for a dynamic, handsy, athletic WR is evident, and Parker fits the bill, Bill.
Of course, there’s no warranty on a WR with a previous foot injury. Some analysts say he’s noticeably lost a step since his return, but given he played 6 games in 2014 in which he averaged 143 yards on over 7 receptions and just about a TD a game, I think this analysis is a tad rich. He also ran a decent 4.45 at the Combine.
Some knocks - He’s quite lean and he’s not really known for his blocking. He could also refine his route- running abilities (though most rookie WRs have to anyways). He's also rumored to prefer 2% milk and to wear his socks 'round the house. His floors are clean but his socks get really very sooty. Not. Good.
Though, all things considered the Texans should consider themselves lucky to land a WR of his abilities.
And, oh yeah, his NFL comp is A.J. Green.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||
QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
|2||Tennessee Titans||DE Leonard Williams - USC||Tee Word||85%|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||DE Dante Fowler - Florida||Khannar||80%|
|4||Oakland Raiders||WR Amari Cooper - Alabama||arcuate||73%|
|5||Washington Redskins||DE Randy Gregory - Nebraska||Lostastic||29%|
|6||NY Jets||OLB Vic Beasley - Clemson||BlackandGold4ever||52%|
|7||Chicago Bears||LB Shane Ray - Missouri||saintmanumit||28%|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||DE Bud Dupree - Kentucky||Dave Choate||46%|
|9||NY Giants||NT Danny Shelton - Washington||GoFastTurnLeftMaybeRight||60%|
|10||St. Louis Rams||OT Andrus Peat - Stanford||Kevin Sean Held||46%|
|11||Minnesota Vikings||WR Kevin White - West Virginia||gulf shores||60%|
|12||Cleveland Browns||QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon||ryan_la_sports07||68%|
|13||New Orleans Saints||CB Trae Waynes - Michigan State||Dave Cariello|
|14||Miami Dolphins||RB Todd Gurley - Georgia||Ralph Malbrough|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||DE Arik Armstead - Oregon||The Irish Assassin|
|16||Houston Texans||WR DeVante Parker||quickdrawdoc|
|17||San Diego Chargers||LeedsSaint|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||jmcmillan_93|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles||Matt Mosley|
|25||Carolina Panthers||Jake White|
|28||Denver Broncos||Ryne Hancock|
|29||Indianapolis Colts||Alex Lyles|
|30||Green Bay Packers||Matt Mosley|
|31||New Orleans Saints||Dave Cariello|
|32||New England Patriots||Whit Prottsman|