When the Miami Dolphins lost Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson this offseason, it was clear that the wide receiver position would have to be made a priority. A trade that brought in Kenny Stills and the free agency signing of Greg Jennings left Miami with a talented group of receivers, but they lacked a true number one. The Dolphins addressed this issue by selecting 6’3” DeVante Parker out of Louisville with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Parker oozes natural ability and athleticism. His long frame, which he will work on strengthening this offseason, gives him an unfair advantage against most of the cornerbacks he faced while playing for the Cardinals. Although his route running could use some refining, Parker makes up for it by simply out-dueling defensive backs for the football.
The Dolphins have found themselves a prototypical number one receiver in Parker. He can certainly improve on his route-running, separation, and strength, but these are things that can be taught and developed as he carves his role in the Miami offense. You can expect to see an abundance of highlight-reel plays from this young star for years to come.
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This film analysis was completed by Efrain Ramos. Follow him on Twitter: @EfrainRamos