Louisville star receiver DeVante Parker returned in a major way last Saturday in Louisville’s 30-18 win over NC State. In his first game back since suffering a foot injury in August, Parker tied a career high with 9 receptions and 132 yards.
Prior to the injury, Parker was tabbed as one of the top NFL draft prospects at the receiver position. Although he was expected to fully recover, the Louisville native slightly dropped on the mock draft boards. Before returning, Parker wasn’t in Mel Kiper of ESPN’s top 25 prospects. This week he’s up to No. 19 on Kiper’s “Big Board.”
19. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville Cardinals
Has great length, long arms, good hops, and a strong, chiseled, lean frame that will remind some of A.J. Green, and it all adds up to a guy with a huge catch radius. He’ll make plays down the field, and he’s good with the ball in his hands. He has played in really only one game so far this season due to a broken foot he suffered in August, but appears no worse for wear.
Kiper listes Parker as the third best receiver in the draft, behind Amari Cooper of Alabama and Jaelen Strong of Arizona State.