Storify: DeVante Parker vs. NC State


DeVante Parker can get vertical, but he has to learn to sell the vertical to win the shorter routes. Photo by Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office.

DeVante Parker can get vertical, but he has to learn to sell the vertical to win the shorter routes. Photo by Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office.

How a 9-132-0 game should have been an 11-192-2 output. It’s mostly about releases and stems. 

I was watching yet another game of DeVante Parker earlier this morning and decided to tweet what I saw. What you’ll discover in this Storify post is a scary-good athlete who relies too much on his athleticism (can you blame him?).

I illustrate where Parker will struggle against NFL opponents if he doesn’t address the basics of footwork off the line of scrimmage, using his hands and feet in concert, and disguising his breaks during his stems. All of it is fixable, but worth noting for an exciting player who has a gap to traverse if he wants to be known as more than an exciting college player with occasional highlight moments in the NFL.

Once again, the link.

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4 comments

  1. Good stuff. I will avoid him in fantasy depending where he lands but he imho is not as valued as some smarter wr’s out there. Alas cordoralle Patterson comes to mind.

  2. Why would you avoid him. The talent is there so find out who Davante is before avoiding him. If he has the desire to be an outstanding NFL WR he won’t rely solely on his athleticism.

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