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DeVante Parker – WR, Miami Dolphins
This guy has been popping up on so many 2016 Sleeper lists it’s getting harder to consider him one. That being said, most casual NFL fans haven’t been properly introduced to Parker and the player scouts raved about coming out of college. Even though Parker was hobbled by a foot injury and missed over half of his senior season at Louisville, his ability to stretch the field gave Miami the confidence to make him their first round pick in 2015. Taken 14th overall by the Dolphins, Parker was viewed as the potential big play threat to complement Jarvis Landry’s more possession receiver style.
However, before his rookie campaign even began last year Parker had foot surgery that kept him out of most of camp. Hobbled by the injury Parker struggled to get going in 2016. Through Week 11 he had only amassed 4 catches for 49 yards and no touchdowns. Just when his rookie season was beginning to look like a complete waste of a season, things began to turn around for the former Cardinal. With the Dolphins season over and injuries impacting other receivers, Parker was given his chance to shine.
Over the final 6 games of the season, Parker caught 22 balls for 445 yards to go along with 3 touchdown snags. Finally showing off that homerun threat ability to the tune of over 20 yards per catch, Parker and Tannehill built a strong report that should carry into this season.
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Listed at 6’3”, 212 pounds (but with a 4.45 40 speed at the NFL Combine) Parker possess the body and speed to become one of football’s best deep ball threats for years to come. With Jarvis Landry drawing defenders to his short and intermediate routes, expect Parker running free over the top throughout the 2016-2017 season.
Parker stands to also benefit from the addition of new head coach Adam Gase. A known quarterback whisperer who worked as Peyton Manning’s OC in Denver for two years prior to somehow guiding Jay Cutler to one of his best seasons in Chicago last year, it’s not crazy to believe an improvement is in store for Tannehill and the entire passing attack.
When it comes time to take your WR3, you can’t do much better than a guy who can rack up the yards like Parker. Take him higher than he’s projected and laugh your way to the playoffs.