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Sean Parker NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Washington safety Sean Parker raises his arms as he runs off the field after intercepting an Idaho State pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Ian WhartonContributor IMarch 31, 2014

Sean Parker, S, Washington (HT: 5’9.625”; WT: 193 lbs)

 

Positives

  • Above-average distance speed and good acceleration to help chase down receivers or attack the line of scrimmage.
  • He uses every pound of his body to hit ball-carriers very hard, and he normally creates contact near the line of scrimmage.
  • For a hard-hitting safety, he is very efficient as a tackler because of his body control. He hits from good angles and uses his momentum well.
  • Played in a variety of coverages, usually switching between Cover 2 strong safety and being a single high safety. His range while in Cover 2, where he’s able to focus on half of the field, is solid. He also played slot cornerback at times, where he can watch the quarterback's eyes and react quickly downhill.
  • Great special-teams contributor as a gunner. He flies down the field and is an impact hitter. If nothing else, Parker should earn playing time early on special teams.
  • Good lateral agility will help him play slot cornerback, which might be his best position in the NFL. From the slot, he’s able to blitz or cover the flats and lay out receivers on screens or running backs.
  • Forced a lot of turnovers in his career, counting both forced fumbles and interceptions. His ability to end up around the ball is invaluable.
  • Had to overcome a lack of talent on the Huskies defense and compensate for many young players getting significant playing time.
  • Went from being a troubled player to a two-time team captain. His ability to lead on and off the field will only add to his value.

 

Negatives

  • His size limitations are difficult to ignore, and they likely force him into a backup role or possibly into the slot to play cornerback.
  • With his strength and frame, his hard-hitting nature likely won’t be as effective in the NFL. Weighing only 193 pounds, his durability could become an issue quickly if he doesn’t form tackle more often.
  • While in zone coverage, he can get lost wandering in no-man's land. His natural instincts aren’t strong enough to play anything but Cover 2 if he stays at safety.
  • Doesn’t have much value playing man coverage unless he’s lined up against sub-six-foot receivers. He simply cannot match up against tight ends or outside receivers.
  • His play recognition is lacking, as he rarely anticipates play actions and he will start approaching the line of scrimmage instantly. His discipline will need to improve.
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesPDINT
2010Washington1011
2011Washington9164
2012Washington7762
2013Washington6744
http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/sean-parker-1.html

 

Personal Notes

  • Two-time All-PAC 12 Honorable Mention in 2012 and 2013
  • Defensive captain for the Huskies two seasons in a row
  • Former 4-star recruit from Harbor City, Calif.
  • His Twitter handle is @AllHailSpeezy1

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made by http://nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Sean Parker is a traditional strong safety, showing toughness, leadership and the ability to hit very hard. His height and strength will limit his role in the NFL, which finds itself prioritizing big receivers with great speed. At the very least, Parker projects as a special-teams specialist with value as a slot cornerback and backup safety. 

 

Draft Projection: Fifth Round

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