DeVante Parker is first player from BlueGrass State taken in NFL Draft
04/30/2015 10:14 PM
Wide Receiver DeVante Parker will be trading in the Red, White and Black of Louisville, for Aqua and White. The Miami Dolphins selected the receiver with the 14th overall pick.
Parker is the first UofL receiver chosen in the first round. He’s also the first college player from the Commonwealth taken in the 2015 NFL Draft. He did drop a little lower than projected, but still wound up in the upper half of the first round.
Parker missed seven games his senior season because of a foot injury, but he still wound up with 43 catches for 855 yards and five touchdowns. That, apparently, was good enough for the Dolphins.
UofL Head Coach Bobby Petrino expressed his excitement for Parker in a press release shortly after the announcement.
“This is a great night, not only DeVante, but for the University of Louisville football program,” Petrino said. “DeVante worked extremely hard to get back from his injury early in the season and dedicated himself to becoming one of the best receivers in the country, which was evident by him being the No. 14 pick in the draft. I wish him luck with the Miami Dolphins.”
Parker is the fourth different Cardinal to be chosen in the first round in just the past two years. Last season DB Calvin Pryor (Jets), LB Marcus Smith (Eagles), and QB Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings) all were selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.