DeVante Parker

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DeVante Parker
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Parker in 2013
No. 11 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-01-20) January 20, 1993 (age 25)
Louisville, Kentucky
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Louisville (KY) Ballard
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-AAC (2013)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2014)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2018
Receiving yards:2,082
Receiving touchdowns:8
Player stats at

DeVante Parker (born January 20, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Dolphins in the first round in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville.

Early years[edit]

Parker is the son of Raneca Parker and former Louisville running back Anthony Shelman. He attended Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky,[1] where he was a three-sport star in football, track and basketball. He was a two-time All-State performer. He totaled 73 catches for 1,438 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He was named first team All-State by The Courier-Journal. He recorded 209 yards and one touchdown against 6-A state champion Trinity, 137 and two touchdowns and 184 and two touchdowns in two games against No. 2 St. Xavier, 321 yards and two touchdowns against 6-A finalist Male and 227 yards and three touchdowns in just three quarters against 3-A state champion Central. He was named co-Paul Hornung Award winner as the state's top player with Boyle County's Lamar Dawson. He hauled in 68 passes for 1,793 yards (26.4 yards a catch) and 19 touchdowns as a senior, that ranks fourth all-time in state history. He finished his career as one of the state's all-time leading wide receivers with 3,274 yards, which ranks fifth only behind Somerset's John Cole (4,981), Lawrence County's Gerad Parker (4,736), Male's Montrell Jones (4,345) and Mason County's Chris Lofton (3,511).[2]

In track & field, Parker lettered all four years for the Bruins competing as a sprinter. He earned a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash at the 2011 Male All Comers Meet, recording a personal-best time of 11.18 seconds.[3] At the 2011 Class 3A Region 4 Championship, he posted a career-best time of 22.57 seconds in the 200-meter dash, placing 3rd, while also helping his 4x100 relay rank top in the state until defeated by rival Louisville Eastern High School at regionals and 4x200 relay squad placed first.[4]


Parker was rated as the 26th-best wide receiver in the nation by He was ranked as the 77th-best wide receiver nationally by and the fifth-best player in the Kentucky postseason top 10. Parker chose Louisville over scholarship offers from Kentucky, Indiana and UCF.[5]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

As a true freshman in 2011, Parker appeared in 11 games. He finished sixth on the team with 18 receptions for 291 yards and led the team in touchdowns with six. He had two receiving touchdowns at USF. He also made a highlight-reel 39-yard touchdown reception in the season-opening win versus Murray State.

Sophomore season[edit]

As a sophomore in 2012, Parker played in all 13 games and led the team with 744 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 40 receptions. His 10 touchdown receptions were the most by a player in a season since 1998. He had a touchdown in six straight games to end the season. He had two games with two receiving touchdowns. He finished the season with two 100-yard-receiving games. He hauled in a 75-yard touchdown reception to start the second half of the Pittsburgh game.

Junior season[edit]

As a junior in 2013, Parker played in 12 of 13 games and had 55 receptions for 885 yards and a school record-tying 12 touchdowns.[6] His 12 touchdowns were tied for 10th nationally and led the AAC. He recorded three 100-yard-receiving games. He tied a career-high with nine receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown in the Russell Bowl win over Miami. He had a career-best nine catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns in a road win over No. 23 Cincinnati. He finished with five catches for 71 yards and a score at UConn. He had two scoring catches and six catches overall for 74 yards against FIU. He had a season-high 134 yards receiving on five receptions and a pair of touchdowns against EKU.

Senior season[edit]

Parker missed the first seven games of his senior season in 2014 with an injury. He played in six games, recording 43 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns.

College career stats[edit]

Year GP–GS Receiving
2011[7] 13–9 18 291 16.2 42 6 32.3
2012[8] 13–12 40 744 18.6 75 10 62.0
2013[9] 13–12 55 885 16.1 54 12 73.8
2014[10] 6–6 43 855 19.9 71 5 142.5
Total 156 2,775 17.7 73 33 77.7

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 58 in
(1.90 m)
209 lb
(95 kg)
4.45 s 1.51 s 2.61 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
17 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Parker was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.[11]

On April 24, 2018, the Dolphins picked up the fifth-year option on Parker's contract.[12]

Year Team GP–GS Receiving
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Yds/G
2015 MIA 14–4 26 494 19.0 49 3 35.3
2016 MIA 15–8 56 744 13.3 56 4 49.6
2017 MIA 13–12 57 670 11.8 36 1 51.5
Career 42–24 139 1,908 13.7 56 8 45.4


  1. ^ DeVante Parker, Ballard/Guard
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 2, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-02.
  3. ^ "Male All Comers".
  4. ^ "Region 4 Class AAA".
  5. ^ "DeVante Parker".
  6. ^ "Charlie Strong's brakes off, DeVante Parker looking for big season at Louisville". The Courier-Journal. July 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "2011–12 Overall Individual Statistics".
  8. ^ "2012–13 Overall Individual Statistics".
  9. ^ "2013–14 Overall Individual Statistics".[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "2014–15 Overall Individual Statistics".[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Poupart, Alain (May 1, 2015). "Phillips Drafted To Be Big Man In The Middle". Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  12. ^ Sessler, Marc (April 24, 2018). "Dolphins pick up DeVante Parker's fifth-year option".

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