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DeVante Parker 'Definitely Coming Back' To Louisville If Not a Projected First Round Pick

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

DeVante Parker's grandfather says the star receiver will definitely be returning to Louisville for his senior season if it doesn't look like he'll be taken in the first round of next April's NFL Draft.

Willie Parker, who helped DeVante's mother raise the former Ballard High star, says the family has already sat down together to discuss the matter. He also said the potential departure of Teddy Bridgewater will not affect Parker's decision one way or the other.

"If they're not projecting him near the first round, he's definitely going to be back for his senior year," Willie Parker told The Courier-Journal. "We think (backup QB) Will Gardner would come in and make DeVante's stock go up. He'll know where his bread-and-butter is at."

Despite missing one game with a shoulder injury, Parker finished the regular season as Louisville's leader in touchdown receptions (11) and receiving yards (743), and ranked second on the team in overall receptions (46).

You don't want to get ahead of yourself here, but this certainly sounds promising.