Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker was drafted #14 overall by the Miami Dolphins in tonight's opening round of the NFL Draft. He's expected to be the only Louisville player to go in the first round this year. In 2014, Louisville had three first round picks in Calvin Pryor, Marcus Smith, and Teddy Bridgewater. Parker was the third receiver drafted after Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White.
Despite missing the first half of the season with a foot injury, Parker still finished the 2014 season with 43 receptions, 855 yards, and 5 touchdowns. For his career, Parker had 156 receptions, 2775 yards, and 33 touchdowns.
Heading to Miami, Parker will be teamed up with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins recently picked up the 5th year contract option on Tannehill so there's stability there. In 2014, Miami ranked 17th in the NFL in passing at 233 yards per game. Parker will join veteran receiver Greg Jennings and 2014 rookie Jarvis Landry as the primary receiver targets in Miami. As a rookie, Landry had 84 receptions for 758 yards and 5 touchdowns.
While it would've been fun for Parker to go to Minnesota at #11, we can all at least be thankful he didn't get consigned to Cleveland.