College: North Carolina A&T
Position: Offensive tackle
College Stats: Four-year starter, three-time First Team All-MEAC, three-time MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year, Second Team All-American in 2016, First Team All-American in 2017
Unlike every other position, it’s hard to quantify the impact of offensive linemen. There are no cut and dry stats that show just how good an offensive lineman is, so you just have to watch the tape and see how they perform. If you watch the tape on Brandon Parker, it’s not hard to see that he’s a truly gifted athlete.
Parker was absolutely dominant at North Carolina A&T. He was an immediate starter as a freshman and ended up starting all 48 games that the Aggies played. He was the team’s left tackle for all four years and absolutely refused to let his quarterback get pressured from the blindside. That led to North Carolina A&T posting some of its best offensive numbers in school history.
As a freshman, Parker was a third team All-MEAC selection and he was by far the best lineman in the conference over the next three years. His name was pretty much engraved into one of the first team all-conference spots and he was the conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Year for three straight years. No one else has ever done that.
Parker has the size that teams are looking for in a potential franchise left tackle. He is 6’8 with exceptionally long arms, allowing him to push smaller linemen off balance. He still has room to grow too. Teams believe that he should be able to add another 20 or 30 pounds to his frame, while keeping his speed and lateral quickness intact.
He also has plenty of experience. His dad was an offensive lineman and taught him how to play the position from a young age and his college coach played a number of years in the NFL. You don’t see many prospects with 48 games of starting experience at the collegiate level under their belts either, and that means he will have less of a learning curve than others.
Parker had a lot more talent than almost everyone he played against, and that led him to pick up some bad habits. He had such tremendous natural ability that he was able to succeed despite some of those bad habits, but he will need to work on his technique at the next level.
Mel Kiper Jr. has Parker as the second-best FCS offensive tackle on the board. He is projected to go in the fourth- or fifth-round, but he might be able to sneak into the third-round because of his natural talents.