This is a tall, fluid safety who brings a lot of speed, athleticism and range to the back-end. While tall with very good length and fluid movements, he does have a slender build and at this point lacks the strength and physicality he will need to develop at the next level.
Shows good instincts and awareness around the ball but his read and reaction skills can be improved. Has ballhawk instincts and maintains good positioning. We feel he provides very good coverage from both a half-field and free alignment when he is patrolling the deep middle.
Best assets are his coverage skills, his ability to support over the top of routes and in zone schemes, and perhaps more importantly, his ability to line up over slots in man-to-man and provide tight matchups mirroring over the top and limiting separation up the seam. For a taller safety he transitions smoothly and there is little wasted motion in his breaks and pursuit on the football. Takes good angles and closes separation quickly breaking underneath or on top of routes. Makes up ground when the ball is in the air and has the height and athleticism to go up and make a play on the downfield throw. Shows great recovery ability which really accentuates his quickness, ability to change direction and length.
While not a real explosive run defender at this stage, or a stout box defender, he certainly gets to his spot quickly running the alley and will set the edge. Flows very well pursuing laterally and takes sharp angles to the ball. Stays balanced and excels at breaking down on ball carriers and retaining proper leverage. Better pursuing from a backside support angles then coming straight downhill to fill where he will catch tackles more than drive through or hold his point in the box. Will come downhill from depth and make run stops in or near the first level for minimal gains.
Parker covers a lot of ground quickly on the football field, is a reliable last line of defense and shows the ability to make plays in all three levels regardless of his original alignment. Could develop into a playmaker at the BCS level and very productive overall football player if he can continue to physically develop.