Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
Who is the 6-8-310 pound, Brandon Parker?
Parker has great physical attributes, leadership skills, great awareness, and smartness, as he earned his degree in electrical engineering. His father played left tackle in college, in which is probably why NFL scouts are salivating about him having the total package. Parker’s a very special specimen that played 656 total snaps and amazingly served 48 pancake blocks alone his senior season. Started 36 consecutive games, never surrendered a sack, and only been penalized only four times his entire career. Parker led an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the conference. North Carolina A&T went undefeated as the offense put up 5,122 yards in a span of 12 games, leading them on defeating Grambling St., in the Black College Football National Championship Game, known as the Celebrity Bowl. In 2016, he led the way for current Chicago Bear’s running back Tarik Cohen. Whenever Cohen ran off left tackle, Parker cleared the way and showed not only his great size and length but the ability to get to the second level as a run-blocker.
Brandon Parker Highlights
Parker has outstanding size. He’s long, tall, athletic, and very agile. Coached well, the very coach-able player has a great deal of experience with very long arms, measured with a 107½” reach. In pass protection, he slides his feet well to get the speed rushers. His quick feet allow him to pull or get up the field to the next level of defenders.
Parker might be a 2-3-year project in developing him into a starting left tackle, because of the level of competition he played at an FCS school. Parker never faced an NFL talent defensive end and is still a bit raw. As a run blocker, he tends to get unbalanced at times struggling to maintain his blocks. Needs to improve his run-blocking strength. Needs to get stronger as he lacks the strength to power a defender one-on-one from the running lanes. He benched press 225 pounds only 20 times, need to be around 28 reps. Could benefit by gaining 10-15 more pounds.
How does he fit for the Rams?
Again, Parker would be a project as an offensive lineman, as Aaron Kromer can prepare him to replace veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth. His height, long arms, and quick feet already give him a thumbs up at the left tackle position. Despite not playing against higher level teams, still impressive by never surrendering any sacks and been penalized only four times the entire collegiate career.