Colby Parkinson 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
Colby Parkinson is a tight end out of Stanford who is expected to be a mid-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Parkinson was a USA Today High School All-American in 2016 and a Second Team All-Pac 12 selection in 2019, and he has the potential to become a solid pro player.
College Career: Parkinson played in the US Army All-American Bowl during his senior year of high school football in Westlake Village, California before moving on to play for Stanford. He appeared in all 14 games for the Cardinal as a freshman, catching 10 passes for 97 yards and four touchdowns.
Parkinson got nine starts out of 13 games played as a sophomore, tallying 29 catches for 485 yards and seven scores, then put up 48 catches for 589 yards in his junior season. He decided to forego his senior campaign at Stanford in order to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Strengths: Parkinson has great size, and he can be utilized as a slot or wideout if a team needs it. He’s a big red-zone target and has some solid experience with different routes from varied sets. Parkinson’s stride covers a lot of ground, and coming off the line he’s difficult for defenders to deal with.
He can be effective at all three levels of a defense, and has great hip action going into his turns and breaks. Parkinson is usually focused when it comes to making tough catches, positioning his body and utilizing proper technique to come down with the football, even with a defender plastered on him.
Weaknesses: Parkinson isn’t necessarily powerful; he’s got a pretty thin frame. As a slot receiver he likely wouldn’t be able to do everything that role requires, so it would be in more of a gadget capacity from a creative OC. At times, an aggressive safety can throw Parkinson off his route, and he can also lose focus on contested catches against muscular safeties.
As far as run blocking, Parkinson needs some work there as well. He’s not terribly competitive or fiery with his blocks, and can find himself out of place on leverage.
Possible Fits: You’ll find Parkinson ranked all over the place when it comes to mock drafts. In all likelihood, we’ll start hearing his name toward the end of the second round, and I’m thinking he’ll go somewhere in the late third or early fourth rounds. There are a lot of upside guys in that range (including fellow TE Thaddeus Moss from LSU) and Parkinson should find a home somewhere in there.
A potentially solid spot for Parkinson would be Tennessee at the No. 93 overall pick. Now that Delanie Walker is gone, the Titans could use another TE to complement Jonnu Smith, and if the chemistry is there that leads to a lot of 2-TE set options for Tennessee.
Parkinson also has a couple of other potential landing areas in Seattle (No. 133 overall) and New Orleans (No. 130 overall) during that fourth round. I don’t think he would fall much further than that; the upside is just too promising.