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Donald Parham Is A Dream Of A Sleeper TE

Is He A Red Zone Weapon We Just Can’t Pass Up?

Donald Parham, TE
School: Stetson | Conference: Pioneer (FCS)
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-8 / 243 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 7th Round or UDFA
NFL Comparison: Ifeanyi Momah

College Statistics

Stetson Stats

Year Team G Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
Year Team G Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2015 Stetson 4 0 0 - 0
2016 Stetson 11 37 455 12.3 6
2017 Stetson 10 58 817 14.1 1
2018 Stetson 9 85 1319 15.5 13
Career 34 180 2591 14.4 20

Player Overview

Hailing from Lakeland, FL, Donald Parham chose Stetson University in central Florida to play his college ball, where he absolutely dominated the FCS competition. In 2018, he was the top receiving tight end in all of college football, averaging 146.6 yards on 9.4 receptions per game. His 2018 performance earned him consensus first team All American recognition and he was selected to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. At 6’8”, Parham looks like a man among boys in most of his film clips, evidencing a deceptive speed (4.67-4.75 40yd), masked by his gazelle-like strides. His 38.5” vertical jump makes him an attractive red zone target and a persistent 50/50 threat. Given his slight frame, there’s speculation that, if he’s to make it at the NFL level, it will be as a large slot receiver, as opposed to a pure tight end. Even in the pros, however, it’s easy to imagine him being a mismatch with safeties as he goes over the middle.

Strengths

  • Great hands
  • Excellent catch radius
  • Red zone weapon
  • Ridiculously tall
  • Destroyed lesser competition
  • Uses large frame to box out defenders

Weaknesses

  • Not built to be an in-line blocker
  • Average speed
  • Unsophisticated route running ability
  • Not particularly strong for his size
  • May be a slot receiver at the NFL level

Let’s see his work

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Two of the three Redskins’ tight ends are aging and or excessively injury prone. The other one is still very much a work in progress and doesn’t look to be more than “just a guy.” The 2019 draft is the year that the Redskins should be looking to pick up several TEs both in the draft and as UDFAs. Parham projects as a late round pick with potentially a very high ceiling who could play both the slot and TE. Unfortunately, he doesn’t appear to have a lot of value in the context of special teams. However, with 36” arms, Parham has an unparalleled catch radius and the potential to be a quarterback’s best friend in the red zone. An injury that prevented Parham from playing at the Senior Bowl may help dampen his pre-draft exposure a bit, but make no mistake, he’s unlikely to be available after the final draft pick is made.

Poll

What do you think about Donald Parham?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    He’s worth a 6th round draft pick.
    (131 votes)
  • 47%
    He’s worth a 7th round draft pick.
    (183 votes)
  • 14%
    He’s an UDFA.
    (55 votes)
  • 3%
    I’ll pass.
    (13 votes)
382 votes total Vote Now