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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Stanford TE Colby Parkinson

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Stanford TE Colby Parkinson
Nov 10, 2018; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal tight end Colby Parkinson (84) runs for a touchdown against the Oregon State Beavers during the second quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford Cardinals

Positives
Long, hard-working tight end who is solid in all aspects of the position. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes and settles into the open spot of the field to make himself an available target. Takes a pounding and holds onto the throw. Extends his hands, lays out for the difficult catch and nicely makes the reception away from his frame.

Works his hands to separate from defenders, uses his frame to box out opponents and tracks the pass in the air. Gets vertical and fights to come away with the reception. Follows the quarterback across the field to make himself an available target. Bends his knees, stays square and gives effort as a blocker.

Negatives
Tested poorly at the combine and plays to one speed. Stiff. Was more of a pass catcher than a true three-down tight end at Stanford.

Analysis
Parkinson lacks great athleticism, but he showed enough ability as a pass catcher and blocker at Stanford to get consideration in the top half of Day 3. He may never develop into a starter at the next level, but at the very least Parkinson has the tools and football ability necessary to be a productive second tight end on the depth chart.

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