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2020 NFL Draft: Kent State Jamal Parker 5’8 177 (E) CB-S-KR Kent State

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): Has started at both safety and corner for the Golden Flashes. Communicates with fellow DBs. Physical and instinctive. He will stick his foot in the dirt to break forward vs. the screen game with a sixth sense (TFL from 10 yards off, Toledo ’19). Works around traffic in man coverage and -after doing so- can react to tips and overthrows (3rd and 6, 2nd QTR, Bowling Green ’19). Comes up to support the run on the edge after getting off of blocks. In three-deep zone, he displays excellent transition out of his zone turns on sail route concepts (reads eyes of QB through route combo, hands INT, Bowling Green ’19). Adjusts his angles as a blitzer on corner cats to make tackles (Ohio ’19). Affects the three-step passing game in these instances (Ohio ’19). He is capable of breaking down to handle intermediate routes on the perimeter (Toledo ’19). Rakes through the hands of WRs on downfield routes to pilfer balls loose (PBU, 3rd and 11, Toledo ’19-fade pattern). Carries the No. 2 WR vertical and then will go up to high-point interception opportunities (Toledo ’19). After getting beaten, he will keep competing (PBU vs. back-shoulder fade, Tropical Smoothie Cafe Bowl ’19). As a kickoff returner, he runs through traffic at 90 miles per hour much bigger than his size. He has shown the ability to make the last man miss in kickoff coverage as a kickoff returner (98-yd TD, vs. Ohio ’19, called back). Did a good job of returning a squib kick with just under three minutes remaining vs. Utah State in the 2019 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Bowl.

Former Kent State cornerback/kickoff returner Jamal Parker (No. 7 pictured) finished his career with a 27.5 yd/avg. on kickoff returns (TD).

Weaknesses: Size is a major deterrent. Play strength. QBs have slipped out of his grasp on corner blitzes (Rourke breaks tackle, Ohio ’19). In man coverage, he will open the expressway on the outside lanes (Arizona State ’19). He has posted some unnecessary penalties working outside the numbers in man coverage (4th QTR, P.I., Bowling Green ’19). Struggled mightily with the size of Siaosi Mariner in the 2019 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Bowl. Posted a pass interference and allowed fade.

Other Notes:

  • Attended Central Catholic HS (N.J.) and was a football/basketball standout
  • 2016: 28 tackles, QB sack, TFL, 3 INTs (57 yds), PBU and one blocked kick
  • 2017 (11 gms): 57 tackles, QB sack, 2 TFLs, FF, INT and 11 PBUs; 20.8 yds/KR
  • 2018 (12 gms): 83 tackles, TFL, 2 INTs (20 yds), 16-yd FR-TD, 7 PBUs; 30.1 yds/KR
  • 2019 (13 gms, 2nd Team All-MAC): 62 tackles, 3 INTs (21 yds) and 10 PBUs; 27.5 yds/KR and one TD
  • Career Stats: 230 tackles, 2 QB sacks, 4 TFLs, FF, FR, 9 INTs (99 yds), 20 PBUs; 27.5 yds/KR and one TD
Parker also posted 230 tackles, nine interceptions and 20 pass breakups.

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary): The team’s coaches lauded Parker for his energy. In fact, the coaches created a music playlist and always had music playing during practices. Along with defensive lineman Theo Majette, he was a player who stood as one of the centerpieces on a scrappy defensive unit. The reason he made our all-purpose list is because…well, he can do just about everything on the football field. Whether it is playing outside, lining up at safety or returning kickoffs, the former All-MAC selection had a hand in it. In fact, he felt that playing safety helped his overall football IQ.

“It improved my football IQ,” Parker said. “Knowing what everyone else is doing.”

MAC Players to Watch, 10-16-18: It’s Miller Time

Scotty Miller 5’10 163 WR-Senior Bowling Green

Since Miller has arrived on campus, he’s been a terror despite his lack of size.  His body control, route-running expertise and fearlessness all get high marks.  While capable of playing outside, he’s most adept at working in-between the hash marks on inside dig routes, post corners and option routes.  He is the best receiver in the MAC when it comes to disguising his intentions on jerk and return-pivot patterns.  Linebackers, safeties and nickel backs have to maintain patience against his first moves.  Quite capable of tracking the ball versus tight man coverage, he can get his body to become limp along the sidelines. Perhaps most impressive is his ability to finish through double teams down the field.  Once he gets the ball in his hands, he uses his long speed to challenge defenses.

The former Barrington HS (Ill.) product has been a speed demon since his days at the prep level.  The former track and field standout holds personal-bests of 10.53 seconds in the 100 meters, 21.26 seconds in the 200 meters  and 6.36 seconds in the 55 meters.  Through six games, Miller has 42 receptions for 640 yards (15.6 YPR) and six touchdowns. This includes a 13-catch, 166-yard, two-touchdown performance against Oregon in Week 1 of the 2018 campaign.   For his career, the Falcons standout has 186 receptions and 20 receiving touchdowns.  Keep an eye on the Falcons speedster the rest of the year.  The MAC’s leading receiver is on pace for career-highs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions.