May 5, 2011

Draft profile: Anthony Parker

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TORONTO — Anthony Parker has all the physical tools to make CFL coaches and scouts drool and will enter the CFL Canadian Draft as the second rated prospect according to the CFL Amateur Scouting Bureau.

Parker cemented his status as a top-level prospect at the CFL Evaluation in March. There he showed off his  athleticism by finishing at or near the top of every testing category including a 4.54 40-yard dash( 2nd overall) and 43” vertical (1st overall).

The talented receiver also impressed in on-field drills. He catches the football naturally, plucks it out of the air and rarely lets the football get into his body.

He also has the game film to back up the physical gifts. Despite missing three regular season games due to last season with the Calgary Dinos, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver finished third in Canada West with 73.4 receiving yards per contest and fifth in all-purpose yards with an average of 125.2.

He was named a conference all-star for the second straight season, and really hit his stride in the playoffs with 588 all-purpose yards and six receiving touchdowns in four outings as he helped the Dinos claim their third consecutive Canada West title and reach the Vanier Cup final for the second year in a row.

His grounding in the Dinos pro-style offensive systems should help make the jump to the CFL.

“In my mind, playing on our offense will transition me well to the pro game,” Parker said.

“It’s a pro-style offense which ran a lot of search-option, zone read, pistol, five-spread, things like that, which allowed me to also work with some more complicated reads.”

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