Draft Sleeper: Interview with CJ Parish (DE/OLB/FB, Arizona)

Arizona’s DE/FB CJ Parish talks with NFL Draft scout Mike Loyko about his college career and his expectations for the NFL Draft.

The word versatile gets thrown around a lot in the scouting world during draft season. But, rarely do we come across a player who is truly as versatile as CJ Parish. In the past two seasons alone while playing for the Arizona Wildcats CJ Parish has played fullback for a high powered offense, led the team in sacks as a defensive end and played on his feet as an OLB.

Change is often met with resistance or done so with some hesitation, that is not the case with CJ. He has been moved from defense to offense and back to defense again, to do what’s in the best interest for the team. The changing back and forth probably diminished CJ’s draft stock a bit as he wasn’t able to focus and train for one position. He had to be ready to play all three positions when called on. Despite all this CJ did it willingly which speaks to the kind of team player he is.

As of right now most teams envision CJ as an H-back or hybrid FB at the NFL level. His 6-2″ 245 pound frame make him an ideal size for an H-Back. However his 4.49 forty speed is what could really make him a weapon at the next level. If CJ had received a combine invite and ran the 40 there he likely would have broken the record for a fullback. In a league where an H-back or joker type TE is being used more and more Parish will likely get his chance to prove he can play in the NFL.

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One Response to “Draft Sleeper: Interview with CJ Parish (DE/OLB/FB, Arizona)”

  1. Andrew says:

    This guy definitely sounds like a Pats team player! While a bit undersized, I don’t see why he couldn’t contribute in all three phases of the game, if permitted. I we can get him for a value pick, we should jump on this guy.

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