Scouting Report: David Parry, DT

Could Parry be an option to help replace the loss of Vince Wilfork?

Could Parry be an option to help replace the loss of Vince Wilfork?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I know it has been a little while since my last report, but I was mourning the loss by my beloved Cyclones in the NCAA tournament. The nice thing is, now there is nothing in the way from watching as much film in the next 6 weeks as possible.  As the draft approaches, we start to hear names that have been linked with the Patriots, either through private workouts, team visits, or as is the case with Parry, a pro day that Coach Belichick attends and pays extra attention to a player.  I have decided since the Patriots have some sort of interest with these players, I might as well give them some attention as well and find out what the Patriots might see in these particular players.  First up was Stanford’s David Parry.

Name: David Parry

School: Stanford (Sr.)

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 308 Lbs.

Combine Results:


  • Arm Length: 31″
  • Hand Size: 9⅞”
  • 10 Yard Dash: 1.76
  • 40 Yard Dash: 5.38
  • Bench Press: 34
  • Vertical Jump: 29″
  • Broad Jump: 103″


Parry is a powerful, compact, defensive tackle.  He has a big bubble and he uses it well to anchor when battling double teams.  Parry rarely gets moved off his mark even when double teamed and is a true space eater.  He is stout against the run and plays much bigger than his 308 pounds would suggest.  Parry has a surprisingly fast first step and can create pressure coming from the middle.  He has strong, active hands which allows him to shed his defender and make a play on the ball.  Parry has a good motor and plays hard throughout the game.  At 6’1″ he takes advantage of his low pad level and plays with very good leverage.  Parry keeps his head up and shows good awareness to where the ball is at all times.



Parry is not going to wow you with his athleticism. He is a bit stiff and lumbers when he is in open space.  He struggles to change direction and he is on the ground a little too much for my liking.  Parry does not have the ideal measurements you look for in a defensive tackle.  He has very short arms and could struggle to disengage from opposing lineman in the NFL.  Parry’s snap count was limited to keep him fresh throughout games.



Parry is one of those guys that does a lot of the grunt work with very little recognition.  He is well built to be that classic nose tackle and has a frame that could add more weight.  On tape it looked like his playing weight was more than what he weighed in at the combine.  I was impressed by his get off at the snap and consistently beat Henry Anderson out of his stance.  Speaking of Anderson, he owes a lot of his production to Parry.  Parry consistently drew double teams allowing Anderson to run free to the QB.  If the Patriots are looking for a guy to play a role similar to Vince Wilfork, Parry definitely looks the part. He would be a nice compliment to last years first round pick Dominique Easley.  On tape, Parry really doesn’t have a lot of holes in his game and he will be a good value.  Because he doesn’t jump off the page from a physical or production standpoint however, Parry most likely won’t be drafted until day 3.  He could be that pick that no one is excited about, but plays and contributes for a decade.

One final note: Watching a guy like Parry makes you realize how much of a physical freak Vince Wilfork was….is really.  A guy who is that big but was amazingly athletic is so rare.  The fact that he could stay on the field for the amount of snaps he did each and every week has become even more impressive as I watch some of these bigger prospects who play limited snaps.


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14 Responses to “Scouting Report: David Parry, DT”

  1. MM-II says:

    With Compensatory Picks awarded, the Pats now have 6 picks from #32 to #131, plus a 6th and two 7ths (“UDFA reservation tickets”).

    Of their first six picks, five are tradeable. Their untradeable 3rd-round Comp is #97, the next pick after their regular pick at #96, so the #96 is almost certainly in play for any trade up:

    – The combo of #96 + #32 would get them up to #26 (BAL).
    – #96 + #64 gets them up to #52 (PHL) in the 2nd.
    – #96 + #64 + #32 gets them up to #17 in the first (SDG).

    Barring any trades up (or down, which could still happen), the Pats will have 5 picks in the top 101. My guess is that 3 of the 5 (at least) go to Defense – at least one to the DL and probably one for a DB. At least one of the two picks for Offense goes to the OL, the other to RB or WR.

    I don’t think BB has any particular order in mind, positionally, for those picks (*OUR* sense of the urgency of specific needs notwithstanding). But, he’ll probably take the BPA at one of those positions as each pick comes up. If there isn’t a player available there who’s better than he’s likely to get with his next pick, he’ll probably trade down. That goes for the #32 as well.

    However, IF he actually trades UP from the #32, I strongly suspect it will be for an OT.

    • acm says:

      I also expect Pats may try to get a potential LT in the draft for next year. Solder’s situation is murky to say the least and if he doesn’t extend by draft time, they may well start planning for life without Solder (potentially) as they like getting their LT a year early. RT is covered imo with Cannon and Flemming on the roster.
      A player I like for that role is Jake Fisher, who could well be available at 32. He can play LT and LG in his first year and then, if necessary, move to LT in 2016. If Solder stays, they got themselves an excellent LG in Fisher.

      Regarding potential trades, don’t think it makes sense to trade down late in the draft as there may well be very few roster spots to begin with this year and the quality of talent seems to fall off in the 6/7th range this year. If anything those picks may well be used as amo.
      Trading down from 32 would make sense if they can get an extra 2nd and 3rd as that’s where the “meat” of this draft is.
      Trading up from 32 wouldn’t make much sense imo. Of course, if a particular player starts falling all bets are off but generally, this draft is “light” at the top and the best value picks are in the 25 – 75/80 pick range. That is making big jumps up in the 1st is likely to result in loss of value.

      This being said, trades I’d be looking out for would create extra picks in the 2nd/3rd round range e.g. own 3rd+own 4th to create an extra pick in late 2nd or own 3rd+ Tampa’s 4th to get a higher pick in the 2nd.

      I wouldn’t expect players taken after the 4th round to make the roster this year. Not that there aren’t good prospects there but that they are so few in that range of the draft, it’d be unrealistic to expect them to fall to the Pats. Thus, those picks are likely imo to go to waste unless used as amo to trade up in earlier rounds (or bunch the Tampa 6th+Titans’ 7th for an early 5th).

      • Jeff says:

        ACM, I like the idea of using the 6th and 7th to move into the 5th. Should still be able to catch a prospect with a shot at making the team in the 5th, maybe a 5th linebacker like Bryce Hager or Jake Ryan would be worth a shot around there, or more likely catch a falling prospect.

      • MM-II says:

        acm –

        Going for an LT in the 1st because of Solder’s situation is exactly what I was thinking. If they need to move up a few spots to get the guy they prefer, they now have the ammo to do so. Anyway, I wasn’t suggesting that the Pats SHOULD trade up to #17, I was simply laying out the math.

        WRT available roster spots — assuming that there are no further free agent signings between now and the draft, they’ll have 15 open roster spots for the summer through Camp. The more of their *own* rookie choices that they have on board for the off-season, the better their odds of filling the bottom couple-three spots on the 53-man (and the 10-man PSQ) with stronger players with more upside. Even if none of them make the 53-man out of Camp, it’s still better to have had the choice and the competition.

        Also, you never know who’s going to turn out well. A guy doesn’t necessarily last till the 4th round because he’s not as sufficiently talented or roster-worthy as a 2nd or 3rd rounder, but mainly because he’s not as popular. Since all but a handful of teams rely on the reports from one of the two scouting co-ops (which, together, are known as the “Combine”) for the bulk of their pre-draft information, there’s a lot of groupthink among those teams since they’re basically all looking at the same rankings and evals (most of the media draft gurus do, too). A prospect who might have a lot of value to the Pats in particular often ends up still being available in the 4th simply because the vast majority of other teams aren’t as familiar with him as they are with other prospects. The Pats, OTOH, are one of those few teams that maintain their own, fully-staffed in-house college scouting departments – which gives BB the ability to operate a bit outside the box.

        In any case, the #177 + #219 only carry enough trade value to get you closer to the early 6th (no way you’re getting an early-5th for those) and probably have more roster value in providing the opportunity to reserve a guy who’d otherwise be a UDFA who you’d have to compete with other teams for after the draft. Typically, a lot of the better UDFAs sign elsewhere because they feel that their chances of making the Pats roster are significantly lower. And they’re right.

        While I’m on the subject of realistic trade values, the Pats’ own 3rd and 4th (#96 + #131) would only move them up about 10 spots higher in the 3rd. The Pat’s 3rd and the Tampa 4th (#96 + #101) would move them up about 20 spots in the 3rd. The combination of all three picks would only get them near the top of the 3rd round. Even kicking in their 6th-rounder would only get them up to a couple spots ahead of the #64. That’s the “draft penalty” for winning the SB and having to pick last in every round.

  2. Dan Sullivan says:

    David Parry sounds like he would be a good edition to the Pats.

    Patriots Mock Draft
    1 Devin Smith WR Ohio State
    2 D.J.Humphries Florida
    3 Sequez Golson CB Mississippi
    3 Gabe Wright DT Auburn
    4 Derrell Eskridge S Syracuse
    4 Austin Shepherd G Alabama
    6 James Vaughters LB Stanford
    7 Hutson Mason QB Georgia
    7 Kaleb Johnson G Rutgers

  3. Ryan says:

    One late-round DT that interests me is Deon Simon. Any thoughts on him as a 6th-rounder?

    • acm says:

      BB seems to have some:

      A player very similar to A. Blackson, who Russell mentioned below. Both are more run-stuffers than pass-rushers and I expect both get drafted in that 6/7th round range.
      I personally prefer Derrick Lott (same school as Davis Tull) to both Simon and Blackson. A slight knock on him is he’d be a 25 yo rookie.

      • Ryan says:

        I completely forgot about that meeting. Looks like we’re a good bet to draft him then.

        As for Lott, I know nothing about him but the issue of age could be very real as defensive tackles don’t always have extensive careers.

        • acm says:

          Not sure I’d go there in regards to Simon. Pats showed interest at the combine, that’s all. Big picture-wise, it usually means nothing. It’s notable that BB conducted the interview but need to keep in mind many of Pats position coaches weren’t at the combine due to the prolonged season. Actually, only the OL coach was present outside of BB, iirc.

          Lott’s situation isn’t ideal but he has little mileage on him too. Has had some injuries, changed programs (redshirted two years), which stunted his development. He’s the more talented of the bunch imo (a Georgia recruit out of HS) and by all accounts looked way better than his competition at UTC. In the right system, he could be the right player for the Pats.

  4. Mike Gerken says:

    I am probably higher on Parry than most, and that is okay. I think the big question that needs to be asked is what scheme up front are the Patriots going to use. You are right, and I even said in my report, he is limited both physically and athletically, but in that role of a space eater who allows others to make plays, he “wins.” Watching him I realized just how much production Anderson got when he was lined up next to Parry. Parry’s job was to free Anderson up to make plays, and he did. When Anderson lined up out wide, he was much less affective.
    I think Perry probably will be a 6th or 7th round pick, and that is where he should go. I just feel he deserved a 5th round grade because he does what he is asked to do well.

    • acm says:

      That’s kind of the problem with players as limited/maxed-out as Parry – they look good on college tape but that is just not very likely to carry over at the pros. In college, Parry played the role of a 2-gapper quite well. I just very much doubt that would extend to the pros. At the same time, he just isn’t the disruptive type DT either, leaving without a role in which he can be a factor in the NFL, imo.
      The way I see it, Parry is a guy who can add depth to the Pats current roster and be a fringe 53-man roster player who jumps between the active roster and the practice squad. As far as the DT position goes – losing Wilfork and all – I think the Pats need to improve the “top” layer with starting talent.

  5. Russell says:

    I agree with acm, and like his work ethic, and intelligence, but his size is a question. The Patriots showed interest in Angleo Blackson 6’4″ 315, 4.97 40yd. and I like him better then Parry for a 6th-7th round pick.

  6. acm says:

    Hard worker and a good-character guy but quite limited in just about every aspect. I don’t see Perry being a two-gapper at the next level – too small and frame is maxed out already – so not sure what would be the point of bringing someone like him who at the same time is limited as a rusher too.
    I can totally see the Pats being interested in him but he is little more than a Kyle Love 2.0 imo. In a deep DT class, I’d like to believe they can do better even in the 6/7th round range.

    • MM-II says:

      I agree. Parry is also pretty much the same size and the athletic level of Vellano, Forston, and the three Samoan DTs who were in 2014 Camp. The Pats always need a bunch of guys like that around for OTAs, etc., so they’ll probably have some contact with more guys than they’ll actually need, since some will get picked up by other teams before BB can get to them.

      OTOH, an experienced 2-gapper like Parry may be worth a 6th/7th, which isn’t really anything more than just “tagging” a guy before the UDFA scrum at the end of Day-3. If some other team spends a 5th on him, oh well!

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