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.)
Weight: 308 Lbs.
- 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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