A four-star defensive back recruit, Parker spurned offers from USC, Michigan and others to enroll at Washington. He was part of the secondary rotation at nickelback in 2010 as a true freshman, but shoulder issues ended his season. Parker became a sophomore starter in 2011 and didn?t miss a game the last three years, finishing among the team leaders in tackles and interceptions each year ? leaves school with 21 passes defended and 11 interceptions. He developed the reputation as an entitled hothead due to his overemotional play and interactions with teammates and coaches, but he developed into a leader and two-time team captain. Parker lacks ideal size and speed, but he plays tough and fast with a hard-nosed, physical style that should allow him to find a home on ST coverage in the NFL ? late rounder who will need to be a ST standout to keep a roster spot.
STRENGTHS: Good athlete for the position with decisive speed. Light footwork and lateral motion to avoid blocks and play consistently near the line of scrimmage. Shows some range with consistent on-field effort. Physical and aggressive in coverage and vs. the run. Fills hard and fast with a violent temperament. Tough, enforcing attitude and enjoys impacts. Good diagnose skills to read/react and jump throwing lanes. Reliable ballskills and tracking skills with 11 career interceptions. Has developed leadership skills and was a two-time captain. Three-year starter (39 career starts) and didn?t miss a game the past three seasons with versatile experience at nickelback, free safety and strong safety with consistent production.WEAKNESSES: Marginal size for the position, which shows up in a crowd or on some tackle attempts. Room to get stronger and develop his core strength. Throws his body around in run support, but needs to consistently wrap ? too reckless in this area. Poor awareness and often overaggressive, biting on fakes and struggling with misdirection. Doesn?t play loose with average hip action to flip and turn. Lacks much recovery speed. Inconsistent pursuit angles. Too often caught extending his arms in coverage and grabbing jersey, easily attracting penalties. Too emotional on the field and needs to continue and restrain his raw feelings, which have led to run-ins with coaches in the past. Past durability issues after shoulder stingers ended his 2010 season prematurely.--Dane Brugler
12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB Sean Parker, Sr.,...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - Washington football