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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Brian Parker, TE, University of Albany

brian parkerEvery year, NFL Draft Diamonds brings our readers the best in depth interviews on the internet. We specialize in giving players an opportunity to showcase their talents on our website. We conducted interviews last year with over 300 plus players. We want you to enjoy our interviews, because when these young men are in the league, we will not be surprised, and neither should you. 

What is your name?

My name is Brian Parker.

What is your Height/Weight?

I am 6’4 and weigh 265 lbs

What is your position?

I play tight end.

Where do you play college football?

I played college football at the University at Albany.

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

About 10 teams out of high school were recruiting me

How did you choose your school?

I chose Albany because it was one of two schools offering me an athletic scholarship, and the higher level of competition.

Where are you from?

I am from Rochester, New York, McQuaid Jesuit High School.

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model for football would have to be Peyton Manning.  There is no one who I have watched that is as much a student of the game as Peyton Manning is, not to mention his class and achievements. 

Have any scouts met with you yet, and if so what are they saying?

I have met with lots of different scouts.  What most scouts say to me is that I have really quick feet for my size, and I use my hips very well when I block on the line of scrimmage. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Growing up I played soccer, basketball, and football.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I played wide receiver more than I played tight end in high school, but on defense I played defensive end, linebacker, and cornerback. 

At your position, what separates you from others?

What separates me from others at tight end is my ability to be utilized just as effectively in the run game as I am in the passing game. 

b parkerWhen you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

When I am breaking down film on myself, I look for my mistakes, and how they affect the play as a whole.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I ever faced was a defensive end at Albany named Ed Delaney.  He was born with one hand, and if he had two, I am certain he’d be already playing on Sundays by now. 

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I can compare my play with Jace Amaro.  We are similar in size, and we both are able to block well and shed tackles after the catch. 

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

I have been pretty fortunate in my life when it comes to facing big obstacles.  My biggest obstacle in my life regarding football would have to be when I got switched to tackle before my first spring ball at Albany.  I overcame it by accepting the fact that it was best for the team, and used it to work on my progression as a blocker.  I ended up getting switched back to tight end and had 3 touchdowns my redshirt-freshman year. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Before games I like to relax and loosen up.  I don’t like getting to hyped up and nervous for the game until it is time to go out on the field. 

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is my YAC.  I take pride in not being able to be tackled by one guy and not going down without a fight.

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is the level of competition that I have played against.  I dominated at the FCS level, but I wish I were able to show my talents against higher competition on a weekly basis. 

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

If I had one second to sell myself to a GM I would tell him to watch my film and look at my combine numbers.  

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

My favorite team growing up was the Buffalo Bills.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

If I could have dinner with 3 people dead or alive I would choose Muhammad Ali, Abraham Lincoln, and Adam Sandler.

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