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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Q&A: Colby Parkinson

Parkinson is a strong tight end who can make an immediate impact wherever he goes.

NCAA Football: Washington at Stanford Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Following his junior season, Stanford tight end Colby Parkinson declared for the NFL Draft.

Since his freshman year at Stanford, Parkinson played a big part for the Cardinals. As a freshman Parkinson had 10 catches for 97 yards and four touchdowns.

Parkinson’s stats tremendously improved in his sophomore season. He had 29 catches for 485 yards and seven touchdowns. Parkinson was All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

As a junior, Parkinson caught 48 passes for 589 yards and one touchdown. He was named All-Pac-12 second team. It was expected that he would declare for the draft after his junior season.

At the NFL Combine, Parkinson showed well for himself. Parkinson ran a 4.77 40-yard dash. In his combine profile on, it says Parkinson is a good backup who could become a starter.

Although a tight end is not needed for the Bucs, if Parkinson is available on day three of the draft, it would be a good pick. Parkinson’s catching ability and route running ability have brought up the idea of him playing wide receiver as well. Over the next few years, I believe Parkinson can evolve into one of the better tight ends in the NFL.

I spoke with Parkinson on Sunday about his college career and thoughts heading into the NFL Draft.

Q: What would it mean to you if the Buccaneers selected you in the NFL draft? What kind of player and person would they be getting?

A: “To be drafted by any team in the NFL would be such a blessing. This has been a childhood dream of mine and to be drafted by an organization would be unbelievable. To be drafted by the Bucs specifically and be a part of the new Brady era would be so special. The Bucs would be getting a well-rounded tight end that will bring a different dynamic to the offense. Someone who will work as hard as anyone on the team to better himself and the organization.”

Q: At the NFL Combine, your performance impressed a ton of teams. How’d you feel that you performed?

A: “I felt great about the Combine. It was an awesome opportunity to get in front of teams and show them who I am as a person and what I can do on the field.”

Q: During your meetings at the NFL Combine, were there any odd questions you were asked?

A: “Unfortunately, I do not have any funny stories for you here.”

Q: Due to the coronavirus concerns, the Stanford pro day was postponed. Do you think that could have any impact on your draft stock?

A: “I think it could for sure. I was prepared to re-run the shuttles and show how quick I truly am. Also, the extra field work would have benefited me as well. However, you can’t worry about things you can’t control! It will all work itself out in the end.”

Q: What do you think your greatest strength is heading into the NFL Draft?

A: “My ability to catch the ball.”

Q: How did the coaching staff at Stanford help you develop as a player during your time there?

A: “When I came in, I was truly one-dimensional and only really a receiver. However, throughout my time at Stanford I developed into a more well-rounded tight end that can help out in the run game as well as the pass game.”

Q: Against Oregon State, you had both a passing and receiving touchdown. What was it like for you when running that trick play and completing your first career touchdown pass?

A: “It was awesome! I had been telling the coaching staff to call that play for the last three years haha. However, when the moment came and we actually called it I got a little nervous, but just threw it up and Davis made a great play on the ball.”

Q: What was your favorite moment during your career at Stanford?

A: “The 2018 comeback win in OT versus Oregon.”

Q: If there was one current QB in the NFL that you could catch passes from during your rookie season, who would it be?

A: “To catch a pass from Tom Brady would be awesome.”

Q: Do you pattern your game after any current or former players?

A: “I watch a lot of tape of previous Stanford tight ends to learn from them. The two main ones that I watch are Zach Ertz and Austin Hooper.”