Why Seahawks TE Colby Parkinson Might Be Worth Drafting In Dynasty


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Seahawks TE Colby Parkinson Dynasty Rookie Analysis

  • Draft Position: 4.133 | School: Stanford
  • Height: 6’7” | Weight: 252 pounds
  • 40-yard dash: 4.77 seconds
  • 2020 Age: 21 | Class: Junior
  • Recruitment Stars: 4-5

I want to be clear: There’s almost nothing on the field that’s special about Parkinson. He has great hands: He has only three drops on 165 career targets (per PFF). And across his career, he’s had acceptable raw production.

  • 2017 (14 games): 10-97-4 receiving
  • 2018 (13 games): 29-485-7 receiving
  • 2019 (12 games): 48-589-1 receiving

But this production has come with a subpar 51% catch rate, and over the past two years he’s had just 1.5 yards per route (per SIS).

It’s disturbing that he’s not more efficient as a receiver because he’s an average-at-best blocker.

But he’s worth a speculative pick because he’s just 21 years old, he was a top-30 national recruit when he enrolled at Stanford and he has long-term potential on the Seahawks, who have an unsettled tight end depth chart: Greg Olsen and Jacob Hollister are both on one-year deals, and Will Dissly has missed most of the past two seasons with first a torn patella tendon and then a torn Achilles tendon — injuries that normally derail NFL careers.

It’s not unfathomable that Parkinson could be the starting tight end for quarterback Russell Wilson in 2021.

NFL Prospect Comp: Kevin Boss with more draft capital and significantly more youth but also less production

More Dynasty Analysis For Freedman’s Top Rookies

  1. Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
  2. Rams RB Cam Akers
  3. Colts RB Jonathan Taylor
  4. Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy
  5. Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb

Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs, part of The Action Network.

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