Broncos draft steal Will Parks destroys players
2016 NFL Draft: The Denver Broncos got a steal in Arizona DB Will Parks, who simply destroys people who try and score points against him…
In keeping with the theme of the third day of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos got a steal in safety Will Parks out of Arizona with the 219th selection overall.
Parks, who was selected before his highly touted Arizona teammate Scooby Wright III, appears to be the type of player that can immediately compete for playing time and become a big time contributor on special teams. After watching a number of key special teams players depart in free agency, the Broncos bolstered their unit wth the addition of Parks, who is as tough as they come.
At 6-0, 204 pounds, Parks isn’t the biggest safety the Broncos have by any means, but he hits just like Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward, and he’s fearless when playing in the crazy mosh pit that is the trenches of a football field.
Watch these videos and witness the incredible punch this 200 pound defensive back packs:
There are obviously reasons that Parks fell to the sixth round. I’m not going to try and paint every player as though they should have been a first round pick, but this guy has some impressive skills. If it takes 53 guys to put together a Super Bowl caliber team, this is a player I would certainly want on my side.
He has been productive in a number of different roles for Arizona over the last three years, including both safety positions, nickel defensive back, matched up one-on-one as an outside corner, even playing some LB and DE for the Wildcats. This guy’s toughness obviously plays a huge role in the ability he has to play multiple positions, but his instincts as a football player are likely what drew the interest of the Broncos here.
Parks reacts to the play instantly. He finished his Arizona career with just four interceptions as a full time starter for two years and a key player for three, but he simply missed some opportunities that he could have finished. He left a couple of pick-sixes on the board this past season, either moving too quickly to the ball or just dropping the ball altogether.
It’s not an indictment on his play, as Parks is going to make an impact hitting the snot out of people as well as playing the football. With 20 tackles for loss over the last two seasons, it’s clear that this is a player that likes to play in the box, and is more than capable.
With the stigma of a ‘bad’ class of safeties this year, the Broncos took advantage by getting two players in Justin Simmons and Will Parks that complement each other really well, but each also have positional versatility.
Parks seems like a steal for Denver, and someone that fans are going to be drawn to immediately.