Ranking the top Stanford and Cal prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft

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2. Colby Parkinson, TE — Stanford

Now that standout corner Paulson Adebo has made the surprising decision to forgo the NFL draft for another season at Stanford, Colby Parkinson has become the most touted Cardinal prospect.

The tight end’s versatility and massive frame (6-foot-7, 251 pounds) make him an intriguing prospect who is rapidly climbing draft boards. Parkinson’s size has allowed him to display competence as a blocker and receiver at the college level.

He has the ability to provide excellent protection acting in a hybrid position as an acting extra offensive lineman. His skills as a receiver have also caught the attention of scouts and analysts.

The former Cardinal also possesses good mobility and receiving skills for his size. While he lacks top-end speed and athleticism to fit the mold of a Rob Gronkowski or George Kittle, he could fill a Jason Witten type role.

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He should serve as an excellent short threat and check down option for whichever team elects to take him. Needless to say, a 6-foot-7 target will also be quite useful in the red zone.

Parkinson will need to develop his route running if he hopes to become a consistent threat in the receiving game. His tendency to take too much time getting into his routes will eliminate him as an option in the faster-paced NFL.

Despite being considered a fringe draft pick just a short time ago, Parkinson has entered the discussion as a top option at his position. With every team looking for the next big tight end, he should be a shoo-in to be selected in the top few rounds.

Draft Projection: 2nd/3rd round