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BOZICH | ESPN's McShay on DeVante Parker, UK's Dupree, IU's Coleman

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Receiver DeVante Parker is in line to be Louisville's fourth first-round NFL Draft pick in two seasons. Receiver DeVante Parker is in line to be Louisville's fourth first-round NFL Draft pick in two seasons.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – We're only 114 days from the 2015 NFL Draft, which means we have time for 1.14 million ways to overanalyze and mis-evaluate players the way NFL teams whiffed on Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and others last season.

Why wait?

ESPN made Todd McShay, one of its draft experts, available on a conference call Tuesday morning. With only an hour, McShay didn't have time to answer every question, but he did discuss three players with local connections – Louisville receiver DeVante Parker, Kentucky linebacker/linebacker Alvin “Bud” Dupree and Indiana halfback Tevin Coleman.

His thoughts on those three?

First, Parker remains the only likely first-round round selection in that group. I'd expect Parker, the former Ballard High star, to be invited to the draft, which has been moved from New York City to Auditorium Theater in Chicago. The draft is now scheduled for April 30-May 3 – Derby Week.

(For the record, McShay ranks Parker as the 8th best overall prospect on his latest draft evaluation posted at ESPN.com, although he has not updated his list since Dec. 10.)

McShay said that the Houston Texans, a team that drafts 16th, would be a good candidate to select Parker, who had 43 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns in six games after returning from a broken foot.

“Wide receiver would make a lot of sense (for Houston),” McShay said. “It is a really good group this year.

“I gave DeVante Parker to them in that early mock draft that I did. But there is Amari Cooper from Alabama. Parker from Louisville was injured early in the year and then came on strong late in the season. He's 6-2 and 210 pounds.”

McShay said that he believed that Dupree would be selected on the second day of the draft, which translates for the second or third round. CBSSports.com ranks Dupree as a first-round selection, the 13th best overall prospect as a defensive end.

Dupree was Kentucky's third-leading tackler in 2014 with 53, including 5 ½ sacks. He also intercepted one pass.

And Coleman?

McShay said this was one of the deepest collections of running backs in years. But a running back has not been taken in the first round since Cleveland wasted the third overall pick on Trent Richardson of Alabama in 2012.

The first back taken last season was Bishop Sankey of Washington, who went to Tennessee with the pick 54 in the second round. Sankey ran for 569 yards on 152 carries for Tennessee this season.

Coleman led Indiana with 2,036 yards rushing. He scored 15 touchdowns and rushed for at least 200 yards in four games, including a 228-yard performance at Ohio State.

Coleman was the third halfback that McShay mentioned – after Todd Gurley of Georgia and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin.

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