Drafted: ROUND: 3 - Pick Number: 90 (LV)
Draft Profile: BioDylan Parham played for Carrollton high school in Georgia at both linebacker as a junior and as a tight end as a senior. He was only lightly recruited and graded as a pass rusher and a result given only a two-star rating.
Parham joined Memphis as a tight end and redshirted his true freshman season in 2017. In 2018 as a redshirt freshman he started all 14 games at left guard, played 972-of-1,028 snaps, and was a major part of the offensive line that paved the way for a school-record 7,324 yards of total offense (3,919 rush/3,405 pass).
In 2019 Parham started all 14 games at left guard and put up average numbers -- surrendering 5 sacks and 25 total pressures and 5 holding penalties.
In 2020 he appeared in all 11 games on the season, earning starts in all 11 at right tackle, and logged some elite pass protection numbers-- he surrendered a single sack, just 9 total pressures, and 3 holding penalties. As a result, he landed on Outland Trophy Watch List.
As a redshirt senior in 2021, Parham started all 11 games at right guard and didn't allow a sack in 545 pass protection snaps, only surrendered 10 total pressures, and gave up 4 penalties on the season. He was handed a Reese's Senior Bowl Invitee, once again was on the Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List and chalked up a spot on the 2021 First-Team All-AAC 2021.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Good upper body strength and stout build with excellent quickness and tight end speed
- Has developed into an excellent pass protector as a right guard. Has the quickness to mirror rushes and force them outside
- Displays excellent bend while battling with defenders for positioning.
- Very fast for a lineman and moves with consistency and fluidity as a zone run blocker
- Has a wide base giving preventing him being knocked off balance
- Adequate foot quickness to remain outside. Can get to the second level with surprising agility when adjusting to moving defenders
- Unique versatility - has had success playing at both guard spots and at right tackle. Despite not playing center he may be ideally suited to the role
- Developed into a leader on the field - a hard worker with an excellent work ethic
- Has developed the talent to control defenders and when latched on will not let up
- Has a high football IQ who has a great understanding of offensive and defensive concepts
- Finds defenders with his hands immediately and gets feet moving to engage and sustain.
- Willing to attack and punches multiple times to finish the play. Quick to pick up edge blitz and shows no panic, easily adjusting angles and resetting his feet. Can recover and reset his anchor. Rarely late off the snap.
- Has elite mobility in his ankles, knees, and hips to get underneath defenders
- Quick out of his stance with the footwork to be effective in front of screens. Willing to get out in front of ballcarriers to take out defensive backs and linebackers.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Stronger pass rushers can get under his pads and steer him aside.
- At only 6-2 isn't ideally built for the position - has trouble with power rushers driving him into the back field
- Isn't aggressive enough - needs to develop a mean streak
- Loses leverage battles and plays with high pad level. Can be late off the snap.
- Finesse blocker with average arm length who doesn't use his hands well to win at the point of attack.
- Can be beat off the edge coming out of his stance lunging to reach speedy wide rushers.
- Relies more on precise angles than physicality in the running game.
Scouting Report: SummaryParham is a good NFL prospect with elite quickness, overall body control, and hand movement -- he however is a little small to be a dominant guard in the NFL and may struggle with power rushers. Despite not playing the position at any point during his college career he could fit in as an ideal pro center with his smaller size, high football IQ, and elite quickness.
Parham currently projects as a mid-third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft when viewed as a guard, however, he could be ranked higher if teams realize his potential as an outstanding center in a zone-blocking system.
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