North Alabama’s Parker shows improvement

North Alabama WR Preston Parker showed improvement over his combine performance. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

For a shorter receiver like North Alabama’s Preston Parker (5-foot-11 1/4, 197 pounds), change of direction is crucial. Parker demonstrated impressive agility at the NFL Scouting Combine by finishing sixth among all wideouts in the short shuttle, a drill that demonstrates burst and quickness.

Well, at North Alabama’s pro day, Parker posted an even better time. He went from running the short shuttle in 4.16 seconds at the combine to completing it in 4.10 seconds. That kind of time and improvement can help a mid- to late-round prospect like Parker.

The rest of his workout was solid as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 and 4.59 seconds, had a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump, a 7.20-second three-cone drill and did not do position workouts or the vertical jump.

In total, 11 players worked out in front of six team representatives outdoors on FieldTurf. The other noteworthy prospect was OT Calvin Wilson (6-foot-5, 350 pounds).

Wilson ran the 40 in 5.40 and 5.39 seconds, had a 23-inch vertical jump, an 8-2 broad jump, a 4.78 short shuttle, a 7.85 three-cone drill and 18 repetitions in the bench press at 225 pounds. He also has 34-inch arms. He is going to try and work out again March 23 at Southern Mississippi’s pro day.

— Gil Brandt

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