Oklahoma DB: I Worked Out With A Chip On My Shoulder

Steven Parker was not invited to the NFL Combine but showcased his skills at OU's Pro Day

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
March 28, 2018 - 9:03 am

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Remember Steven Parker? He’s the Oklahoma defensive back that returned a Sony Michel fumble 46 yards to the house in the Rose Bowl.

And he wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine. 

Instead, Parker had to settle for showcasing his skills at Oklahoma’s Pro Day on March 14. He ran a 4.55 40, a 6.84 in the three-cone drill, and had a 36.5-inch vertical leap.

“I really worked out with a chip on my shoulder,” Parker said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Each and every day I just thought about it. I could have kept on thinking about it and let it stress me out, but I didn’t let it stress me out at all. I just thought of it as an extra week to get better, work on the techniques that I needed to succeed and basically work on anything that I needed extra, especially recovery. That’s what it was big for – getting a chance to recover and get ready for my pro day. It really gave me time to basically become better in the last week or so.”

Parker, a second-team All Big-12 selection as a senior, had 63 tackles and six pass breakups last season. He believes he has the size and skill to play in the NFL.

“My greatest strength is being versatile,” the 6-1, 203-pounder said. “I can play cornerback, I can play safety, I can play nickel back or dime – I can play anywhere in the secondary. That’s what makes me so special. I know teams, that’s one of the things that they like is that I am versatile. I’ve played multiple positions, especially at Oklahoma. I haven’t heard anything as far as what they really want me to play yet, but I want to let the world (know) that I want to be a defensive back, not just a safety.”

The NFL Draft will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia.