Possibly one of the best undrafted free agents still out there, Richmond DT Martin Parker seems to be a very good fit for the Seahawks, who entirely ignored their interior defensive line in this year's Draft. He's an athletic (4.92 40) high-motor, quick off the snap 3-tech with an 80 inch wingspan that could come in as versatile depth and has the potential to develop into a starting caliber defensive linemen. Parker was a First Team All American for Richmond his senior year and earned First Team All-Conferance honors each of his four seasons at school. He had 96 tackles, 5.5 sacks in 2010 and 13.5 tackles for a loss. He was also named the MVP of the East-West Shrine Game with a pair of sacks and a forced fumble.
I ran across an interview with Parker on NFL Draft Monsters that was interesting so I thought I'd pass it along. One of the main things that stuck out to me was his apparent coachability and willingness to play at multiple positions:
Tom Melton: What do you think is your best scheme fit in the NFL?
Martin Parker: I can play where-ever any team wants me to play. I know a lot of people say that because they think that it will help them sound good, but I've played DE, 3 tech, nose guard, 3-4 DE and I've been successful at all of those positions in my four years at Richmond. If a team drafts me and wants me to go play 3-4 DE then I will go out there and I promise you I will be one of the best players out there. I've been playing 3 technique for four years at Richmond, so I know I can hold my own at that position.
Check out the rest of the article for yourself but keep Parker on your radar as he's arguably the best 3-tech still out there and the Seahawks literally have zero starting caliber 3-techs on their roster at the moment with Brandon Mebane still in limbo. One other thing of note is that he seems to be a high-character guy that would work hard to earn playing time. When asked about being nervous for the NFL Draft, he replied:
When I first got into football, it was never a big dream to go to the NFL. A lot of people ask me if I'm excited or nervous. I'm not exited or nervous. I never thought I'd be in this position. It's just another stop in life, and like with anything else I'm going to continue to work to be successful at it.
Check out his combine workout here.