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Detroit Lions Rookie Free Agent Mark Parson: The Best of the Bunch

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 06:  Punt returner Mar Parson #24 of the Ohio Bobcats looks on as Shaun Lane #29 of the Ohio State Buckeyes recovers a fumbled punt by Parson during the game at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
David McClureCorrespondent IApril 30, 2009

Rookie free agents are the main focus of the Detroit Lions. There has been some buzz about players that are being released from teams, usually for financial reasons, like Larry Foote, but many of those players are not yet available.

Detroit has brought in and even signed several rookie free agents already. I've heard the talk about Otis Wiley and Anquan Boldin's brother, but the one prospect I took notice of is cornerback Mark Parson from the Ohio University Bobcats.

Parson is a standout and arguably the most talented man-to-man cover corner coming out of school this year. He is small and fast and shows excellent technique and instincts. You can view some of the footage available on him here:


Mark Parson was slotted as high as the second round in the 2009 NFL Draft, but like many players expected to get picked, he went undrafted.

I strongly feel Parson can make the team and contribute. I think he is easily one of the top rookie free agents on the market. Look for him on Sundays.

Here is a scouting report from FFToolBox writer Raul Colon.

I don't necessarily agree that Mark has concerns about competition. I watched him shut down Brian Robiskie, allowing only eight yards on three receptions.

Parson has shutdown capability. Bottom Line. Deion Sanders took interest in him and invited him to his Draft Camp. The best reported 40 time I have heard is a 4.38. That's unofficial, but he shows plenty of game speed on film.

He may be the steal that changes Lions draft fortune. Check him out and decide for yourself.


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