Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
W: 245 lbs
Micha Parsons is a fast linebacker who covers a lot of space and works sideline-to-sideline. He has active feet and active eyes. He sneaks right past blockers and easily slides into the backfield with his speed and quickness. Parsons matches up with running backs and tight ends without giving up much speed or size. He typically dissects plays quickly and accurately. Parsons gets into rolls of complete and pure dominance.
Parsons needs to add muscle; he struggles getting off blocks once he’s engaged. While I generally like his eyes and I don’t believe his height will be a detriment, he can lose running backs behind the offensive line. Parsons doesn’t always play with a “killer instinct.”
Micah Parsons is very similar to Isaiah Simmons. Their builds are nearly identical and their playing style is even closer in comparison. While Simmons moved around a lot, Parsons typically is only seen at linebacker and standing up edge rusher. He is a fast and athletic linebacker who fits exactly what NFL GM’s are really starting to look for: versatility. Parsons can easily cover running backs, tight ends, and wide receivers, while effectively blitzing the quarterback while slipping right past the offensive line. While I wish he would add muscle so he can shed blockers more easily, Parsons looks like the perfect linebacker/strong safety mold. He’s a fun prospect to watch, although it doesn’t always look like his motor is running at top gear. However, when Parsons makes one good play, it usually snowballs into a good series, and so on. I anticipate a jump in his play this season, and with the attention Simmons received last year, I expect Parsons to be a top-10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft (if he declares).