What a coincidence for the Dallas Cowboys that in one week’s time two Penn State linebackers would make headlines for them.
Not too long ago long-time starter, Sean Lee, announced his retirement after playing 11 seasons in Dallas. Followed by the Cowboys then selecting Penn State linebacker, Micah Parsons with the twelfth overall pick in this year’s draft.
Dallas ended up with the twelfth pick after making a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles which ended up adding an extra third-round pick(84).
Now because of that trade, Dallas was able to add more ammo to the draft, while still drafting the player they believe to have the highest potential from players left on the board.
Parsons opted out of the 2020 season at Penn State but made enough of an impact that had him ranked as the best linebacker of this draft class. During his time in college, Parsons played in 26 games, while starting only 13 of them. Yet still managed to post up 192 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and 5 pass deflections.
Not only is his production that of someone who could make an immediate impact, but Micah also possesses the traits that has superstar potential.
During his pro-day, Micah was clocked in at under 4.40 during his 40-yard dash – that kind of speed is what coach Mike McCarthy was talking about earlier in the week when he said they need to get faster on defense.
Adding on Parsons alongside Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch could be what turns this defense for the better. After a 2020 season in which the Cowboys gave up the most points in franchise history, it’s no wonder they sought out a playmaker like Parsons.
This brings up the question of how the Cowboys will approach future talks with Leighton who has played in less than 20 combined games over the past two seasons. Dallas has yet to pick up the fifth-year option on Leighton, and the drafting of Parsons could force Dallas to make this the final year of Leighton’s rookie contract.
Still, for at the least this season, it looks like Dallas will have three top 34 picks playing at their linebackers positions.
Micah can be a game-changer, now it’s only a matter of waiting to see how it plays out come September.
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