Micah Parsons
Micah Parsons is the best linebacker in the 2021 NFL Draft but what does the Penn State product actually bring to the table? Check out his NFL Draft profile! (Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)

Micah Parsons 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Micah Parsons is the best linebacker in the 2021 NFL Draft and it’s not close. If you don’t get Parsons, you’re looking at coin flip city the rest of the draft. What does the Penn State product actually bring to the table? Let’s check out the Micah Parsons 2021 NFL Draft profile!

Parsons is the most complete linebacker in the draft. The Penn State product checks in at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds. Parsons was a monster recruit coming from the Harrisburg area. He was the 5th overall recruit in the country before signing with the Nittany Lions. Parsons also posted a 4.39 – 40 time at his pro day. The guy is an athletic freak.

Parsons isn’t just a fast linebacker. His most impressive trait might be his pure stopping power. When that dude hits you, you go down. Simple as that. End of story. His closing speed isn’t hard to notice which was more than backed up by his 40 time.

Parsons can also rush the passer with ease. Parsons posted five sacks in 2019 as the starting middle linebacker. If you ask him to attack the quarterback, he can get the job done. Parsons was originally recruited as an outside linebacker – defensive end so it’s not hard to see why he excels in that area.

Parsons didn’t play in 2020 but who cares. Given the recruiting background and on field production, there was nothing more to see. In 2019, the Penn State linebacker posted 109 tackles, five sacks, and four forced fumbles. Outside of Ja’Marr Chase, this was the one guy in the class who really had no reason to step on the field this year.

If you want to bring up a knock, maybe you can say Parsons isn’t an A in coverage. Expecting him to be Eric Kendricks day one in coverage isn’t realistic. However, Parsons can do it and should develop just fine in that area. He moves well in space and has more than enough catch up speed to make up for any mistakes. He didn’t have any career interceptions in two years but did deflect five passes in 2019.

Apparently, there are some character concerns here. I never like to speak on those. I didn’t interview the guy. Anything that’s come out in the past also seems minor. Teams will just have to do their homework there.

I think there is no question, Micah Parsons is a top five player in the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s the clear number one linebacker in the class for me. I’m not quite as enthusiastic about Parsons as I was about Devin White. However, make no mistake about it. This guy is a rockstar.