Draft Profile: LB Micah Parsons, PSU

Steve Johnson

photo courtesy pennlive.com
photo courtesy pennlive.com

Pos. LB
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 246
Class: 3JR
College. Penn St.
DOB: 5/26/99

2018: 13 games. 82 tackles, 4 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF
2019: 13 games. 109 tackles, 14 TFL, 5 sacks, 4 FF, 1 FR, 5 pass break ups
2020: Opt Out due to Covid-19
Misc. Stats:

Accolades. 2017 USA Today High School All-American, 2018 First-team Freshmen All-American, 2019 Big Ten Linebacker of the Year, 2019 First-team All-Big Ten, 2019 First-team All-American, 2019 Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP

Injury History.

History. Five-star recruit from Harrisburg. Played both ways, as a Defensive End and Running Back, and also played basketball. Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Nike’s “The Opening”. He was a two-time letterman at Central Dauphin High School before transferring to Harrisburg High School for his final 2 years.

Strengths. Prototype size, muscular build. Elize athleticism (logged a 4.39 40, 34″ vert., 10’6″ broad at his pro day). Excellent range/chase down ability. Elite lateral ability to sidestep blockers and make a play on the ballcarrier. Can run with anyone, great feet. Has some extra juice when he’s blitzing, can explode through the line to the QB. Has pass rush ability (former DE). Massive and strong hands (11″). Wrap up tackler, who’s tackle radius makes up for mistakes with eyes. High motor player.

Weaknesses. A little raw. Instincts are still a work in progress. Arms are on the shorter side (31 1/4″) to play as an edge rusher. Wish he had a little more pop. Questionable hands. Rumors of questionable character and a Penn St cover up, that needs to be vetted.

Overview. He has the versatility to play any type of linebacker role you desire, and even adds some potential on the edge. Ideally, he’s a WILL that you can get creative with. He’s a three down guy right away, and immediately becomes one of your better players.

Evaluation based on. Michigan 19′, Memphis 19′, Minnesota 19′

Draft Projection: 1st Round Pick

Draft Grade: 6.93

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