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Parsons to the Patriots? McShay has LB going to New England at No. 15

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Micah Parsons

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay came out with his latest mock draft this morning, and he sees Penn State star linebacker Micah Parsons dropping out of the top 10 and going to the New England Patriots with the No. 15 overall pick.

Parsons has been widely considered to be a top 10 pick, but this is another major mock draft that has him dropping a bit. We wrote this last week about Sports Illustrated’s NFL Draft Bible dropping Parsons to No. 18, citing “off-field concerns,” which apparently stem from Parsons’ alleged role in the Isaiah Humphries lawsuit.

McShay didn’t mention anything about off-field concerns with Parsons in his mock draft comment. This is what McShay wrote:

“I’m watching for the Patriots to add a quarterback via free agency or trade this offseason — maybe Jimmy Garoppolo — and potentially take a close look at the Day 2 options at the position. But with the top five off the board, another need matches up with some great value in the form of Parsons. The Penn State do-it-all linebacker opted out in 2020, but he can make plays in coverage, shoot gaps as a run-stopper, chase down ball carriers and even get home on the QB as a pass-rusher. I love his game.”

There’s a good website called NFL Mock Draft Database that compiles a lot of different mocks for players. As you can see by clicking here, Parsons’ stock has dropped a bit slowly over time.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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