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Former Penn State Linebacker Micah Parsons Earns Strong Praise from Jerry Jones

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Selected with the 12th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys clearly expected former Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons to be a key contributor in his NFL career. It’s fair to wonder however if the Cowboys expected him to be so good, so early in his career.

In three games as a rookie, even lining up as a defensive end at times, Parsons has accumulated 13 tackles (eight solo), 1.5 sacks and defended two passes so far. A high school defensive end converted to a linebacker at Penn State, he was an All-American in Happy Valley that was valued highly enough to be a high first-round pick — likely Top 10 if not sitting out for COVID-19 in 2020.

Already as a rookie, Parsons has played at defensive end to help with Cowboys star Demarcus Lawrence’s injury. And he’s excelled once again.

His immediate success has drawn praise from all over, including Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Jones complimented Parsons by saying, “He’s as pure as mother’s milk. He just basically steps out there and gives you everything he’s got. Nature gave him skills and, boy, does he know how to use them.”

A rookie capable of playing as a pass-rushing defensive end and an off-ball linebacker who can drop back into coverage, with a 6-foot-3, 245-pound frame, Parsons has almost limitless potential in the NFL. It’s clear already that the Cowboys landed perhaps the steal of the draft in Parsons with the 12th pick.

The Cowboys will be back in action Sunday, Oct. 3 against the unbeaten Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m.

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