Penn State Football’s Micah Parsons to attend NFL Draft in Cleveland

Micah Parsons (11) sings the Penn State fight song (Image via York Daily Record)
Micah Parsons (11) sings the Penn State fight song (Image via York Daily Record) /

Penn State Football’s Micah Parsons is expected to have his name called early in the NFL Draft later this month, and when he does, he’ll be in the house to hear it.

Parsons has been invited to, and will attend the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland later this month, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Parsons, viewed by many inside the NFL as one of the premier defensive prospects and the top linebacker in this class, has a legitimate chance to be chosen in the top-10 when the NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday, April 29.

In two seasons in Happy Valley, Parsons produced 191 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, forced six fumbles and broke up five passes.

“He can be a game-changer,” a long-time NFL personnel executive tells VictoryBellRings, on the condition of anonymity so he could speak freely on Parsons as he still consults for several teams. “Devin White, who I loved coming out of LSU, Micah is a much better prospect than him. Devin was very athletic, very fast, you see it on the NFL level.”

In front of evaluators from 31 teams, including NY Giants head coach Joe Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, as well as Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, Parsons showed during Penn State Football’s pro day that he has every bit of the athleticism and explosiveness to be a top draft choice.

Parsons ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds, produced a 39.5-inch vertical leap and a 134″ broad jump during the Nittany Lions’ pro day.

A plug and play starter at the next level with the versatility to play inside linebacker or rush the passer off the edge, Parsons is going to be the centerpiece of some defense when the 2021 season begins.

First, though, he’ll get to pull on a cap with his new team’s logo, and pull in NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for a bro-hug on stage in Cleveland on draft night.

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