Penn State Football linebacker Micah Parsons was drafted 12th by America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys and boy was he excited.
While most players drafted remained relatively calm throughout the night, Micah Parsons was the first player to show a ton of emotion when his name was called.
The Dallas Cowboys, initially slated to draft #10, traded back with NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles, picking up a third rounder in the process. While the Eagles drafted the Alabama WR Devonta Smith, Dallas needed help for the retiring Sean Lee. What batter way to pass the torch than to draft another standout linebacker from Linebacker U.
Parsons will likely be slated as the opening day starter for the defense lacking Cowboys. Given this opportunity, there’s a decent chance Micah Parsons will be a favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year. He’ll have his hands full with a relatively experience but injury riddled linebacking corps in Dallas with Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame) and Leighton Vander Esch (Boise State) both having shown flashes but lots of inconsistencies.
Micah Parsons sat out this year but stated that if the season wasn’t initially cancelled, he’d have been playing, almost assuring the Nittany Lions wouldn’t have started the season off so poorly.
Parsons joins fellow Penn Stater Connor McGovern on the Dallas Cowboys team that finished 6-10 last year, finishing one game behind NFC East winners Washington Football Team, but playing the majority of the season without their starting QB, Dak Prescott.
Enjoy the “Parsons Pounce” below and hopefully Roger Goodell has some Tylenol available back stage!