NFL Draft 2021: ‘I Don’t Like This Pick’: NFL Analyst Criticizes Cowboys Selection of Micah Parsons

Published 05/01/2021, 7:53 AM EDT
Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Micah Persons (Penn State) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Dallas Cowboys as the number 12 overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Micah Parsons is the newest member of the Dallas Cowboys. The Penn State linebacker went to the Cowboys as the 12th overall pick in the draft. Parsons was clearly brought in to reinforce the Dallas Cowboys’ poor defense. Their struggles during the regular season last year were primarily because of how weak they were on the defensive end. However, one NFL analyst isn’t a fan of this selection.

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NFL analyst Pete Prisco spoke about the Dallas Cowboys selecting Micah Parsons. He noted that he wasn’t a big fan of the move. He believes that the Cowboys made this move because of their poor defensive record last year. Players like Jalen Smith and Leighton Vander Esch have struggled with consistency and injuries respectively. Vander Esch especially has had injuries to his neck, which is a major concern.

Dec 20, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) reacts after an interception against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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“I don’t like this pick, but this is maybe sending a message that – we know their linebackers didn’t do well last year. Jalen Smith dropped off in production. Leighton Vender Esch has been injury-plagued and I think that is the concern, Leighton Vender Esch. I don’t think he’s healthy enough, he’s had some neck injuries and that’s always concerning.” 

Micah Parsons – Not the right fit for Dallas?

Prisco added that the Cowboys selecting Micah Parsons shows that the Cowboys are looking to upgrade their defensive unit. However, Prisco believes the Cowboys could have made a different selection, and he doesn’t think they made the right decision. He does understand that the Cowboys felt they had very little choice because all the top corners were off the board. But they should have selected an offensive lineman instead.

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“So this tells me that they want to upgrade the guys who played last year. I probably would have went in a different direction. I think they had a bunch of ways to go. The corners were off the board, so they clearly were not happy with that. But I probably would have drafted an offensive lineman here rather than take Micah Parsons.”

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Can Micah Parsons transform the Dallas Cowboys’ defense? He will need a few more defensive stalwarts around him in Dallas to find success. But Parsons is one of the most talented defensive prospects in this year’s draft. So he will have a strong chance to make a mark in the NFL.

 

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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