Cowboys Draft Micah Parsons at No. 12 | Team Fit and What to Expect


With the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft , the Cowboys draft Micah Parsons, linebacker out of Penn State. Micah Parsons is an absolute animal. He opted out this past season, and he didn’t need to show NFL scouts anything more. One of the best linebacker prospects in a while, Parsons will join a Cowboys team that will put him on center stage for years to come.

Micah Parsons Highlights

Micah Parsons NFL Draft Profile and Stats

Micah Parsons
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 245 lbs
Age: 21
College: Penn State Nittany Lions

Micah Parsons 2019 Stats

Total Tackles: 109
Solo Tackles: 52
Tackles for Loss: 14
Sacks: 5

Forced Fumbles: 4
Interceptions: 0
Passes Defended: 5
Credit: Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Micah Parsons Draft Profile


  • Quick and powerful
  • Agility of running back with speed of a corner
  • Efficient in blitz situations
  • Superb body control
  • Athletic freak


  • Lack of patience at times
  • Bricks for hands
  • Has trouble with running backs running downhill
  • Major attitude issues

What to Expect From Micah Parsons in 2021

When Patrick Surtain and Jaycee Horn came off the board, the Cowboys decided to move down in the draft, even trading with their rivals, the Eagles, to do so. Obviously, their lack of talent at the corner position was their biggest need. Defense in general has been an issue for the Cowboys for over a decade now and they hope Parsons can help solidify their defense.

While Parsons is a fantastic player, it’s tough to see how this pick makes sense. Yes, Parsons is an absolute beast, but Dallas already has two outstanding linebackers in Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith. Outside of cornerback, defensive line is also of concern as well. This pick tells Cowboys fans that they will likely either be using one or more linebackers to rush the quarterback, or will be blitzing more. With this defensive line and secondary, they need Micah Parsons and these linebackers to find the quarterback and fast.

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