It's safe to say that Dallas Cowboys' defensive rookie Micah Parsons has been living up to the hype he received heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. He has been making an impact all over the field this season and recently joined legendary linebacker James Harrison with his latest line of elite statistics.
Parsons is on pace to match the season totals of a player that won the Defensive Player of the Year Award and was placed on the NFL All-Pro first team. That statement alone should prove how easily Parsons has been able to enhance his skills at the professional level.
There's a reason Parsons leads all candidates for the Defensive Rookie of the Year with -2000 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. He could be the first defensive player since Bruce Smith to finish the regular season with at least 100 tackles and 14.0 sacks. The Hall of Famer accomplished the feat back in 1993.
While Parsons may be a lock to take home the honors amongst the rookies, it may be time to start putting his name in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation. The former Penn State standout currently leads the league in tackles for loss (16) and has also added 2 forced fumbles, 2 pass breakups and 25 quarterback hits to his resume so far.
Parsons ability to rush the passer or drop into coverage has given defensive coordinator Dan Quinn a versatile weapon to work with. The 22-year-old will look to grab a sack in his sixth straight contest when the Cowboys take on the Washington Football Team in Week 14 of the NFL season.
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