Micah Parsons: First round NFL draft?

Micah Parsons could become only the 11th football player from the Susquehanna Valley area to be drafted in the fist round of the NFL Draft Thursday night.

Parsons attended Central Dauphin and Harrisburg High Schools before attending Penn State University.

In 2019, Parsons as a linebacker for Penn State, was awarded the Defensive Player of the Game.

Parsons is the total package as a stack linebacker, with prototypical traits for the modern NFL. He has both the athleticism and the functional strength to stay on the field in any situation. His movement skills stand out; he’s a fast and fluid mover who locates the ball and gets there quickly. But unlike a lot of faster linebackers, Parsons also has legitimate take-on skills, thanks to functional strength and long arms.

He’ll stack and shed blocks and work his way through traffic to get to the ball. His length and athleticism give him a large tackle radius. He brings value in a few different ways on passing downs; his pure athleticism allows him to shadow even the most athletic tight ends in man coverage, and he’s instinctive when dropping into zone coverage. He’s even better as a blitzer, thanks to explosiveness off the snap, contact balance and closing speed. He would likely be a quality edge rusher if he lined up there regularly.

Video is Micah playing in Cotton Bowl, number 11.