SportsDay’s columnists and Cowboys insiders grade the Cowboys first-round pick of Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons.
Calvin WatkinsGrade: A
The Cowboys missed out on both top corners, a scenario that wasn’t expected, despite what the Cowboys might say, yet, they found the best inside linebacker in the draft class.
Micah Parsons plays with a feistiness the team likes and while there was a major off-the-field issue at Penn State, it’s not something to worry about long-term. Parsons brings competition to the linebacker group and versatility where he can become a rush end.
David MooreGrade: B
Will the first round pick of Micah Parsons resonate with fans the way CeeDee Lamb did last year? No. But the Cowboys added speed and aggressiveness to a defense that lacks those qualities and added an extra third-round pick in the process.
Michael GehlkenGrade: B
The Cowboys made the best of an “F” situation when the top cornerbacks went ahead of them, trading back and adding a third-round pick before adding defensive help. But I am worried about this locker room’s ability to support a rookie Parsons. To whom will he gravitate?
Kevin SherringtonGrade: B-minus
Getting an extra third highlighted the Cowboys’ first round. Parsons shows flash, and he’ll eventually replace Jaylon or LVE, but character questions loom. Rather have Slater, the OT.
John OwningGrade: C-plus
With Surtain and Horn off the board, the Cowboys are able to get the most talented defender on available while netting an extra third-round pick.
Parsons is supremely athletic and talented but is inexperienced at the LB position and shows it. My biggest gripe with the pick is the positional value, as I think Dallas was already over invested in the LB position coming into the draft
Tim CowlishawGrade: C
Micah Parsons could prove himself worthy of a higher grade with his play. But the disappointment comes from missing out on either of two cornerbacks who were of more immediate need in today’s trigger-happy NFL.