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Micah Parsons video breakdown: What makes this Cowboys rookie special, and what he still needs to work on

The Cowboys certainly struck gold when they drafted Micah Parsons, and we look at why.

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Things could have certainly gone different for the Dallas Cowboys way back in the draft this year. Everybody knows the Cowboys were focused on getting a cornerback with their first-round pick, but once Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II were off the board, Dallas had to adjust on the fly. That adjustment may turn out o be one of the best decisions this franchise has ever made. That’s because Micah Parsons has been that good, and he is only a rookie.

One of the most fascinating things about Parsons is the fact that he can play anywhere on the defense. We’ve seen him rush the passer from the middle of the line like a defensive tackle, rush the passer from the edge, play the run as an off-the-ball linebacker, and even drop deep into coverage and make plays like a cornerback or safety. Dan Quinn literally uses Parsons all over the field.

And it’s not like he is just doing okay at that, Parsons is exceling. He is the Defensive Rookie of the Year in almost everyone’s book, and with a strong finish could make a push for Defensive Player of the Year.

Our good friend Samuel Gold did a video breakdown on Parsons that we thought we’d share. Here is Gold’s description:

In the most recent NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys really wanted a cornerback. Their pass coverage was garbage a season ago and so a cornerback was desperately needed to help them in that front; however, both of the top two players were taken before their pick. Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain were taken at number 8 and number 9, respectively. Instead of getting one of them, the Cowboys decided to trade down and take another defensive player anyways. They took Micah Parsons, an off-ball linebacker out of Penn State.

In my latest video breakdown, I took a deep dive into Parsons’ rookie season. I wanted to see how well he was playing and where he could improve to get even better. The dude is REALLY good. I love how he can cover up the seam in his hook/curl responsibilities, but also can use a speed-rip around the edge, while also using his hands to shed blocks. He’s going to be a very important player for the Dallas Cowboys’ defense for a very long time. Also, I think he’s this season’s defensive rookie of the year.

Here is the video. Enjoy!