Micah Parsons doesn’t make sense at 11
There is so much anticipation for the New York Giants and their fans with the 2021 NFL Draft only a few days away because we know they could go in so many different directions with the 11th overall pick.
Peter King of NBC Sports has released his final mock draft and has the Giants using their first round pick on Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons.
11. New York Giants—Micah Parsons, OLB, Penn State
Last Giants’ first-round linebacker: Carl Banks, 1983. Okay, so once every 38 years a linebacker comes out who’s worth it. The Giants always do a good job disguising their intentions, and this year they’ve been particularly good. Three things I’ve heard: Joe Judge loves DeVonta Smith; the organization likes cornerback Jaycee Horn a lot; and Dave Gettleman loves Parsons. If you can get past some of the immature pockmarks on his résumé, there is so much to love. Easily the best linebacker in the draft, with the ability to be a top edge player and double as a sideline-to-sideline presence. Now, he’s only a one-year starter, didn’t play football last year, and the Giants will have to be comfortable with the fact he’s had maturity issues. Smith or Horn could easily be the pick here—Parsons is my best guess—but 4.36-in-the-40 linebackers are quite rare.
With the way Giants’ head coach Joe Judge runs things, I don’t think he wants anything to do with guys like Parsons who have red flags on their resumes.
I also think taking a linebacker this high is silly. Especially with Devonta Smith still on the board. King has him falling to the New England Patriots at 15.
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