Micah Parsons was the first linebacker picked in the 2021 NFL draft. The Dallas Cowboys scooped up Parsons with the 12th pick after a trade that gave the Philadelphia Eagles the 10th pick in the draft in exchange for the 12th and 84th picks. With that trade, Dallas selected Parsons, who was the top-rated defensive player on the board, at No. 12 after the Eagles and Chicago Bears went with offensive players at No. 10 (DeVonta Smith) and No. 11 (Justin Fields). The move worked well for Dallas.
Parsons was not the preseason favorite to win accolades as NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Year. The nod for the award went to Jamin Davis, who the Washington Football Team selected at No. 19 in the draft.
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
Davis is no longer on the list of players being considered for Defensive Rookie of the Year. That doesn’t mean he can’t work his way back into the rankings because he has been getting more playing time than he had been at the start of the season. Any way you look at it, it seems as if expectations were too high for the raw talent of Davis in the preseason picks. He has talent, but he’s more of a project than he is a rookie phenom.
The Washington Football Team takes, at No. 19, #Kentucky LB Jamin Davis, maybe the fastest rising player during this pre-draft process. From 4th-5th rounder in October to first rounder now.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 30, 2021
It’s going to take a miracle or a catastrophe to knock Parsons from his perch atop the Defensive Rookie of the Year odds. In his Thursday Night Football performance against the New Orleans Saints, Parsons notched five tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and two QB hits. According to ESPN, “Parsons is the 1st player with 70 tackles and 10.0 sacks through his team’s 1st 12 games since James Harrison in 2010. He’s on pace for over 100 tackles and 14.0 sacks this season. The last player to do both was Bruce Smith in 1993.” Smith went into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2009. Harrison retired in 2018 as a five-time Pro Bowl selection.
Micah Parsons is the 1st player with 70 tackles and 10.0 sacks through his team's 1st 12 games since James Harrison in 2010.
He's on pace for over 100 tackles and 14.0 sacks this season. The last player to do both was Bruce Smith in 1993. pic.twitter.com/Sj69rry0az
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 3, 2021
Parsons looks like a potential star for the Cowboys and a player who could contend for Defensive Player of the Year in the years following his rookie campaign.
Parsons had a great November. He earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month with 6.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hits, eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and 25 tackles. His performance against the Saints set the table for another big month for the former Penn State player.
Patrick Surtain II
Surtain’s odds to win Defensive Rookie of the Year have not increased all that much over his preseason +1200, but he has moved up the board. Surtain, who was picked at No. 9 by the Denver Broncos, was at No. 7 at the start of the season. Today, he is the only player who might have a chance, albeit incredibly slim, to knock Parsons from the top of the hill.
.@PatSurtainll has a legitimate shot at making the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
Among AFC cornerbacks he is:
— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) December 2, 2021
Surtain has 31 tackles and three interceptions playing cornerback for the Broncos heading into Week 13 of the NFL season.
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