Micah Parsons had a rookie season for the ages. The Dallas Cowboys‘ star defender earned first-team All-Pro honors and was in contention for Defensive Player of the Year honors during his first season as a pro.

That was right after Parsons opted out of his final season on the collegiate level. Despite the season away, Parsons flourished on the big stage. There is no doubt that he is one of the most talented players in the NFL already.

Pro Football Focus certainly agrees. PFF included Parsons in their preseason PFF50 rankings — which includes the top-50 players entering the 2022 season. The national media outlet tabs the centerpiece of the Dallas Cowboys’ defense as a top-30 player in the league.

Parsons lands at No. 29 overall in the PFF rankings. He comes in as the No. 1 linebacker in football, which is high praise for the rising second-year star. The All-Pro ranks higher in the rankings than Ja’Marr Chase, Fred Warner, and Stefon Diggs.

It is evident that Micah Parsons has already established himself as one of the premier players in the National Football League. His ability to impact the game as a pass rusher and as a standard linebacker is second-to-none.

Parsons ran away with the Defensive Rookie of the Year and was in the thick of the race for Defensive Player of the Year for much of the season. TJ Watt ultimately won the award, but Parsons made a serious push to earn the honor as a rookie.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has pushed all of the right buttons when it comes to utilizing Parsons’ abilities. Offenses have no idea where Parsons will line up, and that helped lead to several takeaways last season.

Micah Parsons is a star that is only going to get better. Expect him to climb even higher on the list for the 2023 season.

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