It’s over. It’s done. There are still four weeks left to go in the regular season, but the Defensive Rookie of the Year award has already been won. Dallas Cowboys defender Micah Parsons is the winner. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Parsons is a -10000 favorite to win the award right now. There’s a big reason for that.

What statistic especially shows why Parsons has run away with the award in such a unique way?

Parsons is an interesting study when it comes to sacks and pressure on the Quarterback. He was not drafted as an EDGE rusher, but he has gotten plenty of reps there because of injuries on the Dallas defensive line. Accordingly, he has a lot more variety in the box scores than a “normal” rookie linebacker.

In the last twenty seasons, eight players who were considered one of an outside linebacker, defensive end, or EDGE have won the award. Those players are Chase Young, Nick Bosa, Joey Bosa, Aaron Donald, Von Miller, Shawne Merriman, Terrell Suggs, and Julius Peppers. Although, Donald is mostly considered an interior defensive lineman now.


Only five of those players recorded double-digit sacks in their rookie seasons. Through thirteen games, Parsons already has twelve sacks. Peppers and Suggs are the only two with twelve in their rookie season. No player in this span has had more than twelve. Suggs did it in sixteen games, and Peppers did it in twelve games.

That means that, as far as everything goes as planned, the Cowboys rookie defender will have the most sacks as a rookie for any winner of the award since 2000.

There’s some ridiculously impressive company for this award. Only makes it even more mind-boggling that Parsons has done this while playing multiple positions. His defensive value is through the roof even as a first-year player.

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