There’s no doubts about Dallas Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons. He’s in the middle of an incredible rookie season, and a virtual lock for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
He has been the front runner for the better part of the season. Other rookies like Patrick Surtain, Odafe Oweh and Greggory Rousseu are having good rookie season’s of their own, but Parsons has been so dominant, it’s made these players fight for 2nd place.
Now that the Cowboys are 10 games into the season, it’s time to move the conversation forward. I tweeted out a point recently about his season, and there’s validity to it.
Players like Myles Garrett, TJ Watt, Aaron Donald , and Cowboys corner Trevon Diggs are all favorites to win. They have a huge head start, but where we’re at a point in the season where we need to add his name.
His stats would be impressive for a player, rookie or not. Considering he’s a rookie, they’re even more impressive when paired with the other candidates:
- Myles Garrett: 37 tackles, 13 sacks (leads NFL), 14 tackles for loss (2nd in NFL), 2 pass break-ups
- Trevon Diggs: 32 tackles, 8 interceptions (leads NFL), 13 pass break-ups (2nd in NFL)
- TJ Watt: 39 tackles, 12.5 sacks (2nd in NFL), 13 tackles for loss (3rd in NFL), 4 pass break-ups, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries
- Aaron Donald: 45 tackles, 6 sacks, 9 tackles for loss, 3 pass break-ups, 1 forced fumble
Not only is Parsons playing at an elite level this early in his career, but he’s doing it playing multiple positions. The Dallas Cowboys rookie defender has played games primarily as an inside linebacker or edge rusher, and some having to do both.
Micah Parsons breaking ankles, this is just nasty man! pic.twitter.com/HI8LRhl09h— Kevin Gray Jr. (@KevinGraySports) November 14, 2021
His effectiveness to play across the defense is reminiscent of Khalil Mack. Mack’s 2015 season was special, being named All-Pro as both an edge rusher and linebacker. That season, Mack had 15 sacks, 23 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 2 pass break-ups.
Parsons has already tied 2 of these areas, and is on pace for 14 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss. This would put him right on par, even moving past that historic season.
To date, the only player to ever win the award as a rookie is Lawrence Taylor in 1981. Ironic, considering Parsons’ is receiving early comparisons to the Hall of Famer. It might be time to make those comparisons even closer.
Parsons still has a ways to go, but he’s climbing the list as the season goes along. His value to this defense is obvious enough, and the numbers he’s putting up reflect it.
Harvey Martin is the only Dallas Cowboys player to ever win the award. It looks like that will change. There’s no doubt that in the next 2-4 seasons, Parsons will win the award at least once. However, it’s not too hard to imagine that he can win it in 2021. Especially if he continues to play as he is.