2021 Devy Prospect Previews: LBs Micah Parsons (Penn State) and Dylan Moses (Alabama)
Devy Disclaimer: I only take a quick look at some game tape and review background data on each prospect – it’s a very preliminary look that I could change my mind on with deeper study a year later when these prospects do hit the college all-star bowl games and work the NFL Combine and Pro Days. I don’t have all the data, today, that I need/want for a comprehensive scouting and I’m not taking anywhere near a full amount of time to tape preview -- I’m giving a knee jerk scouting reaction from a basic intro to the player. The good news is…I’m better at this (scouting) than anyone in the world, so my quick eye test is better than the echo chamber’s/football media’s studies – so, I’m your best hope for an initial preview…but don’t write any of this in stone…it’s early with limited data and a whole season of info/tape/data to come on these guys.
OLB/ILB Micah Parsons (Penn State)
2019: 109 total tackles, 52 solo tackles, 14.0 TFLs, 5.0 sacks, 5 PDs, 4 FFs (13g)
Preview Grade = A-
I was expecting to see a big-time interior linebacker, but I think I saw a very nice/possibly great outside linebacker more than classic interior guy. Really great feet…excellent burst, chases/pursues well, but makes many plays run/pass blitzing versus reading plays and stuffing the interior – thus the lower solo tackles and elevated TFLs, sacks, etc. He’s a 3-4 ILB or 4-3 OLB. He’s going to be good wherever they put him because he can really move around the field and tackle, chase, cover. His IDP stats will be more TFL and sack than a monster tackle accumulator it looks like.
Reminds me of: If Myles Jack were better and could tackle properly.
OLB/ILB Dylan Moses (Alabama)
2019: (injured/DNP), 2018: 86 total tackles, 45 solo, 10.0 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 1 PDs (15g)
Preview Grade = C+
Lost his entire 2019 season to a knee injury…that hurts his NFL prospects big-time. He’s often listed as an ILB, but he looks like more of an OLB (for the NFL) to me. Good speed, very good agility to adjust to ballcarriers coming at him. Too easily blocked out of plays on the interior. Makes a lot of plays blitzing (run or pass), not as much of true/classic ILB patrolling the middle player as I thought he’d be for the NFL. Has skills and size to bulk up to in order to be an NFL interior LB, but 4-3 OLB seems like a best fit if he’s truly all the way back from his knee injury.
Reminds me of: Roquan Smith…but one coming off an ACL, so the picture is muddy right now.
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