LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
The consensus No. 1 linebacker in this year’s class, Parsons became an All-America at inside linebacker as a sophomore at Penn State, despite arriving in Happy Valley as a five-star prospect and one of the nation’s premier high school defensive ends.
At 6-foot-3 and 244 pounds, Parsons checks all the boxes defensive coordinators look for; he gets downhill quickly, tremendous instincts, a nose for the football, and game-altering closing speed after running the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds.
Parsons would have the opportunity to start immediately either alongside Blake Martinez at inside linebacker or vault to the top of the pass rush rotation opposite Kyler Fackrell.
Pro Football Focus lists Parsons as the most complete linebacker the outlet has ever graded ahead of an NFL Draft, giving him a 94.8 run-defense grade, a 91.4 pass-rushing grade, and credits Parsons with just 11 missed tackles in 198 attempts.
If Parsons is on the board when the Giants are on the clock, his marriage of production and pedigree are going to be tough to pass up.