NY Giants mock draft 2021: Micah Parsons and help for Daniel Jones in 3-round projection

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Oct 26, 2019; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Brian Lewerke (14) runs the ball in front of Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during the second half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Round 1, pick No. 5: Micah Parsons, LB – Penn State

An elite playmaker at inside linebacker, whose natural position is at defensive end, Parsons has the chance to anchor the Giants’ front-seven and provide immediate help for one of the NFL’s least productive pass rushes.

Not only does Parsons quickly get downhill and into the backfield with speed and explosiveness, but he’s a sideline-to-sideline defender with the athletic ability to make plays in the open field.

Prior to opting out this season out of COVID-19 concerns and to begin preparing for the NFL Draft, produced 99 solo tackles, 6.5 sacks, forced six fumbles and recovered one in two seasons in Happy Valley.

Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham could deploy Parsons all over the field, either maximizing his ability to be a heat-seeking missile when blitzing up the a-gap or utilizing his cover-skills by dropping him against tight ends or running backs. The combination of Parsons and Blake Martinez could be a formidable and productive one for the Giants.

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