In the history of the NFL, there have been some tremendous seasons turned in by rookies. Two examples that quickly come to mind are the season put up by Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss in 1998 and the mind-boggling performance by Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson in 1983. Obviously, there are many more, but these are two that I remember vividly. It’s time to see if the Dallas Cowboys can put a player on the list. On April 29, 2021, at the NFL draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke the following words, which all Cowboys fans hope will foreshadow greatness,
With the 12th pick in the 2021 draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Micah Parsons, linebacker, Penn State University.
If hype and talent are any indicators at all, then Parsons has a chance to catapult his career this upcoming season as a rookie. At 6’3″, 245lbs, and running a 4.39 40 yard dash, Parsons has every physical took necessary to take the league by storm. He is also a product of “Linebacker U.”
The name was given to Penn State years ago for producing some of the most impactful linebackers in league history. Here are a few of the plays at Penn State that made many teams rate him as the best defensive player in the draft.
Parsons immediately becomes the best player on a poor defense and will be moved around to maximize his ability to get to the ball. While making the all-time NFL list for rookie seasons would be amazing, Parsons must first contend with the greatest Cowboys rookie seasons.
Let’s see what he’s up against and consider his chances to crack the top-5 of all-time Cowboys rookies. Here is my list.