A whole host of NFL stars have gathered in Florida this weekend for the 2024 Pro Bowl Games. The revamped format of this annual showcase includes many new events, including a Madden competition to earn points for the winning conference.
Dallas Cowboys stud Micah Parsons was selected to participate in the 2 v. 2 Madden showdown this year with Los Angeles Rams rookie Puka Nacua as his teammate for the NFC side.
While Parsons and Nakua battled against the AFC's Tyreek Hill and David Njoku, Dallas' superstar made an intriguing comment about the Rams' budding wideout.
According to Turf Show Times, during the Madden event Parsons openly questioned the Cowboys about passing on Nacua during the 2023 draft. Parsons apparently said, “Hey Dallas, what was going on in the fifth round?”
Now, this could've just been in a joking matter. After all, every other NFL team has probably asked the same question to themselves following Nacua's record-breaking season.
That being said, it's interesting to see Parsons putting a little heat on the Cowboys, especially amid the speculation around his future with the team.
This could also be viewed as Parsons taking a slight dig at offensive tackle Asim Richards, who was selected with Dallas' fifth-round pick this past draft. Richards went 169th overall, while Nacua didn't come off of the board until 177th. Nacua then had one of the best rookie WR seasons in history with 105 receptions, 1,486 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Richards didn't enjoy nearly as much success. He made just eight appearances during his first NFL season and played in a higher percentage of the Cowboys' special teams snaps (19%) than their offensive ones (7%).
Of course, hindsight is always 20-20. It's tough to blame Dallas too much for missing a dart throw on Day 3 of the draft. There's also no telling if Nacua would put up the same numbers in Big D as more of a supporting option than featured weapon.
Still, the what-if of Nacua being on the Cowboys remains a fascinating hypothetical.
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