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Did Micah Parsons just run into the Top 5?

Micah Parsons is considered on many draft boards to be the top defensive prospect in the NFL Draft and definitely the top linebacker.

NFL Draft Database has Parsons as the No. 13 best prospect in the draft, but Parsons may have just seen his stock skyrocket with a blistering 4.39 40 yard dash at his pro day.

The initial time was 4.41, but Penn State later updated the time as an official 4.39. That’s faster than the average cornerback time at the NFL Combine, and Parsons is listed at 245 pounds.

That time, along with his terrific production at Penn State, will open the eyes of the teams drafting high in the Top 10, including the Atlanta Falcons.

Linebacker and wide receiver may be the two positions that the Falcons least need to upgrade in the draft this year, but if the old best player available mentality takes place, Parsons will definitely be under consideration.

Parson posted nearly 200 tackles in two seasons at Penn State including 14 tackles for loss in 2019. Pairing Deion Jones’ speed with Parsons’ size and speed would be mouth-watering to any defensive coordinator. 

Ideally, the Falcons could find a trade parter, say the Eagles at No. 6 and pick up several extra high round picks and take a luxury player like Parsons while filling needs at safety, offensive and defensive line. 

The Falcons likely won’t pick Parsons at No. 4, but having another elite prospect move up the draft board makes their pick that much more valuable should they decide to trade down.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at Scout.com, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.

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