In Mel Kiper’s latest NFL mock draft over at ESPN, he sends linebacker Micah Parsons to the Denver Broncos with the ninth overall pick. That addition would clearly be a huge boost to the Broncos defense at inside linebacker and be an anchor there in the post-Von Miller era - an era that is rapidly approaching for Broncos Country.
9. Denver Broncos
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Is pass-rusher Von Miller going to return to the Broncos? What about free-agent safety Justin Simmons? This defense could look very different in Year 3 under Vic Fangio. I thought about a cornerback here, but I see linebacker as the bigger position to upgrade, and Parsons could play inside or outside. I see him more as an inside linebacker for a 3-4 defense, but his versatility would be a fit for any type of defense. Parsons, who opted out of the 2020 season, was a force at Penn State in 2019, with 109 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles. He has some upside as a pass-rusher.
The only issue here is over character concerns. There have been some disturbing allegations surrounding Parsons during his time at Penn State. If Parsons is going to be a Top 10 pick, those allegations would need to be investigated and vetted long before a team like the Broncos takes that kind of risk on a supremely talented player like Parsons.
Given these concerns, would you still like to see the Broncos land Micah Parsons with that ninth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft?
Would you like the Micah Parsons pick at #9?
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