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Is Micah Parsons the New Aaron Donald?

What a bold question I have here. Comparing a Rookie to one of the greatest defensive players of all time. What am I thinking? Well after Micah Parsons performance last season, it’s safe to say he is a great , but does he have what it takes to be at Aaron Donald’s level?

Before we begin, yes, I do know that Donald plays while Parsons plays Linebacker. Even with those differences, we can still the two in stats.

Let us first take a look at Donald’s first-year NFL stats. In 2014 Donald played a total of 16 games with 48 total tackles on the season. He also managed to chalk up 9 . Good season for Donald in his first year.

Now we can look at Parsons stats for his first season. Last season Parsons played 16 games with a total of 84 tackles. He also was able to grab 13 sacks. A much better jump in the first season for Parsons than Donald.

Now given these facts we can see that Parsons had a much more successful first year than Donald did. Does this mean it can continue though?

One of the main reasons that Parsons may have gotten a better first year than Donald did is because of the position he plays.

Micah Parsons can wait for his to open a hole for him to run through. While for Donald, he must separate the line himself and then run through it to get the sack. That would make it harder for Donald to get the sack and easier for Parsons to get the sacks. This is an important detail in the stat department.

So is Parsons at Donald’s level? No, I don’t believe so. He is still learning and it’s only his second year. Now is the potential there? I do think Parsons has it in him.

Parsons will be a very valuable player throughout the years to come and I think he will only get better. Donald is at his peak at the moment and nothing is stopping him.

We will be sure to keep an eye on Micah Parsons in the upcoming season. He is a very valuable weapon for any and within the next few years, we will see if Parsons can live up to Aaron Donald’s skill level and experience in the game.

Tony Stahl

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Hey there! My name is Tony Stahl. I have two passions, writing and football, when you put those two together you have where I am now, Inside the Star! I am 18 and live in Fort Worth and am a huge Cowboys fan. Football is my most favorite topic and I could talk your head off all day about it.

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Dan Johnston

Okay so you’re suggesting that Parsons got the majority of his sacks blitzing from the MLB position?? How on earth did you luck into this job if that is the kind of nonsense you write about?? I’m baffled by this. Can a real Cowboys fan help me out here??? Is this dude for real??

Akcowboyfan

By my count, at least 8 of parsons sacks were directly from DE or at least physically beating the block of an OL that outweighs him by 60+ lbs.

The other 5 were from LB position, besting a RB or TE.

So take it with a grain for salt, but he’s beating OL at least near AD level – the argument that AD is better because his 9 came lined up on OL doesn’t hold a ton of water.

Dan Johnston

Thank you, that’s exactly what I was asking. I watched a lot of Cowboys football last season. Way more than I usually watch and it was because of #11. And like anyone else who bothered to pay the bare minimum amount of attention, I recall the injuries and them needing him to fill in as a pass rusher. And I recall him creating all sorts of mayhem and havoc as a pass rusher. It was a sight to behold. I’m not saying he didn’t collect any sacks by the pick a hole and blitz from the MLB position method. I’m just saying I don’t remember them and I’m certain that’s not what anyone thinks of when they 1st hear Micah Parsons name and I’ve never heard anyone mention this until this very article.

Pg

This was poorly written and poorly analyzed. This would be more appropriate for grade school readers, not on this site.

Cowboys fan

If I’m not mistaken, Micah Parsons played a lot of edge rusher last season…. I think it was about 10 weeks worth cause of Demarcus Lawrence’s foot injury!! So if Micah played edge rusher for 10 weeks, then that means he played more edge rusher than LB!! I do know he switched positions quite a bit during that time, but he played more edge rusher than LB, and I do know that he got the majority of his sacks from the edge rusher position!! He got at least 8 or 9 of his sacks from that position, and only 4 or 5 from the LB position!! So a lot of this article is wrong!!

VAM

Really hard to compare these two, even “stats” (especially tackles) wise, simply because LBs typically will make more tackles. Sacks are a different matter. Now last year, because of injuries, Parsons also played at DE, a position more conducive to get sacks and he got a number of them from there. If he were to play exclusively at LB, it may be difficult to get 13 sacks, as that position requires other responsibilities. Donald on the other hand plays DT where it is typically harder to get sacks.

Bottomline, Donald has been a superior player for many years, HOF bound. Parsons, after a great rookie year, has an almost unlimited potential moving forward.

Roy C.

To compare Parson to Donald would be a hard sell this would cause for to much tweaking I think that you would be better served to ask if Parson has the talent to be a great player or LB but that those question have been already be answered during his rookie season he has the ability to be one of the very best LB that has ever played the game I’ll leave it at that

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