5. Micah Parsons– OLB/ILB (PSU)
Micah Parsons – Most people in the sports world would consider Penn State University LBU! some of the most elite talented linebackers have come out of Penn State University. All-American linebackers such as LaVar Arrington, Paul Posluszny, Shane Conlan, Jack Ham, Dan Connor, Sean Lee, and Brandon Short.
Micah Parsons has the ability and potential to be better than them all. He is the best linebacker prospect since Luke Kuechly. The 6’3 244-pound OLB is projected to be a versatile star on the next level. The All-American is very athletic for a linebacker his size and has the speed and coverage skills to match up against a tight end or covering a running back out the backfield. Parsons is a phenomenal enforcer in his run support game, which is one of his strongest points of his game. He has an elite pursuit for speed from sideline to sideline. He has extraordinary athletic ability. He has great coverage range whether he is in the zone coverage or covering a tight end up the field. His instincts are incredible, and he diagnose plays instinctively which means his football IQ is extremely high. He is great at rushing the passer, knows how to dip his shoulders to avoid lineman getting their hands on him. He can change direction at the drop of a dime. He has the versatility to play at the mike, in the slot, or play coming from the edge. He does a superlative job of fending off contact with his forearm, which allows him to maintain his integrity. He is a hellacious menacing blitzer who consistently makes tackles in the backfield which makes him an abominable person to blocked. He carries elite speed downhill which allows him to stuff the run and play threw his gaps assignments. He also has great short area quickness along with body control which allows him to maneuver blockers.
There are not too many holes in his game. He tends to bite and play – action plays but that can be corrected along with sometimes overrunning plays, but all those situations can be corrected.
Micah Parsons is the complete package at linebacker, with the ability to play both the inside and outside. The combination of his athleticism, speed, and the ability to stop the run and pass makes him the number one LB prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft.
6. Shaun Wade – CB (OSU)
Shaun Wade– With a secondary that recently lost Jeff Okudah, Damon Arnette, and Jordan Fuller. Shaun Wade seems to be most likely the next elite cornerback to come out of Ohio State. The 6’1, 194-pound corner always seems to be in the right position at the right time. He plays with assertiveness, never caught out of position. He is an excellent tackle in open space and can be inserted in blitz packages as well coming off the edge. Last season he had four sacks which is a great deal number of sacks for a cornerback. Wade plays with loose hips which shows he has great ability to change direction, meaning his read and recognition skills are one of his strongest point and aspect of his game. The combination of those talents makes it easy for him to click and close on plays with great instincts. He can transition well out of his backpedal and can mirror wide receivers down the field.
At times Wade struggles a bit at ball location and getting his head turn around to play the ball.
He normally plays the man versus tracking down the football.
Wade is a combination of a hybrid safety and cornerback in my opinion. With his athletic ability and instincts, Wade’s ability to scan the field, read, and recognize plays that develop in front of him is very proficient in his game. If he can improve his traveling skills as a corner meaning lining up in the slot or on the outside and learning how to stay in the hip pockets of the wide receiver he has the potential to be an elite cornerback at the next level.