Chicago Bears: Big Ten prospects to watch during 2020 season

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3. LB Micah Parsons, Penn State

Ask anyone who the best linebacker for the 2021 NFL Draft is and they’ll tell you it’s Micah Parsons from Penn State. For many, with Roquan Smith playing at a high level, there’s no need to draft a linebacker, however, with the noticeable decline of veteran Danny Trevathan, who signed a three-year extension during the 2020 offseason, the Bears may have to add a linebacker at some point in 2021.

For many, Parsons is the best linebacker prospect since come out since the Bears drafted Smith back in 2018. Throughout his college career, he’s played in multiple spots on the defense while also showcasing the ability to dropback in coverage if needed. His biggest asset is his speed, which immediately jumps out on film.

As a sophomore in 2019, Parsons had 109 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and five sacks. Due to the shortened season, some of his production will slightly decline in 2020, however, his 2019 numbers show that when he plays a full season, he’s capable of playing at a high level.

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The reality is that Parsons is a prototypical NFL linebacker whose impact will seen immediately upon entering the NFL. Right now, he’s a surefire first-round pick, however, what his true draft projection is, is yet to be seen.