Parsons sat out the 2020 season amid COVID-19 concerns, but that did nothing to impact the stock of perhaps the best defensive player in this class.
The 2019 All-American recorded 109 total tackles and five sacks as a sophomore, emerging as one of the Big Ten's most dominant forces. Parsons, who is listed at 6'3" and 246 pounds, is also considered one of the best athletes in this class, capable of covering the entire field against the run and pass.
"Parsons might emerge as the best defensive player in the draft when it's all said and done," NFL Network's Bucky Brooks said in February. "He is a freak athlete with explosive strength, power and speed. As an A+ blitz specialist with a nasty disposition, Parsons could play at a superstar level early in his career in the right system."
While the year off may wind up giving Parsons a little rust when he returns to the field, Dallas undoubtedly expects him to step in from Week 1 as an every-down linebacker.
Parsons was ranked No. 11 by ESPN's Mel Kiper on his final board as the top defensive player in the 2021 class.
Where Parsons fits on the field will be a choice the Cowboys will have to make once camp begins. Despite not racking up the stats and being more of a rangy 4-3 outside linebacker type in college, it's possible his explosion off the edge could translate into a double-digit sack season or two.
Here is the latest depth chart going into 2021.
LDE: Demarcus Lawrence, Bradlee Anae
DT: Neville Gallimore, Justin Hamilton
DT: Trysten Hill, Antwaun Woods
RDE: Carlos Watkins, Randy Gregory, Dorance Armstrong
OLB: Micah Parsons
MLB: Leighton Vander Esch, Francis Bernard
OLB: Jaylon Smith, Luke Gifford
CB: CJ Goodwin, Rashard Robinson
CB: Trevon Diggs, Deante Burton
CB: Jourdan Lewis, Anthony Brown
FS: Keanu Neal, Reggie Robinson II
SS: Donovan Wilson, Jayron Kearse
The Cowboys already have two quality linebackers in Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith, but Parsons provides a different perspective with his athleticism. He could play as a pass-rusher or drop into coverage, likely becoming a three-down player before too long.
At the very least, Dallas will have a good "problem" in finding ways to utilize Parsons' versatility.