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Cowboys' Micah Parsons Says He's Excited to Be a 'Rambo Player' at Middle LB

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2021

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons walks down the runway after the was chosen with the twelfth overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
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Micah Parsons is ready to be a "force" for the Dallas Cowboys after the NFC East team selected him with the No. 12 overall pick of the 2021 NFL draft. 

"I'm just coordinating and being a dominant force," Parsons said of the chance to play middle linebacker, per Jori Epstein of USA Today. "They wouldn't put me there if they didn't have a need at Mike. Mike linebacker, you get the chance to be a force. You get to be a Rambo player. You get to match up on running backs … Great chance to play in the box, and I think that is what I do best."

He could play alongside Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch as the Cowboys look to stabilize their defense and bounce back from last season's 6-10 record.

Adding Parsons is an ideal way to do just that.

While he opted out of the 2020 campaign because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he tallied 109 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks, five passes defended, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during the 2019 season for Penn State.

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He can pursue ball-carriers from sideline-to-sideline, drop back into pass coverage and blitz at times.

That should help Dallas improve on a defense that finished the 2020 season an ugly 28th in the league in points allowed per game.

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