4. Micah Parsons
Drafting a linebacker at No. 6 might send some Lions fans into a dark depression, but Parsons’ potential to be an elite playmaker might be tempting for Detriot’s coaching staff.
Parsons isn’t a classic middle linebacker who will be content to stuff the middle of the field against the run. He’s a dynamic athlete who can make plays blitzing the quarterback and dropping into coverage. The former Penn State star is just the sort of new-age linebacker that modern defenses like to build around.
Linebacker is a position of need for the Lions even if it’s not as profound as the wide receiver
quandary. Injecting Parsons into the position group would give the team’s defense a lot more playmaking and versatility right away.
Value says Detroit shouldn’t pass on the chance to add a wide receiver in favor of a linebacker at No. 7, but Dan Campbell isn’t going to run his team in a conventional manner at every turn. The idea of the Lions landing Parsons in Round 1 shouldn’t be laughed off.