Micah Parsons, Penn State University
The Saints have needed a linebacker for the last couple of years. Demario Davis has been holding down the middle of the field by himself.
Numerous players have tried to fill the role including Kiko Alonso, Alex Anzalone, and Kwon Alexander, but none have been able to keep it. There’s potential for Zach Baun to step up, but there’s no denying that is a risk to take.
We have already analyzed the players at the linebacker position that the Saints can acquire with the No. 28 pick including guys like Nick Bolton from Missouri, Zaven Collins from Tusla, and Joseph Ossai from Texas.
Micah Parsons, on the other hand, is the best linebacker in this draft. Like Rousseau, Parsons opted out of the 2020 season. In the two years before that, Parsons totaled 191 tackles, 18.0 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, and six forced fumbles.
Parsons has been a rock for Penn State from the time he stepped into the building. If the Saints were to trade up in the first round at all, I would hope their sights would be on this dominant linebacker from Pennsylvania.