Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons experienced a rookie year for the ages in 2021. The Penn State graduate was named All-Pro First-Team and Defensive Rookie of the Year. Alongside him in that All-Pro team was his Cowboys teammate, Trevon Diggs, after the cornerback had his own breakout season.
With the new season on the horizon, Parsons does not appear to be short on confidence as he set out his expectations for Diggs and himself. Speaking to Jori Epstein of USA TODAY Sports, Parsons had the following to say:
"Aaron Donald, the greatest defensive player in history, with Jalen Ramsey. ... I think we (he and Trevon Diggs) can become them or even better if we learn together and stick together."
Parsons received plenty of opposition on social media
Naturally, his claim has triggered an immediate response from NFL fans on social media.
One fan claims to have stopped listening as soon as the Rams duo were brought into the conversation:
But fans also jumped to the defense of the Cowboys star, stating that he had been misquoted and taken out of context:
The full quote included the LB admitting they do not necessarily match the Rams duo.
But that wasn't enough to stop some fans sharing their opinions on Parsons' comments, and plenty seemed to be in disbelief at the linebacker's level of confidence:
There was a reminder to Parsons that perhaps he should focus on team success rather than individual accolades:
While some seemed to agree with the young LB's talent and potential, there was a lot less love for his cornerback teammate, Diggs:
Trevon Diggs vs Jalen Ramsey
Trevon Diggs garnered a lot of publicity with his 11 interceptions on the season. However, he also has his fair share of doubters. Pro Football Focus does not believe that Diggs' 2021 campaign was special at all, citing how his interception stats were inflated by tips and misplaced passes.
They ranked Diggs as the 36th best corner in the league, giving up an eye-popping 16.8 yards per reception. Ramsey, on the other hand, was PFF's top-ranked cornerback.
The comparison between the two is unfair as Ramsey is far more than just a conventional cornerback. He can line up all over the defensive backfield and on the line of scrimmage. Last season, the Rams even experimented with using him in a hybrid linebacker role.
Although Parsons' trajectory is far higher than Diggs' at this point, whether he can match Donald is highly doubtful. Diggs, on the other hand, still has to prove he is more than just a ballhawk, and can be a lockdown corner first before setting his sights higher.
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