Bet you thought this headline was going to end with the name “Trevon Diggs,” didn’t you? After all, he’s the modern Cowboys star most often mentioned in the same breath as Everson Walls these days, considering he’s matched his remarkable 11 interceptions (which Walls accrued as a rookie) in just his second season.
And there are still two games left for him to track down “Night Train” Lane.
Diggs’ numbers, though, speak for themselves. He’s a ball hawk, and he’s been in tight coverage in the right place at the right time more often than not this season.
No, it’s Micah Parsons whose dominant season goes well beyond the numbers into a hyperbolic lane. He’s the young Cowboys stud already approaching legend status, whose mindset and relentless mentality have earned comparisons to the stars of the past. Parsons is the one that players from the ’70s and ’80s, who’ve witnessed all the modern greats, seem to want to talk about.
Walls popped onto 1053 The Fan on Tuesday to compare Parsons across eras, taking the Lawrence Taylor comp we’ve heard floated these past few weeks and giving it real legs.
After all, Walls was a Giant towards the tail end of his career and won a Super Bowl there. We’ll forgive his turncoat free agent contract in the name of this Parsons praise.
Cowboys legend Everson Walls thinks Micah Parsons is Lawrence Taylor with a little bit of Derrick Thomas.
“The six interceptions I got while I was in New York, LT got me every one of them.” Whew.
The Parsons-LT stuff sounds nefarious on the surface just because we’ve been told for so long what a once-in-a-lifetime talent Taylor really was. But if those who were there with LT are out here saying that Parsons’ ability to apply pressure, come off the edge, and somehow end up in the secondary with the chance to snag one-handers is reminiscent of a young Taylor and his remarkable playmaking, then who are we to argue?
This brings us to the heart of the matter: Parsons, too, should be given his due for creating chances for Diggs and the rest of the secondary. A player like Parsons isn’t just a phenomenal pass rusher or a lion in the middle of the field. He’s someone who can create havoc and distract an opposing coordinator while they let so much other chaos happen.
Parsons might legitimately be the single-biggest game changer in the NFL today, and he’s just a rookie. “Defensive Player of the Year” sounds crazy at first, but then it starts to normalize.
Don’t believe us? Take it from someone who knows his history.