Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons was a lock to win defensive rookie of the year. The only question was whether he would win defensive player of the year.

Parsons was that good as a rookie.

Parsons had a chance to break Javon Kearse’s rookie sacks record but missed Week 17 after testing positive for COVID-19. He finished with 13 sacks, tied for third-most for a rookie in NFL history. Kearse had 14.5 sacks as a rookie and Aldon Smith 14. Dwight Freeney and Reggie White both had 13.

The 12th overall choice made 84 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and 67 quarterback pressures. He lined up all over the place, playing 374 snaps in the defensive line, 498 at linebacker, 29 at cornerback and one at safety, according to the Cowboys.

Parsons made the Pro Bowl and All-Pro.

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