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Make the Case: Rashawn Slater vs. Micah Parsons


"Make the Case" is once again in session on

In this series, we look at projections provided by analysts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on what the Giants should do in the draft.

Next up is a debate between one of the top pass protectors and one of the best all-around defenders in the 2021 draft.

Northwestern OL Rashawn Slater vs. Penn State LB Micah Parsons

Rashawn Slater

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4 / 304 pounds

2019 stats: 11 games, allowed zero sacks, one quarterback hit and five quarterback hurries (opted out of 2020 season)

Micah Parsons

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3 / 245 pounds

2019 stats: 13 games, 109 tackles (52 solo), five sacks, 14.0 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, five passes defensed (opted out of 2020 season)

Joe Marino, The Draft Network: Rashawn Slater - "New York has to be thinking offense with this pick and general manager Dave Gettleman appears focused in free agency on adding to the skill positions, opening the door for another investment on a hog molly for the offensive line, especially with the departure of Kevin Zeitler."

Peter Schrager, NFL Network: Micah Parsons - "The Giants have been aggressive and proactive in free agency, but they still have holes to fill. As much as giving Daniel Jones another weapon is a priority, Parsons fits what they need on defense and could be an immediate standout in both pass and run defense."

Josh Edwards, CBS Sports: Rashawn Slater - "The Giants will happily end the fall of Slater. A lineman with five-position flexibility, Slater can step into an offensive line that made strides last year in the aftermath of a coaching shakeup."

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: Rashawn Slater - "With all the top pass catchers off the board, GM Dave Gettleman yells "INTO THE TRENCHES!" during his war room Zoom call, and picks Slater to be a movable piece up front for Sir Daniel Dimes."

Brentley Weissman, The Draft Network: Micah Parsons - "The Giants have had an excellent offseason adding Kenny Golladay, Adoree' Jackson, and re-signing some of their key players. I always liked the idea of the Giants taking either Waddle or DeVonta Smith here, and to be honest, I am not totally against taking a receiver even after the Golladay addition. In the end, I believe the Giants will turn to their defense and add a playmaker who can help get the ball back to their offense. Parsons is a top-seven player in this year's draft and is one of the best linebackers prospects to come out in the last few years. He has outstanding size, speed, burst, and range and is equally productive against the run and the pass. He would be a tremendous fit for Patrick Graham's multiple front defense and has the physical and tough attitude that head coach Joe Judge appreciates."

Ben Standig, The Athletic: Rashawn Slater - "Though he's a tick undersized, one talent evaluator said Slater is one of the most technically sound offensive linemen he's ever scouted."

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah updated his ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft for the final time before the start of the draft.


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