Denver Broncos: Players that fans don’t want to see drafted to a division rival
Player fans should hope doesn’t land there: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
This would be bad, but it would be a very Raiders type of pick, especially with Jon Gruden around.
I am clearly on the record as saying this should be Denver’s first-round pick. There would be no hesitation, even with all of the potential off-field issues, which to me are way overblown (more on that in a future piece).
Parsons is an absolute animal and if you didn’t watch a lot of Penn State football games while he was there, he was routinely the best player on the entire field in a competitive conference filled with world-class athletes.
If the Raiders were able to add Parsons to a defense that would include Yannick Ngakoue, Cory Littleton, Maxx Crosby, Johnathan Abram and Clelin Ferrell, the Raiders could start to become one of the league’s better defenses.
Parsons does not possess much of a weakness on the football field and both Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have been willing to roll the dice on character concerns in the past.
Parsons would make an already potentially great Broncos defense even better and one that could be the best in the league. He might be the one piece that is missing. Can you imagine a linebacker corps consisting of Parsons, Von Miller, Bradley Chubb and Alexander Johnson?
For the Broncos to pass on Parsons (who they might be able to select even after trading back a few spots) only to have him wind up in Las Vegas would be a huge ‘L’ in my opinion.