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Silver Minings: Micah Parsons has big a Pro Day

Penn State linebacker would be great draft choice for Raiders

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Micah Parsons
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I was planning to lead this post on Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons’ big pro day before I spoke with Las Vegas radio host, JT The Brick, on Thursday afternoon.

We started to talk about the draft and the subject turned to Parsons. We concluded that the Las Vegas Raiders should seriously consider taking him if somehow he is available at No. 17 or even as a target in a trade-up scenario.

Yes, I realize the Raiders need a right tackle and a free safety. The don’t have an obvious pressing need at linebacker. So what?

The kid is a potential immediate impact player and could give the Raiders’ an instant spark on defense.

Linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski are going into the second season of the free-agent contracts in Las Vegas. They won’t be Raiders forever. Bypassing a chance to get Parsons because of those two veterans would be shortsighted.

This is a dynamic player. The problem, of course, is whether he will be available. Parsons, who opted out of the 2020 season, reinforced himself as a top draft prospect with a strong performance at his pro day. But, if somehow, the Raiders can get their hands on him, they need to do it without hesitation.

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  • AFC West draft needs: USA Today looks at what all the AFC West teams may do in the draft next month.
  • Grades time: The Washington Post has free agency grades for all 32 teams.
  • Way to go, Huff: Former Raiders’ defensive back Michael Huff spoke to the team’s website about his recent charity work during a crisis in his home state of Texas.