Penn State LB Micah Parsons says he could have been 'A Derrick Henry' if he played running back
Former Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons compared himself to Derrick Henry after posting impressive testing numbers at his pro day.
Parsons ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at his pro day, which prompted Nittany Lions coach James Franklin to say he could have been a good running back at the collegiate level.
“You know, that kind of makes me upset,” Parsons told the NFL Network. “Because I told him to let me play running back. He wouldn’t let me play running back. My true position growing up was running back, so you could have looked at me as a Derrick Henry, really.
“I got some old clips I can pull up. In high school, I averaged 11 yards a carry, so I always had that nice little elusive stiff arm.”
Henry is preparing for his sixth NFL season with the Tennessee Titans. He’s coming off his second straight campaign in which he led the league in rushing, including 2,027 yards in 2020. His workout routines are still going viral, too.
Instead of chasing Henry’s career as a running back, Parsons will have to settle for being a first round NFL draft pick as a linebacker. Even after sitting out the 2020 season due to COVID-19, Parsons could be a top-10 pick in the 2021 draft.
The NFL draft is set for April 29-May 1.
Here’s Parsons’ full interview: