Pro Football Focus this week revealed its top 25 players under 25, and San Francisco 49ers pass runner Nick Bosa led the pack at No. 1.
After Bosa, there are a handful of offensive players, followed by Dallas Cowboys phenom Micah Parsons, who came in at No. 6, much to the annoyance of Skip Bayless.
“I’ll take Micah Parsons any day, any night, long term over Nick Bosa,” Bayless said.
Cowboys’ Micah Parsons ranks behind 49ers’ Nick Bosa on PFF I Best Under 25 List NO DISPUTE
Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe are divided on whether Nick Bosa should be above Micah Parsons in the PFF under-25 rankings.
Bayless and Shannon Sharpe then dove into the debate, deciding whether Bosa should be above Parsons in the PFF rankings, with Sharpe pointing to Bosa’s primary mission, firing the quarterback, as the reason he gives Bosa the advantage.
“Nine times out of 10, I’m going to take the guy who’s on the ball over the guy who’s not on the ball,” Sharpe said. “Nick Bosa is just as accomplished, if not more so, than Micah Parsons.”
In 2019, Bosa was named Defensive Rookie of the Year, and since entering the league, he has played in one Super Bowl and two NFC Championship Games, and is a two-time Pro Bowler.
Last season, Bosa finished fourth in the NFL in sacks (15.5), tied for first in tackles for loss (21), finished third in QB hits (32) and had four multi-sack games. Parsons finished sixth in sacks (13), third in tackles for loss (20) and fourth in QB hits (30), putting together three multi-sack games.
However, Bosa was in his third year, while Parsons was in his first. In his rookie season, Bosa had nine sacks, 16 tackles for loss, and 25 QB hits, tallies that are below Parsons’ rookie numbers.
As a rookie, Bosa earned an overall rating of 86.7 per PFF. In his second season, he posted an overall rating of 84.9, and last season, he posted an overall rating of 88.3.
Parsons earned an 89.8 overall rating per PFF last season, in addition to being named Defensive Rookie of the Year, first-team All-Pro, Pro Bowl player and finishing second in the Defensive Player of the Year race.
“Parsons has only scratched the surface,” Bayless said. “This is the tip of the iceberg for him. He’s much closer to Lawrence Taylor than Nick Bosa is.”
Still, despite his stellar rookie campaign, Sharpe took a look back at Parsons’ first playoff performance and said the Bayless guy fell short while Bosa shone in the Niners’ toughest contests.
“In that playoff game, Parsons had no quarterback pressure and no quarterback hitting,” Sharpe said. “In the big games, against the Cowboys, Bosa had a sack and a half, two sacks against Green Bay and a sack and a half against the Los Angeles Rams.”
While the two play different positions, they will be linked as their careers continue, seemingly set to battle for the title of best defender in the game for years to come.
But in Bayless’s eyes, his type is on the rise and will reach a level in Dallas that Bosa won’t reach in San Francisco.
“The vision test told me Parsons is on the rise. It told me he’s a superstar in the making. The only hope I have [for Dallas] next year it’s 11 From Heaven.”
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