"The Super Bowl showed us what speed and athleticism at the second level can do for a defense," Jeremiah wrote, referencing Tampa Bay's performance versus Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes. "Parsons brings those tools to Detroit."

Jeremiah joins longtime ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper in placing Parsons atop all defenders.

"He’s all over the field. He is the difference-maker, he is the impact performer,” Kiper wrote last month after sending Parsons to the Denver Broncos at No. 9.

Jeremiah predicts three linebackers to secure first-round status, listing Notre Dame's Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (25th) and Missouri's Nick Bolton (32nd) behind Parsons. Last year, the No. 1 linebacker off the draft board Clemson's Isaiah Simmons went eighth to the Arizona Cardinals received a rookie deal that included approximately $20 million in guaranteed money.

That is the financial range that Parsons would find himself in if this outlook comes to fruition. He would also head to a franchise that featured three former Penn State players on its 2020 roster: linebacker-turned-fullback Jason Cabinda, tight end Jesse James and cornerback Amani Oruwariye.

Parsons transitioned from defensive end to linebacker upon Penn State enrollment and led the team in tackles as a freshman. In 26 career college games, his statistical production included 192 tackles— 19 for loss— and 6.5 sacks. Parsons' list of Nittany Lions accolades includes 2018 Freshman All-American status, consensus 2019 All-American honors, 2019 Big Ten Linebacker of the Year, Cotton Bowl MVP, and a spot among finalists for the 2019 Butkus Award (college football's best linebacker).

Last August, with the status of a Big Ten football season uncertain, Parsons opted out of his junior campaign and shifted focus toward professional aspirations. He continued academic course work andrecently earned his university degree.

"Before arriving on campus, I was only a kid from Harrisburg with a dream," Parsons said upon leaving Penn State. "My dream was to receive a degree from a prestigious institution and prepare for the opportunity to play at the highest level — the NFL. My opportunity has finally arrived."