Micah Parsons was ecstatic after the Dallas Cowboys selected Mazi Smith with their first-round pick on Thursday.
Parsons revealed on the Bleacher Report live draft show that he had texted Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn about wanting Smith with their first-round pick. He got his wish and had a message for his newest teammate.
“I hope you’re ready to be part of the best D-line in the NFL,” Parsons said. “I’m going to help you get sacks, you’re going to help me get sacks. Let’s get this Super Bowl.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that Smith was the 14th player on their draft board in the first round. Considering where they got him at No. 26, that’s good value. When pressed on the topic, Jones said, “Who gives a s**t? We got him.”
Here was the pre-draft breakdown on Smith by NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:
“Smith’s blend of size and quickness is rare. He can punch and control a base block with relative ease. However, he struggles to match the initial movement of move blockers, which diminishes his effectiveness. He has space-eating potential but needs to become more consistent at taking on double teams and securing his gap. Smith’s size and testing could give his draft slotting some juice but he’s more of a Day 2 talent with exciting upside than a plug-and-play starter.”
Smith was a first-team All-Big Ten pick in 2022 at Michigan, collecting 48 tackles — 2.5 for loss — in 14 starts. Smith was No. 1 on Bruce Feldman’s list of “freaks” in college football ahead of last season.