Parsons: Me and Diggs could become even better than Rams' Donald, Ramsey
The Defensive Rookie of the Year is confident that he and Pro Bowl cornerback Trevon Diggs could eventually rival Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey from the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams among the league's most dynamic defensive duos.
"It's hard to say we're the best because I know we're young and we still make mistakes," Parsons told USA Today Sports' Mackenzie Salmon. "It's hard to put us over Aaron Donald, the greatest defensive player in history, with Jalen Ramsey.
"So I won't do it yet. But I think we can become them or even better if we learn together and stick together."
Donald and Ramsey share 10 All-Pro nods between them, with Donald receiving three Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Meanwhile, Parsons made a favorable impression in his debut campaign. He tallied 84 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks while lining up in multiple positions within the Cowboys' defense.
Diggs enjoyed a breakout campaign in his second year with Dallas. He led the NFL with 11 interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Parsons praised Diggs' penchant for getting turnovers, saying he'd "take that any day of the week."
Parsons also defended Diggs, who's been criticized for lapses in coverage despite his success at creating turnovers.
"His (risk) is pointed out more because he has such a one-on-one position. ... It's disrespectful to me, because I think he deserves all the credit in the world and deserves to be named a top-five corner if not the best corner in the league," Parsons said.
Parsons expects his production to leap after adjusting from his experience as a rookie.
"I think I kind of know where I want to be and where I'm at in this league," he said.