Gregory Rousseau NFL Draft Profile
- 2018 (2 Games): 5 tackles
- 2019 (13 Games): 54 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 15.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
Gregory Rousseau was touted out of high school because of his athletic ability. In fact, he was known mostly as an All-State wide receiver during his high school years. After missing most of his true freshman season with an ankle fracture, Rousseau proceeded to shock the world with his newfound ability as an edge rusher.
The biggest reason for this success? Well, despite filling out his 6’7 frame to the tune of 265 pounds, he did not lose a step from his wide receiver days. His combination of length and speed allowed him to get by most offensive linemen that he lined up against. His closing speed is ridiculous, and he doesn’t need many steps to get to the quarterback. Not only that, but his competitive, ferocious spirit gives him an extra edge against any opponent.
Rousseau is not just an athletic freak, though. His versatility will allow a defense to play him all across the line. For example, Miami would often line him up on the outside for both first and second downs, but they would then move him to the inside as a defacto 3T for third down. His strength overwhelmed opposing tackles, and his speed often made guards look like they were moving in slow motion.
While all of this is impressive, it’s important to remember that Rousseau is still in the infancy stages of being an EDGE. He opted out of the 2020 season, so he essentially only has seven starts under his belt at the position. His athleticism was enough to overpower collegiate offenses, but he may not get away with it as much in the NFL. His technique needs to improve in order to avoid penalties and compete with the premier o-lines in the league. Finally, while he has certainly begun the process of filling out his frame, he could use some extra poundage. 265 is still on the lighter side for an NFL defensive lineman.
Overall, Rousseau has more upside than most players in this draft. He has already proven to be an overwhelming EDGE, and if he can get better at the technicalities of the position and create more leverage for himself, Rousseau could be the most devastating defensive lineman in this draft.
Draft Projection: Early-Mid First Round
Best Traits: Length, Athleticism, Versatility
Worst Traits: Inexperience, Overall Technique