As we continue with our draft spotlight series on the prospects the Las Vegas Raiders could target in the first round, we’re going to get past rusher centric.
We already started with some analysts favorite the top edge player in the draft, Kwity Paye.
Now we’ll continue with one of his main competitors for that title.
That player in question would be Gregory Rousseau, a defensive end from the University of Miami who sat out the 2020 season.
Despite that, Rousseau's talent and production from his 2019 season have been enough to put him squarely in the first-round discussion.
Considering that he didn’t even play defensive end in high school, the progress that he’s already shown is impressive.
After redshirting in 2018, Rousseau exploded in 2019 to lead the ACC in sacks and tackles for losses with 15.5 and 19.5, respectively.
Rousseau has the size and length at 6-7 and 265 pounds to be an imposing presence on any defensive line.
If it was all about talent, Rousseau would likely be a top-five pick. However, there are noted holes in his game.
The lack of experience at the defensive end is one concern, especially coming off not playing for an entire year.
That lack of experience could lead teams to wonder if he’s more of a developmental prospect, similar to a player like Marcus Davenport of the New Orleans Saints when he was drafted.
Rousseau's tools, however, are undeniable, and teams probably will convince themselves that they will be able to coach up his game.
The Raiders could potentially be that team, and to add a talent like Rousseau at a position of need would be a hard thing to pass up.
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