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Draft INSIGHT: Round 1 - EDGE Gregory Rousseau

Browns are looking for a pass rushing specialist 

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While the Browns need quality depth at defensive end and someone to take that starting left end slot, Miami’s Gregory Rousseau would become an instant asset with the 26th pick in the first-round. He is not bigger than most offensive tackles but has a quick burst and a great first step coming off the edge which allows him to make up footage very quickly. Played only one season at Miami as a starter before being an opt-out last year after having 15.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and 54 tackles in 2019. The bummer is that there is really only one year of film on him. Patience and development might be two good descriptions of him.

Specifics:

College: Miami

Height: 6’-5”

Weight: 260 pounds

40-time: 4.68

Career Tackles: 59

Career Forced Fumbles: 1

Career Sacks: 15.5

Career Tackles for Loss: 19.5

Career starts: 14

Positives:

  • Excellent point of attack defender
  • Hustler
  • Productive yet limited playing time
  • Long reach with active hands
  • Outstanding in run support
  • Able to shed blocks
  • Has several good moves to swipe or rip
  • Agile player who doesn’t play stiff
  • Can fit into the 4-3 with ease
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Negatives:

  • Needs to play more with brute strength
  • Raw talent
  • Under-developed skill set as DE
  • Needs technical refinement
  • Only one productive season
  • Serious ankle injury in 2018, then did not play in 2019

Expert Draft Site Analysis

WalterFootball.com

Rousseau is a natural quarterback hunter who has a good skill set to go along with a nose for the signal-caller. He is an instinctive edge rusher who shows an excellent ability to read-and-react. With good vision and feel, Rousseau adjusts to the quarterback to chase him down as he moves in the pocket. It was very impressive to see Rousseau in 2019, despite being a young player, keeping his eyes on the quarterback while working through blocks and executing moves to shed blocks. He was a very advanced rusher for a young player with intelligence beyond his years.