GREGORY ROUSSEAU: SCOUTING REPORT. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.

GREGORY ROUSSEAU: SCOUTING REPORT. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.
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BACKGROUND

  • Height: 6’7”
  • Weight: 253 Lbs
  • College: Miami Hurricanes
  • Year: Redshirt Sophmore 
  • Position: Defensive End

Gregory Rousseau is a unique prospect; you very rarely see 20 year olds with his size and production.

Despite only really playing one season in college football, Rousseau has already declared for the NFL draft. The coronavirus pandemic has allowed Rousseau to opt out of the 2020 season and focus his energy on the 2021 NFL Draft. 

Gregory Rousseau attended Champagnat Catholic High School in Hialeah, Florida, where he played Defensive End, Safety and Wide Receiver. As a Florida native he declared for the University of Miami, where he suffered a season ending injury after just 2 games in 2018. But, he came back strong in 2019 registering 15.5 sacks coming second only to Chase Young. 

He won the ACC Defensive rookie of the year in 2019, following a long list of household names that include, Kendall Fuller, Ronald Darby and Luke Kuechly, who have already won the award. 

Rousseau is a prospect who combines mind blowing size and production. His ability to pass rush was one of the best in college football in 2019 and he could be the prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft with the most potential.

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STRENGTHS

  • Elite size and measurables
  • Great athleticism
  • Combines strength and balance
  • Versatile
  • Solid tackler

When talking about Rousseau it’s important to consider his age. He is only 20 years old!

Rousseau is a dominant playmaker. He is a player with extraordinary size and length making him a freak athlete. His measurables are out of this world leading scouts and coaches to fall in love. Rousseau’s length is key to his game. It opens up a number of different opportunities for Rousseau to compete and win. 

Being able to pair his remarkable size with great athleticism, strong hands, power and skill moves make him a force on the edge. Bringing everything together it means Rousseau can beat you in a number of different ways. Whether it’s from a standing start or with his hands in the dirt.

Rousseau can line up on either side of the line of scrimmage. His ability to squeeze through the smallest of gaps means he will take on double teams at the next level.

But, this won’t phase Rousseau, he has experienced double teams in college where he has used his strength to run over opponents. Add this to his perseverance and it means he can get to the quarterback when most players at his position would have been beaten. 

Rousseau also has good ball skills. As you would expect his size means he has exceptionally long arms. This means he can bat the ball down at the line of scrimmage. It also means he is able to stand off his opponents making them engage in battles.

He also has a fantastic motor and plays hard until the whistle blows.

The edge rusher has rare and elite potential and he has measuables and abilities that can’t simply be taught. 

Credit: ACC Digital Network

WEAKNESSES

  • Doesn’t have superb speed.
  • Is a raw prospect
  • A developmental prospect. 

Even though Rousseau’s age is a positive, it does mean he is extremely raw. Having only played 1 year in college, he still has a lot of room to improve and develop. Which is scary considering how dominant he was in 2019. Rousseau will be a developmental prospect who will have his best years in the future not from day 1. 

Although he has good skill moves, he will need to learn more techniques to dominate in the NFL. Being able to grow his ability to swipe and counter will make him extremely dangerous.

Rousseau’s size is the reason some teams will show interest. Despite it being freaky he could still add weight! It is important to remember Rousseau is only 20 years old and is already 6’7” and 253 lbs. His body is still developing so don’t be surprised if he weighs in heavier at the combine and draft. 

Despite Rousseau being able to beat his opponents in a variety of different approaches, on film he seemingly prefers to run over them. His bull rush is brilliant, but Rousseau will need to expand his play book on a more consistent level in the NFL.

Rousseau doesn’t beat his opponents with pure speed so being able to keep offences guessing will be key. He does have good burst and lateral acceleration but doesn’t have the long speed. We would expect Rousseau to slot into a defensive system that primarily uses a 4-3 scheme.

SUMMARY

Players of Rousseau’s size and talent don’t come around every year. He ticks virtually every box and is still developing. 

It’s important that teams don’t expect instant reward if they pick Rousseau. But, once he has put on some more weight and refined his techniques he will be unstoppable in the pros.

Rousseau’s value and ceiling is sky high and he has all the production, talent and measurables to be a top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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