Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
W: 251 lbs
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Rousseau’s biggest strengths lie within his lean frame and elite speed. He has a quick first step that allows him to slip past blockers quickly. He has a great swim move coupled with flexible hips that has led to multiple sacks for him. That speed and frame for Rousseau creates big problems for offenses on screen plays. He uses his long arms effectively to distance himself from blockers. Despite his lean frame, he can also bull rush from time to time. He really sets the edge and will string outside runs to the sideline. Rousseau sheds running blocks easily. If the blocking scheme is to not block him and run the other way, he will make the offense pay. Rousseau takes on blockers straight up against the run without giving up any ground and he can fight through double teams that include one offensive lineman and a running back.
Rousseau doesn’t have many weaknesses. I found myself really picking through the tape to find faults in his game. The first obvious one is that he isn’t very strong; which is okay since his playing style is that of a speed rusher. Secondly, he doesn’t have a lot of bend coming around the corner, he mainly uses a swim move inside or uses his hands to break off blockers. Leading me to my next weakness, Rousseau needs to add more pass rush moves (like a spin or rip); he seems to only swim or just attempt to shove blockers away, which obviously doesn’t always work. Lastly, Rousseau doesn’t provide much in pass coverage, so if he goes to a 3-4 team, he will struggle when asked to drop back occasionally in pass coverage.
Rousseau looks to be the next great pass rusher coming out of college. He isn’t like the Bosas, Chase Young, Khalil Mack, or Von Miller. He has a leaner frame more like K’Lavon Chaisson and Leonard Floyd (not comps). We’ve obviously seen success in the bigger frame guys like those listed above, but Chaisson will kind of be the blueprint for guys with a leaner frame but elite speed and heavy hands. If you liked Chaisson, you will love Rousseau. His speed and quickness is just mesmerizing. He plays every single play exactly the way he is asked; he effectively sets the edge; he destroys interior offensive linemen with his speed and swim move; and his motor is non-stop. Despite his lack of muscle, he can stand his ground against any blocker and even most double teams. ROusseau needs to develop more pass rush moves, but I am very excited for his future. He is the best pass rusher in this class and I expect him to be drafted in the top-10.