The New York Giants have the 11th pick in this year’s upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. According to NFL.com writer Bucky Brooks and other sources, the Giants will be selecting six-foot-seven inch 265-pound defensive end, Gregory Rousseau.
Rousseau going into his true freshman year in 2018, played for the University of Miami. In the first game of the season, Rousseau was able to get a total of five tackles and move around the field well. In only the second game of the season, Gregory Rousseau suffered a season-ending ankle injury and redshirted.
Redshirt Freshman Year:
In his redshirt freshman year, Rousseau had a fantastic breakout season. He was able to play in all 13 games of the year and not sustain any injuries. Rousseau had a dominating first two games totaling over 3.5 sacks and 4 tackles. Throughout the season, Rousseau was able to specialize in coming through the middle or edge of the offensive line. In addition, he was also able to cover many pass-catchers in the slot due to his experience throughout high school playing safety. Rousseau had a total of 54 tackles by the end of his dominating 2019 season.
His amount of tackles for loss which was 19.5 led the ACC and was seventh in the NCAA. Gregory Rousseau was also first in the ACC with 15.5 sacks and second in the NCAA in the sack category. Former Buckeye, Chase Young was the only player to finish ahead of Rousseau with 16.5 sacks on the year. There was only 1 total sack that separated the two players.
Rousseau was also selected to the All-ACC First Team and named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was the first Miami Hurricane to receive both selections since 2008 when the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year was former New York Giant Mark Herzlich. He was also named Freshman All-American by several sources. Finally, this season did not translate over to the next, as Gregory Rousseau decided to opt-out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns.
Should the Giants Draft Gregory Rousseau?
Many people are expecting the New York Giants to take offensive weapons with the 11th pick in the draft. Some players that have been mentioned include Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith, Ja’Marr Chase, and Kyle Pitts. However, there have also been assumptions about a defensive end being chosen. For instance, many mock drafts have indicated Gregory Rousseau is the one. Bucky Brooks of NFL.com calls him, “An intriguing option for the Giants with his athleticism, length and sack production.”
Similarly, ESPN’s Todd McShay states, “Rousseau opted out this season, but he had 15.5 sacks for the Hurricanes in 2019 and has speed and power coming around the corner. Alternatively, offensive line, wide receiver, or cornerback could be areas to keep an eye on for New York.” In conclusion, I would say if the Giants at the 11th pick are aiming for a defensive weapon. Gregory Rousseau is not a player they should pass on.