Las Vegas Raiders add talented edge rusher in Todd McShay’s latest mock
Raiders add Gregory Rousseau from Miami (FL)
In Todd McShay’s latest 2021 NFL mock draft (subcription required), the Raiders continue to bolster their defensive line in the first round. After adding Clelin Ferrell with the No.4 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, McShay likes the Raiders to bring in Gregory Rousseau, who absolutely dominated the college football landscape last season.
McShay pointed to Rousseau’s productivity and incredible physical features.
"Rousseau — who joined Parsons and Bateman as early opt-outs for the 2020 season — had 15.5 sacks last season, the second-highest total in the country behind Chase Young. His size and speed off the edge could be just what Vegas covets."
As stated, Rousseau has already opted out for the 2020 college football season, but there is more than enough tape on him to make him a top-10 pick next April. As a redshirt freshman this past season, he finished second to only Chase Young in terms of sacks, and was named the ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.
At 6-foot-6 and 258 pounds, Rousseau is a monster coming off the edge, and would be another young guy to team with Ferrell and Crosby for the long term. A First-Team All-ACC selection, he racked up 54 tackles, forced two fumbles, and had 19.5 tackles for a loss to go along with his 15.5 sacks.
In all reality, if the team is picking at No. 9 overall next April, than the first season in Las Vegas had completely gone off the rails. Hopefully, the Raiders make a playoff run this season, but a talented edge rusher like Rousseau would be a nice consolation prize if the team is still a year away from that.