The Las Vegas Raiders’ defense struggled as a whole in 2020 and their defensive line was no different. Regardless of the reason, they took a step back this year and need an infusion of talent. CBS Sports foresees them drafting Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau in the first draft of 2021’s draft.
Gregory Rosseau can give the Raiders front four a boost
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports projects in his most recent mock draft the Raiders will use the 17th overall selection on Rousseau. He thinks they need to keep adding pieces until they can start generating pressure upfront on a consistent basis. He acknowledges the Miami standout is rough but goes on to say there aren’t many prospects with a ceiling as high as his.
Rousseau opted out of the 2020 college season but he registered 34 solo tackles (19.5 for a loss), and 15.5 sacks in 2019. Even though he didn’t take a snap last year, his stock remained intact for 2021’s draft. Moreover, he has All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell’s endorsement.
I don’t care about the mock draft…I just want everyone to see this highlight tape! Gregory Rousseau is gonna be a problem! Straight up beast! I hope and think he will be better than me https://t.co/yLML9uGwTx
— Calais Campbell (@CalaisCampbell) January 8, 2021
Why Gregory Rousseau at No. 17 make sense…
After logging 32 sacks in 2019, this Las Vegas defense managed a measly 21 quarterback takedowns last season. Defensive end Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell were solid but unspectacular. Coaching certainly played a factor, as most Raiders defenders underperformed under former defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.
A new coaching staff could help get the most out of both Crosby and Ferrell. Nevertheless, the Raiders can’t bet all the chips on the duo and must add more talent to their defensive line. Contrary to what defensive end Arden Key said last year, this Las Vegas team needs to add more pass rushers.
Ferrell and Crosby could end up having a great season in 2021, but the Silver and Black need to give a boost to a unit that hasn’t played at a high level in recent years. Rousseau could provide it.
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