Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: 3 first-round prospects that could fall to Bolts at 47

MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 23: Gregory Rousseau #15 of the Miami Hurricanes in action against the FIU Golden Panthers in the first half at Marlins Park on November 23, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 23: Gregory Rousseau #15 of the Miami Hurricanes in action against the FIU Golden Panthers in the first half at Marlins Park on November 23, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

Gregory Rousseau is one of the most interesting draft prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. Rousseau is the perfect example of a player who had fallen more and more as time went on, in this case because he opted out of the 2020 season.

Rousseau was projected to be a mid-to-early first-round pick during the 2020 NFL season. In fact, there was discussion about whether or not the Chargers should take Rousseau when they were slated to pick in the top 10.

That has changed and his place on big boards has certainly fallen. The Draft Network ranks Rousseau as the 30th prospect in the draft class while Pro Football Focus ranks him as the 36th overall prospect.

The case for Rousseau falling is simple: teams not wanting to pick a player that did not play in the 2020 season and instead falling in love with a prospect with more recent game tape.

Cornerback and tackle is a bigger need than an edge rusher but the Chargers would have to re-evaulate their priorities if Rousseau falls all the way to 47. He is a special talent and could create one of the best edge-rushing duos in the league alongside Joey Bosa.

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