With the 47th overall pick, the LA Chargers select Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
This is not a selection that the LA Chargers would make if they did not move down in the draft and add another top 50 pick to the toolbox. But with a selection just two picks later, the Chargers take the best defensive player available and go with Gregory Rousseau.
The idea of Rousseau in this defense with Brandon Staley calling the shots is extremely exciting. Whether the team plays a 4-3 defense or a 3-4 defense (we will likely see more schemes that resemble a 3-4 defense), Rousseau can fit in nicely and get his.
Rousseau was viewed as a first-round prospect and even a potential first-round pick by the Chargers during the season. However, with Rousseau not playing this year the buzz around him as dropped and he fell to the Bolts in this simulation.
What makes Rousseau so exciting is that he could legitimately play both inside and outside in the pass rush. This is especially exciting if the team runs a 3-4 defense as the Chargers could flank Joey Bosa and Rousseau next to Linval Joseph on the inside with Uchenna Nwosu and Kyler Fackrell as the outside linebackers.
The things that Rousseau would allow the team to do and the creativity that could be implemented in the pass rush make it too exciting of a selection. There are three things that typically lead to a Super Bowl: a good enough offensive line, a star quarterback and the ability to generate pressure without blitzing.
Rousseau helps accomplish that third pillar.