The Buccaneers need the right edge rusher in the 2021 NFL Draft
Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami
Rousseau is a victim of the moment on this list. With far more upside on this team than a player like Kyle Trask, Rousseau is a day two or day three talent that some team could take as early as the first round.
Expectations are the name of the game here. Any team that takes Rousseau is in for a wait as he develops at the NFL level, and that is usually a red flag for anyone. As a third or fourth-round pick, Rousseau could be the steal of the draft, but his production isn’t projected to be on par with a first-round pick.
Unfortunately, Rousseau has been mocked to go in the first round several times now, and the preseason hype that lands him in this spot could give some teams the wrong impression.
Rousseau could absolutely learn and develop on the Buccaneers with Todd Bowles as his coach, but to secure this pick, the Bucs could have to pass on a player like Jayson Oweh, who is just as raw but far more athletic.
For a team that is trying to repeat in the Super Bowl, the Bucs can’t fall into the trap that is Rousseau unless he falls down draft boards. The Oweh type player with the plus-side in athleticism makes much more sense for the Buccaneers in a long-term capacity than a player like Rousseau in the first round.