- Oct 13, 2011
I see the quickness to counter and natural hand use, especially given his experience level. Remember, he was a redshirt freshman who never played down in HS. We shouldn't treat him as a finished product. This is a coachable young player who was way ahead of schedule. Compare his TFL and sack numbers (19.5/15.5) to Paye (5.2/2), Oweh (5/5) and Ojulari (5/5.5) at the same age. More than triple the production.If you're not threatening them upfield with your quickness and you're not threatening their anchor and you don't have hand use and counters you're gonna get stonewalled. If you're reliant on length and body control and motor exclusively you're gonna be a cleanup guy for the most part.
The twitch issue is legit, which is why I use Chandler Jones as my comparison. Average burst and extraordinary length. He will get more direct pressure as he improves his technique, but don't discount the clean-up sacks. A lot of sacks in the NFL are clean up sacks, and not everybody is good at it. Rousseau complements his length/quickness with outstanding awareness of the ball. He's not just running around.