New York Giants Being Linked To The ‘Next Chase Young’ In The 2021 Draft

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Chase Young was almost a member of the New York Giants, but the G-men outlasted the Washingtn Football Team in Week 16 of the 2019 season that was dubbed the “Chase Young Bowl.”

Washington went on to use the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 Draft to select Young and he has been everything they hopped he would be. The former Ohio State Buckeye racked up 7.5 sacks during his rookie campaign and helped the team get into the postseason.

New York still lacks a true game-changer on the edge, but al might not be lost, according to ESPN’s Todd McShay’s latest prediction. McShay has the Giants solidifying their pass-rush with Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau at No. 11 overall.

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Gregory Rousseau, DE/OLB, Miami-FL*

The Giants managed 40 sacks this season, thanks in large part to Leonard Williams bouncing back and getting 11.5 of them. But few would argue against the Giants needing edge-rushing help to take a much-improved defense to the next level, particularly if they don’t return Williams, who played this season on the franchise tag. Rousseau opted out this season, but he had 15.5 sacks for the Hurricanes in 2019 and has speed and power coming around the corner. Alternatively, offensive line, wide receiver or cornerback could be areas to keep an eye on for New York.

Rosseau amassed 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss during what was just his redshirt freshman season. Rousseau has even been deemed the potential second-coming of Chase Young.

“Then again, the next Chase Young could be: Miami’s Gregory Rousseau..

What Young just did (21.5 TFLs, 16.5 sacks, three pass breakups and seven forced fumbles) sets an incredibly high bar for a redshirt sophomore, but look at what Rousseau accomplished during his first full season at Miami: 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, team-high seven quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

His sacks total ties for second in team history, and his tackles for loss total marks the highest at Miami since 2006. A repeat performance or one with even better numbers will make a jump to the NFL a virtual certainty. Rousseau even has a similar frame to Young at 6-foot-7 and 253 pounds.

He will receive much more attention from opponents this fall, and could be a featured player at next year’s combine.”