The New York Giants brought back Leonard Williams this offseason, but that doesn’t rule out their interest in Gregory Rousseau completely. Rousseau has been one of the first players linked to the Giants with the 11th pick because of his status as one of the top pass rushers in this draft, and head coach Joe Judge was one of the NFL personnel in attendance at Rousseau’s pro day in Miami.
Coaches and GM's expected @CanesFootball Pro Day today….
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— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) March 29, 2021
While there were multiple University of Miami football players on display during that pro day, we can probably assume that Rousseau is the one the Giants were interested in. He was, after all, one of the top pass rushers in the college game before opting out of last season.
His draft valuation has fallen, but that might be a good thing for the Giants if they do go with the option of trading back from the number eleven pick rather than spending it outright.
Rousseau’s 15.5 sacks in 2019 which put him behind Chase Young, who the Giants infamously missed out on, is his big draw. But his projections in mock drafts have fallen since the offseason started, in part because he’s not the kind of player that’s expected to become a hit right off the bat.
The Giants might have room for a project player on the line, however, as they already got their top pass rusher back with the big deal that Leonard Williams signed. At the end of the day, it looks like the Giants will have more interest in other players, but Rousseau presents an interesting option if they decide to trade back.