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Gregory Rousseau And Jaelan Phillips In 1st Round In CBS Sports Latest Mock Draft

CBS Sports has both Rousseau and Phillips going in the first round in their latest mock draft.

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With the NFL regular season having just finished, the Combine quickly approaching, and the NFL Draft just a few short months away, Canes fans are are anxious to see what happens to two players in particular, defensive ends Gregory Rousseau and Jaelan Phillips.

Good news, in the latest mock NFL Draft done by CBS Sports on Monday, the site had Rousseau going #14 to the Minnesota Vikings, and Phillips landing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 25th pick.

Unless he has a very poor showing at the NFL Combine, I fully expect Rousseau to be a first round draft pick, and hopefully going in the top-15.

Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season for the Hurricanes, playing only one full season with Miami in college. In 2019, Rousseau registered 54 tackles, 15.5 sacks and 19.5 TFLs, earning first-team All-ACC honors as well as second-team All-America.

Due to his lack of game tape, Rousseau’s draft status isn’t as set in stone as some of the other projected first rounders, but NFL scouts rave about his skill-set and potential.

Phillips, prior to the 2020 season, wasn’t a player you’d expect to be listed as a potential first-round pick in the 2021 Draft, given the fact that he didn't play in 2019, and had to come back from major injuries.

Still, Phillips made the most of his opportunity this past year for the Canes, becoming UM’s most dominant player on defense, finishing the season with 45 tackles, 8 sacks, 15.5 TFLs and an interception. Phillips was named a first-team All-American for the 2020 season.

His rise throughout the 2020 season even had him as a top-5 draft pick at one point, and while I don't think he’ll go that high, Phillips is an athlete who I see having a strong performance at the Combine, which will help his stock.

It’s pretty easy to see what scouts and talent evaluators see in Phillips as a defensive end, with a frame and body that looks like it’s ready for the NFL, and freaky athleticism that most players at his position simply don't have. His pass-rushing skills are what GM’s are looking for, and I believe he could potentially go higher than his projected 25th selection.