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The good: Rouse attacks the line of scrimmage and finishes plays with powerful tackling. He uses his hands well to separate from blockers and stay on his feet with the power to fight through bigger athletes. He is the ideal strong safety with rare size and speed, and he likes to play a physical brand of football. He is very quick to support the run and make good decisions at the line of scrimmage. He reads and reacts quickly to the play and gets off blockers very well with a downhill style at the line. In pass coverage, he has developed the ability to read the passer and the route with the athleticism to break on the ball and make plays. He also has the ability to cover premier tight ends.
The bad: He is a classic safety/linebacker 'tweener who some think may have outgrown the safety position, requiring a move to weakside linebacker as a pro. He needs some development in pass coverage, but has the athletic components to progress in that regard.
Outlook: Needs some time to refine his coverage skills before being an every down starter. He is learning the finer points of play recognition and he has further upside from here. Good pick in the middle of the first day with the ability to be a fine strong safety. Should also be an excellent special teams player. Best gunner prospect in this class. Rouse is a marginal top-50 prospect with impact ability as a special teams demon as a rookie. He could develop into a very good starting strong safety within a short time. Look for him to be drafted in the second or third round.
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