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  1. PackFanInSC

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    Aaron Rouse Draft Profile
    AARON ROOSEVELT ROUSE
    Strong Safety/Outside Linebacker
    Virginia Polytechnic (Tech) Institute Hokies
    #36
    6:04.0-223
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    First Colonial High School


    OVERVIEW:

    The Hokies have been known for their hard-hitting defensive players since Frank Beamer took over as head coach in 1987. The team's coaching staff and almost every opposing offensive coordinator agree -- pound for pound, Rouse was one of the most punishing tacklers to ever wear a Tech uniform. With his size, quickness and strength, several NFL teams are also looking at Rouse as a potential linebacker candidate. With the success another former safety, Cato June, has had since moving to linebacker with Indianapolis, Rouse could be an ideal fit for a team utilizing a Cover-2 scheme that relies on quickness, range and physicality from their linebacking unit. Rouse was a Prep Star All-American selection that was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Beach District as a senior at First Colonial High School. He saw action as a wide receiver, safety, linebacker, running back and cornerback during his career for coaches Sam Scarborough and Frank Webster. For his career, he registered 176 tackles with nine interceptions and blocked a school-record eight kicks. During his final year, Rouse added first-team All-District, All-Tidewater and All-Region honors. He was named first-team Group AAA by the Associated Press and second-team by the state coaches as a defensive back. He ranked the 32nd-best safety in the nation by Rivals.com and the ninth-best defensive back in the Atlantic Region by Prep Star. An All-Mid-Atlantic Region choice by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, Rouse made 85 tackles in 2001, including a pair of sacks. He also intercepted five passes, recovered three fumbles and blocked three kicks. He caught 13 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver. As a junior, Rouse collected 71 tackles, eight sacks and three interceptions, including a game-saving pick against Ocean Lakes High. He was named first-team All-District and second-team All-Tidewater Area that year. He also lettered in basketball. Rouse enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2002, spending the season performing on the scout team. He was a Freshman All-American choice by Rivals.com in 2003, as he appeared in 13 games, starting at "field" outside linebacker against James Madison. He posted 46 tackles (19 solos) with three stops for losses and a forced fumble. He also deflected a pair of passes. In 2004, Rouse backed up James Anderson at the "field" outside linebacker position. In 13 games, he made 37 tackles (16 solos). He caused one fumble and had 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Rouse earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors from The NFL Draft Report in 2005, as he started all year at the "Rover" position. He ranked third on the team with 77 tackles while batting away five passes and picking off four others. He also caused and recovered a fumble while totaling 4.5 stops for losses. Rouse struggled a bit in 2006, starting 10 of 13 contests at Rover. Cary Wade replaced Rouse in the lineup for the Southern Mississippi, Clemson and Miami games before he returned to the lineup. He finished third on the team with 57 tackles (23 solos), adding two stops for losses and a forced fumble. He batted away two passes and picked off another. In 52 games at Virginia Tech, Rouse started 24 contests. He recorded 217 tackles (93 solos) with 12 stops for losses of 34 yards. He caused four fumbles and recovered another. He also deflected nine passes and had five interceptions for 80 yards in returns.

    ANALYSIS:

    Positives: Powerfully built with good upper body muscle definition, tight abdomen, big bubble, thick thighs and calves, long limbs and exceptional timed speed...More of an athlete than a football player, but shows good physicality in his play...Displays loose hips that allow him to smoothly transition out of his backpedal with no wasted motion...Has excellent leaping ability, getting a quick rise while making good body adjustments to get to the ball at its high point...Very aggressive tackler, but needs to play with better control, as he will get reckless and out-run the plays at times...Takes plays from the chalkboard to the playing field with no problems...Vocal leader of the secondary who does a nice job of making adjustments and calls...Responds well to hard coaching and plays with a line-backer's mentality ...Shows good ball anticipation skills and has that explosive burst to get to the play in an instant...Has the vision to frame the receiver and quarterback and showed improvement in not biting on pump fakes...Can locate the ball in a crowd and has a good feel for taking proper angles to the ball in plays in front of him (just adequate with his back to the ball)...Has the fluid hips and quick feet to match up with any receiver, and looks natural in his turn-and-run motion, doing a good job of cutting off the inside routes...Will generally mirror the receiver throughout the route and shows the nimble feet to turn fluidly out of his pedal...Has a good feel for the receiver in his zone and gets a quick jump on the ball...Shows the burst to close and fill the gaps in run force (made 40 of his 59 plays against the run in 2006)...Keeps his feet when planting and driving, showing the second gear and burst to shadow and trail the receiver working underneath...Knows how to use his long arms to reach around or over the receiver to deflect the pass... Will not give up on plays and has the lateral range to fly to the perimeters...Shows very good vision eying the backfield and is alert to blocking schemes when stepping up inside the box...Glides up and down hill with good urgency and has the body control to shoot out of his breaks with no wasted motion...Physical between-the-tackles player who gets off blocks well when he keeps his hands inside his framework...Will torque and twist his frame to compete for jump balls (has track experience to rise quickly)...Catches outside his frame, but has not had many opportunities to make the interception (used more in run force as a senior than in the deep zone)...Hits with authority, showing the classic wrap-up technique and pop on contact to get the ball carrier down...Is a good run force safety due to his explosive closing burst and toughness making open-field plays...Hits with authority, putting full force behind his tackles and showed in 2006 that he has improved that technique, doing a much better job of attacking the ball carrier's outside leg to impede forward progress than he did earlier in his career...Not used much on the blitz, but has the quickness to surprise a lethargic offensive lineman coming off the edge...Can form up and maintain balance when striking. Negatives: Bit high-cut and while he has good range and nimble feet to get through traffic, he gets too tall in his stance and fails to sink his pads, leaving himself exposed to cut blocks...Despite his alertness on the field, he will get over-aggressive in his play, deliver some illegal hits and get flagged for it (was actually fined $100 by the coaching staff for every flagrant foul after he had three in a two-game span against. Duke and Cincinnati in 2006)...Struggles to track the ball over his outside shoulder and is a bit of a liability in zone coverage, as he is hesitant at times to switch off his assignment and jump on the secondary receiver...Needs to keep his emotions in check, as he will get too reckless, out-run the play and then struggle to get back into the action...Needs to get comfortable in his ability to read keys, as he tends to question what he is seeing at times and the result is sometimes being late to get back into the action. Compares To: CATO JUNE-Indianapolis...For all of his speed and range, Rouse struggles in deep pass coverage and prefers to make plays in front of him rather than operating with his back to the ball. He is one of the team's strongest players and certainly one of the quickest defensive backs in college, but if a Cover-2 defense drafts him, expect that team to shift him to outside linebacker. He has experience at that position during his first two years at Tech and would be less of a liability in pass coverage if he was playing inside the box rather than in the deep zone.

    INJURY REPORT:

    2004: Missed spring drills with a left knee sprain.

    CAREER NOTES:

    The recipient of the team's President's Award, given for the defensive player who showed the most outstanding leadership, Rouse has also excelled in the team's training room... Earned Super Iron Hokie Award honors in 2005-2006 while leading the team with a 605-pound back squat...Also set new position records with a 360-pound power clean and a 360-pound push jerk.

    AGILITY TESTS

    Campus: 4.31 in the 40-yard dash...370-pound bench press...605-pound back squat...360-pound push jerk...360-pound power clean...35-inch vertical jump...33 3/8-inch arm length...9-inch hands...Right-handed...17/35 Wonderlic score. Combine: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash...1.59 10-yard dash...2.64 20-yard dash...35-inch vertical jump... Bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times.

    PERSONAL:

    Sociology major...Son of Nadine Rouse...Born Aaron Roosevelt Rouse on 1/08/84 in Norfolk, Virginia...Resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

    HIGH SCHOOL:

    Attended First Colonial (Virginia Beach, Va.) High School, playing football for coaches Sam Scarborough and Frank Webster...Prep Star All-American selection who was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Beach District as a senior...Saw action as a wide receiver, safety, linebacker, running back and cornerback during his career...For his career, he registered 176 tackles with nine interceptions and blocked a school-record eight kicks...During his final year, Rouse added first-team All-District, All-Tidewater and All-Region honors...Named first-team Group AAA by the Associated Press and second-team by the state coaches as a defensive back...Ranked the 32nd-best safety in the nation by Rivals.com and the ninth-best defensive back in the Atlantic Region by Prep Star...An All-Mid-Atlantic Region choice by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, Rouse made 85 tackles in 2001, including a pair of sacks...Also intercepted five passes, recovered three fumbles and blocked three kicks...Caught 13 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver...As a junior, Rouse collected 71 tackles, eight sacks and three interceptions, including a game-saving pick against Ocean Lakes High...Named first-team All-District and second-team All-Tidewater Area...Also lettered in basketball.

    Courtesy NFLDraftScout.com
     
  2. Arles

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    Aaron Rouse
    S | (6'4", 223, 4.58) | VIRGINIA TECH

    trengths: A tall, well-built strong safety prospect with exceptional straight-line speed for his size. He has the size potential to match up as an in-the-box strong safety type in the NFL. Fills hard versus the run and flashes some power upon contact as a tackler. He occasionally will make his presence known over the middle in coverage. Shows good closing burst when the ball is in the air. Also displays good ball skills. He has been a durable player throughout his career.

    Weaknesses: Former outside linebacker with some athletic limitations. Does he fit as an outside linebacker or strong safety in the NFL? He is high-cut and shows some stiffness in his hips. He has excellent straight-line speed but will struggle to change directions in space. He does not show the quick-twitch athleticism to match up one-on-one versus NFL slot receivers. He must also continue to improve his angles in run support. He can play out of control at times.

    Overall: Rouse appeared in all 13 games in 2003 as a true freshman and made 46 total tackles and three tackles for loss. He saw action in all 13 games in 2004, registering 37 total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss at outside linebacker. Rouse started all 13 contests at strong safety in 2005, finishing the season with 77 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, five pass breakups, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble. In 2006 he appeared in all 13 games, with 10 starts, and recorded 57 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one interception.

    Rouse possesses an exceptional combination of size and speed, and he showed flashes of playmaking ability at the collegiate level. However, while he has first-round tools, Rouse is an underachiever and a positional misfit from an NFL perspective. He doesn't play the game with enough aggressiveness or toughness to project as a linebacker and he makes too many mistakes in coverage to be trusted as a safety at this point. In our opinion, Rouse is too much of a boom-or-bust prospect to draft any earlier than the third round.
     
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    He could be a nice SS prospect. He ran a 4.31 on campus and 4.5 at the combine, he has the speed to play S.
     
  4. PackFanInSC

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    Speed (4.31) and apparently a big hitter.

    Says that he struggles in pass coverage (Yet has 9 INTS). Maybe he has the speed to run down the reciever after they make the catch.

    Emotional and gets called for illegal hits.

    Maybe used as a linebacker.
     
  5. cyoung

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    This looks like an awesome pick
     
  6. MassPackersFan

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    Our D is set. And we got a sleeper WR and solid RB. Not bad.
     
  7. PackerLegend

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    the guy is 6' 4" good pick.
     
  8. all about da packers

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    I have to wonder where this leaves Underwood or Culver.
     
  9. DakotaT

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    There is going to be some major competition at safety, and some major cap savings when Manuel is cut.
     
  10. all about da packers

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    But can we really cut Manuel? He is the most experienced S on our team.

    I find it interesting that Gil Brandt says Rouse is NOT a NFL Safety in his opinion.

    with 22 reps, and being converted from LB to a S, is Rouse possibly switching back to LB?
     
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    From nfldraftforecast.com

    Aaron Rouse - Safety, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6'4" | Weight: 221
    40-Yard Dash: 4.44 (unofficially)

    NFL Comparison: Michael Boulware, Seattle Seahawks
    Official Site Profile: Aaron Rouse

    Positives: Safeties with Rouse's combination of size and speed are rare. A former high school basketball player, Rouse has an exceptional vertical leap and knows how to compete for the ball (nine career interceptions, including four last season). He lined up at outside linebacker during his first two seasons at Virginia Tech and loves to attack running backs at the line of scrimmage. Rouse is a rare athlete with 4.44 speed in the 40-yard dash and a 550-lb back press. Mature beyond his years, Rouse escaped a troubled childhood through hard work and is the father of a three-year-old son.

    Negatives: Rouse is still somewhat raw in pass coverage. He has made big plays in zone coverage, but is not usually asked to cover receivers in man coverage. His decision to return to Virginia Tech for his senior season was prudent; he is still a project as a strong safety, and another season in the secondary will allow him to hone his coverage skills.

    Overall: Rouse is a borderline All-American with a lot of upside. His transition to the secondary was relatively seamless, as Rouse has all the physical skills needed to play his new position. NFL scouts are usually wary about taking a position-change player too high, but Rouse is capable of a standout performance at the Combine and has as much potential as any safety in the 2007 draft.

    -Justin Vernold (July 12, 2006)
     
  12. HatestheEagles084

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    this is a great pick...
     
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    I have to wonder where it leaves Manuel.

    He gone!
     
  14. all about da packers

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    At the very least, I hope he is pissing his pants right now knowing that he has been put on notice!
     
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    A great pick-up. Very hard hitting Saftey or possibly OLB?

    Big, tough, team leader, fast, hard hitter in College.
     
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    I saw the clip that ESPN showed. The thing I like best about him is not his INTs.

    It is that he used both arms, wrapped up the ball carrier and drove thru him when he made the tackle.

    It has been a long time since I have seen a packer do all three in the same play.
     
  17. all about da packers

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    He is certainly a capable player (it would seem) in the box.

    I like this, TT isn't standing pat and sending the message "I'm praying we'll get better", he is going out and making stuff happen in an attempt to get better.
     
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    Really like this pick as well; he should add some nice competition into the mix and adds a nice physical presence to the secondary mix
     
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    former LB moved to the secondary..

    Wasnt Urlacher in the secondary but converted to a lb?


    Dont matter seems like this guy has the skills to make it as a good/great safety, but can our secondary coaches make him that way?
     
  21. MassPackersFan

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    For our 2nd rounder, we got Brandon Jackson (YES!) and Aaron Rouse (YES!). Turned out to be a GREAT trade down.
     
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    HOKIE HOKIE HOKIE HI
     
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    Rouse looks from his report an exceptional player. I'm looking forward to seeing him play.
     
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    He seems to be a very level headed person.

    We really do seem to have gotten a total steal with this guy.

    Welcome to the Packers Aaron.
     
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    Sorry to give all of you some coffee after what appears to be an extended period of heavy drinking, but McGinn in the J-S talked to personnel dude from another team(you know, the folks who make their living analyzing whether 20 year olds can play professional football) and he described Rouse as "looking like Tarzan and playing like Jane".

    The round one pick can be an impact player(unless his repeated injury history pops up again). It probably means Corey Williams might go unless he plays cheap.

    Round 2 pick seems to be ok, but this guy over Antonio Pittman who was still available? Ted, hello, Ted, are you still sleeping?

    Round 3. Good special teams player. 4.5 speed for a wide out? Third round for a special teams player?

    Round 3. Plays like Jane.

    I think what they are doing is, like 2005, stocking the second tier.

    One of the best raps on Ted Thompson someone said in print was he knows second-tier players.(Largely because they work cheap). But if you look at Seattle, he stocked a team of 'good' players, without many 'impact' players. Seems like he's doing the same in Green Bay.

    Take a look at the first day picks of the Vikings, Bears and Lions and tell me the Packers had a better day.
     

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