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Prospect Profiles-DE Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida)

UP next in my prospect profile series  is a freak of an athlete, Jason Pierre Paul. The man who did 15 straight handstands or whatever he was doing that you can find on youtube.

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6’5 270 pounds 34.75 inch arms. 10 3/8 inch hands. 4.64 40. 19 bench presses


Career: 46 tackles, 6 sacks 1 INT.

JPP played only one season at a major division one college, which was this past season.

Big Games:

@ FSU 4 tackles, and 1 sack.

vs Syracuse 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT

@ Rutgers 6 tackles 2 sacks

vs Miami 7 tackles, 1 sack.

Pierre Paul wasn’t super productive, but he had some pretty good games vs some decent competition, but it’s not like USF plays a great schedule

Scouting Reports

Mel. Kiper Jr. (1 exceptional, 3 average, 5 marginal)

Overall Football Traits
Production 3 2007: Started his career at College of the Canyons; 49 tackles, 19 TFL, 14 sacks, 2 FF, 1 INT, 1 FR. 2008: Transferred to Fort Scott Community College; 70 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 3 FF, 2 FR; First-team Community College All-America. 2009: Transferred to South Florida; (10/10) 33 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FF.
Height-Weight-Speed 2 Possesses a high-cut frame with good overall bulk and length along with above-average top-end speed.
Durability 1 Durability is not a concern.
Intangibles 2 Has made an immediate impact in his first season in the FBS. Has the athleticism to transition to a 3-4 rush end at the NFL level.
Defensive End specific Traits
Pass Rush Skills 2 Excels in this area. Shows good anticipation of the snap count and a quick first step. Bends naturally around the edge. Uses long arms and hands to keep offensive tackles from engaging. Flashes the ability to generate leverage and rock tackles back into the pocket on occasion. Shows a wide variety of pass rush moves and can counter back inside once engaged by the tackle. Runs a tight loop inside on twists and shows above-average closing burst when he gets a lane to the quarterback.
Athleticism/Versatility 2 Above-average athlete. Light on his feet and plays with good overall balance. Moves laterally with ease. Changes directions well enough to spot-drop into coverage on occasion but cannot be counted on consistently in that area.
Versus the Run 3 Still developing in this area. Needs to play with lower pad level. Struggles to generate leverage and anchor when teams elect to run at him. Will turn his back to the play against double-teams and is easily rooted off the line of scrimmage when he does. Still learning how to use his hands properly to disengage. Above-average burst and long legs give him a wide range. Takes proper angles in pursuit and can get down the line from the back side to get involved in the play. Long arms provide him with solid overall tackling skills and he flashes the ability to deliver violent hits on occasion.
Instincts/Competitiveness 3 Shows a consistent motor and rarely takes plays off. Hustles from the back side in pursuit. Needs to show more aggression and is more of a finesse player at this point. Does a nice job of getting hands in passing windows when he sees quarterback starting his throwing motion. Still developing overall instincts and needs to a better job of sniffing out screens and draws.

Draft Board Insider

Scouting Report-I first put JPP in the top of my first round of my mock draft about a month and a half ago.  You watch him play, and it seems like he has a gear that the rest of the players don’t.  Physically he’s imposing, with a long frame and arms and you can see that he’s built to put on more quality weight if he needs to.  From a technical standpoint, I see a guy right now who is dominating one on ones mainly due to an overwhelming athletic advantage.  He doesn’t have a great array of pass rush moves, but to this point he hasn’t needed to.  An explosive first step, adequate power, excellent vision and closing speed are what his strengths.  At the snap he gets up into the offensive lineman, makes his read and he’s gone.  He doesn’t do well with double teams, and that has a lot to do with the fact that he just doesn’t have a ton of moves yet.  Once he develops a second and third pass rush move he’ll be even better.  Right now, you watch him play in run support, and you see a guy who can get down the line and catch running backs in the back field and is a good finisher on his tackles. 

 Draft Status-I think once it all plays out, and teams get to see JPP workout, the rest of the world will catch up and he will be a solid first round pick.  The only debate for me is, compared to guys like Carlos Dunlap or Derrick Morgan, where will he end up? 

 Final AnalysisMight not be a player in this draft with more upside than JPP.  He was productive in his one year at USF, but the fact he’s only got one year after two excellent years at JC, his lack of experience has to be a consideration.  For some, where he’ll play is an issue.  As he is now, at 260lbs, he could play a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 rush OLB, so that’s not a concern for me.  The idea he could put on 15lbs and play full time 4-3 DE is interesting.  Like most DE’s who may transition to OLB, his coverage ability is an unknown, but his athleticism isn’t.  His effort isn’t.  These things are both huge plusses for him.  As much talk as he gets about his ability to rush the passer, I love the way he reads the run play and doesn’t shy away from being physical against the run.  That sort of mentality would serve him well in a 3-4.  He’s a very good tackler, and as I said, when this kid gets in shorts and works out, I think people are going to be impressed with his measureables. 

 Reminds me of: Andre Carter, DE San Fransisco.  Carter is a disruptive player and has been that way as both a 4-3 DE and a 3-4 OLB, and JPP can be that same kind of player.  He can come after guys with his hand on the ground and he can play standing up as well.  He’s bigger than Carter and more athletic, but I can see his career path being rather similar

  • Prototypical size with room to bulk
  • Ridiculously quick first step
  • Has great speed and athleticism
  • Terrific flexibility and balance
  • Underrated power
  • Plays at a very high level when motivated
  • Nice agility and lateral movement
  • Equips a variety of pass rush moves
  • Strong hands
  • Anticipates snap count well
  • Great counter moves
  • Seems comfortable in coverage
  • Can stand up and rush
  • Adept at batting down passes
  • Vines for arms
  • Very, very high upside
  • Scheme versatile (4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB)
  • Weaknesses:

  • Seems disinterested against the run
  • A little too finesse – needs to be more aggressive
  • Doesn’t willingly engage double teams
  • Hands are a work in progress
  • Slow to disengage
  • Could play with a lower pad level
  • Very raw and inexperienced
  • Could get a little stronger
  • Occasionally disappears in games
  • Summary: I love JPP’s skill set and I think when it is all said and done, I will give him a first-round grade. However, I am going to be conservative with his evaluation right now. I have questions as to why he bounced around to another community college, as he must have struggled academically. Sometimes he doesn’t seem to love the game, but for the most part I like him as a prospect and he is worth taking a chance on. I’ll be very surprised if his name isn’t called in the top 25 picks.
  • Player Comparison: Gaines Adams. Forget that Adams was a bust in Tampa. This comparison has everything to do will the SKILL SET and JPP is exactly like Adams. Different intangibles could lead to a different career for JPP.

    Big Board Rankings 10th

    Mel Kiper Jr. 7th

    ESPN Scouts Inc. 4th

    Draftboard Insider 8th 15th

    CBS Nfl Draft Scout 16th

    Where the Mocks have him fallen (as we get closer to draft) 1st round, 12th pick Dolphins

    CBS Draft Scout: 1st round 14th pick, Seattle; 1st round 6th pick Seattle 2nd round pick #33 St. Louis Rams

    DraftboardInsider 1st round 7th pick Cleveland 1st round, 11th pick  Jaguars

    ESPN Scouts Inc 1st round pick #3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

    No one can deny that JPP is a good athlete, but people are also right to have questions about whether he is a legetimate big time prospect. Pierre Paul has great intial explosiveness and can flat out run for a man his size. He has such a high upside that he might go in the top five picks, and it seems unlikely that he will make it past Jacksonville at 10 (I think the one mock where it says JAX at 11 was before a coin flip).

    The other question about JPP is…can he play in the 4-3 full time or is he a hybrid 3-4 OLB?

    3-4 hybrid OLB are scary to draft becuase they seem to be a boom or bust kind of prospect, but that’s not something the Giants have to worry about too much.

    Bartolis Final Verdict

    If Jason Pierre Paul is available at #15 he might intirgue the Giants enough to take him, but for me I’m not in love with that scenario. Sure he has great upside, but to me first round draft picks are about NOT Messing up. You can’t win in this league if you get your first round draft picks wrong, I’m all about value and when I’m evaluating talent or drafting (hypothetically of course) I’m taking it on what I think the player WILL Be in the N.F.L. not what he Might be.

    I like Carlos Dunlap more than I like Jason Pierre Paul, and I REALLY like Derrick Morgan for the Giants if he’s available at #15th overall.

    Derrick Morgan is a big guy who can play the run and pass equally well and has a high motor that’s the kind of player you want. Not a player who didn’t have great production, only has one year of College football experience and might have excelled only because he was a better athlete than his opponets.

    Jason Pierre Paul has high upside, but he also has high bust-rate written all over him, to me at least.

    He would also seeme to buck a trend I’ve noticed…which is something I’ve said numerous times, but Jerry Reese has shown a penchant for drafting players that come from Big Time Schools in the first couple of rounds, the USC, Texas, Miami, Virginia, Michigan kind of schools for the most part…but he has drafted Hakeem Nicks (UNC) and Ramses Barden (Cal Poly) in the first three rounds.

    I think the Giants will draft Best Player Available especially since they have Chris Canty and Jay Alford coming back this year with Barry Coefield and that they signed Antrel Rolle, and like Carlos Dunlap if they draft JPP I won’t hate it, but I Won’t love it either.

    I’d rather see a Derrick Morgan, Bryan Bulaga, Anthony Davis, Bruce Campbell, Earl Thomas (although that seems less likely now), Joe Haden, Rolando McClain,  C.J. Spiller Brian Price to name a few players.

     Previous Profiles

    DT Geno Atkins

    DT Lamarr Houston

    RB Jahvid Best

    OT Trent Williams

    Derrick Morgan

    OL Mike Iupati

    S Chad Jones

    OLB/DE Sergio Kindle

    Sean Weatherspoon

    ILB Sean Lee

    S Eric Berry

    OT Bruce Campbell

    ILB Daryl Washington

    DT/NT Dan Williams (Updated with K.C. Joyner’s Draft Lab 2/7)

    CB Kyle Wilson

    DT Jared Odrick

    DE Carlos Dunlap

    ILB Micah Johnson

    DT Arthur Jones

    OT Bryan Baluga

    OT Anthony Davis (UPDATED 2/5/10)

    DT Brian Price

    ILB Brandon Spikes

    S Earl Thomas

    ILB Rolando McClain

    RB C.J. Spiller

    S Taylor Mays

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    6 Responses to “Prospect Profiles-DE Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida)”

    1. Jeremy says:

      He would be good to pick up if he was still there in the 3rd round. No sooner then that.

    2. Curtis says:

      I agree. But I’d rather get an OT in the third round.

    3. Good I’m glad you guys are with me on this…I’m not in love with him for sure.

      High upside players who didn’t dominate at the college level don’t pan out a ton, but prospects who did dominate at the college level, but aren’t elite athletes (IE Great FOOTBALL PLAYERS!) rarely completely bust.

      I hope JPP is gone by the time the Giants pick because that just means that another better player will still be on the board for the Giants.

    4. CMH says:

      Any chatter about Gibril Wilson coming back?

      • Jeremy says:

        No on Gibril. He almost let Moss catch those Hail Mary’s Brady through in the waning seconds of superbowl 42.

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