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Next Day Thoughts: Jason Pierre-Paul

Sorry for the lateness on this. Been running around all day (and just because this is awesome: Met someone named Bob Dylan. Not related. Born after Dylan was famous. You can’t make this stuff up. But, I digress).

Anyway, as we all know, the Giants made Jason Pierre-Paul the 15th overall pick in the 2010 draft. I’ve had some time to think about it, and have my thoughts in order. Here they are, some next day thoughts on Jason Pierre-Paul.

-It’s clear he’s the best pass rusher in the draft. Derrick Morgan might be the better player, but JPP is the best pass rusher. The reason I’m not a fan of him is because he’s raw. But, he’s got all the talent. I think, eventually, he could be a Mario Williams type. He has that ability. But, he’s only played one year of major college football, and only had 6.5 sacks. But the talent is there.

-Originally, I thought this meant the end of the Osi Umenyiora era. And it still may be. But, after last night, I’m not so sure. When the Jeremy Shockey saga was going on, Jerry Reese kept repeating: “Anything can happen in personnel.” But, he came out with a pretty firm denial last night. GMs like to leave themselves some wiggle room. Reese didn’t.

-Pierre-Paul will probably be a situational pass rusher. I think you could see a front on passing downs of Kiwanuka, Tuck, Pierre-Paul and Umenyiora. That’s a scary combo.

-My gut is that Pierre-Paul with do one of two things next year: Make a splash rushing the passer, or be a quiet contributor. I don’t think he’ll bust–he’s too talented. But, he may not live up to his potential. Entering the league, he’s going to be a good pass rusher. His burst is fantastic. But, because his running game skills are lacking, he can only make an impact on special teams and on passing downs.

-The Giants can get very creative with him. They can put him as an outside linebacker, and use him as a rush linebacker in certain situations. They can move him inside. He can be a special teams demon.

-I feel better about this today than I did yesterday. I’ve always thought Pierre-Paul was talented, but his rawness scared me. He’s not going to contribute on 1st and 2nd downs. He’s a one down player. That may be okay, if we don’t trade Osi. If we do, he’s going to have to play more, and he’s not ready for that. Still, he’s a tremendous athlete, and has unlimited potential. He could be special. Or he could wash out. Who knows. The draft is a crapshoot. For the Giants, so is Pierre-Paul.

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3 Responses to “Next Day Thoughts: Jason Pierre-Paul”

  1. Steve B. says:

    I love his upside, no player in the draft has a higher ceiling then JPP. And from what I had read it sounds like he has a really high motor, and if the Giants can somehow put everything together, we might have the next great pass rusher in the league on the Giants.

    Now with that said, he is EXTREMELY Raw, only 7 starts! So it might be a good thing if he is just a situational rusher, let him develop, because the kid is physically gifted.

    Reminds me a little bit of Julius Peppers, but with a high motor. I might be wrong, probably just correlated the fact that they have the same number.

    Couple players that i like for later rounds
    Sean Lee, Dexter McCluster, Brian Price, Lamarr Houston, AOA, Javier Arenas, Joe McKnight.

    • Steve B. says:

      Also this pick will really help our rotation, and hopefully keep everyone fresh, and healthy for the full season

  2. mims says:

    the more i read on this kid the more i like. i especially like the way he is built..the height and speed is lethal combo,and those long arms! With a great Dc this kid has potential! remember in 2007 we lined osi and strahan or osi and tuck on the blind side..i think that is what they are thinking……I think the kid is eagr and a quick study..He only played 1/2 the season and had 7 sacks….not too shabby….. and those arms….. i can see him and osi already..goooo giants!

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