NFL Draft Spotlight: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

by Cory J. Bonini on April 20, 2010 @ 04:04:17 PDT

 


An athletic freak of nature, South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul brings an interesting dynamic to the 2010 NFL Draft. A junior with one year of experience, JPP is well-traveled after academic issues caused him to attend two junior colleges in as many years. How does this enigma's skill set translate to the NFL?

Strengths

  • Physically imposing: 6-foot-5, 270 pounds
  • Insane athleticism: Many people remember Pierre-Paul's viral backflip video - he's a physical specimen.
  • Impressive speed and fantastic first step
  • Unbelievable balance and body control
  • Laterally capable
  • Agile
  • Long arms
  • OK in coverage
  • No known character issues
  • Productive: 16.0 sacks in 2009
  • Versatile - line up as a stand-up rusher
  • Bats down a lot of passes
  • Has upside

Weaknesses

  • Inexperienced and raw
  • Not very powerful - easily overmatched by bigger blockers
  • Limited array of pass-rushing moves (doesn't do much beyond an outside speed rush and a bull rush against smaller linemen)
  • Dances too much - needs to be more decisive against the run
  • Not an explosive tackler
  • Occasionally seems disinterested and disappears

Expected draft placement

While he could probably get away with playing outside linebacker in a 3-4, any team strongly considering him knows Pierre-Paul is a better 4-3 defensive end. He would fit well in a Tampa 2 system but could hold up in a rotation for most other schemes.

If Pierre-Paul, who reminds us a little of a young Jevon Kearse, isn't drafted in the top 20 to 25 picks, we'll be very surprised. He's athletic, has room to grow and posted eye-popping stats in his limited time.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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