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?
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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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