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RealityCheck
01-06-2010, 06:06 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/news/story?id=4802385

South Florida junior defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft after just one year of playing major college football.

"It was a tough decision for him, but in the end he thought he had nothing to lose," said his sister, Nadia Pierre-Paul. "When you have this kind of opportunity, you have to take it."

Pierre-Paul, who did not arrive on South Florida's campus from junior college until late August, has been projected as a potential first-round pick. He is admittedly raw but has worlds of potential with his athletic 6-foot-6, 260-pound frame.

Pierre-Paul overshadowed his more famous Bulls teammate, George Selvie, this season. He led the team with 6.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and six quarterback hurries. He also has an interception, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick.

He did not even play football until the playoffs of his junior year of high school.

"Jason never thought this would happen to him so soon," Nadia Pierre-Paul said. "He's very excited that he's made it this far."

HeavyLeggedWaistBender
01-06-2010, 06:29 PM
Good stuff. Hope he performs well at Indy.

princefielder28
01-06-2010, 06:33 PM
Smart choice, top 20 selection

Scott Wright
01-06-2010, 06:47 PM
For those who missed it here's a clip of South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul doing back-flips:

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D-Unit
01-06-2010, 06:53 PM
He saw what happened to George Selvie's stock and said to himself... I'm not that stupid.

detroit4life
01-06-2010, 06:55 PM
he was the tall one right?

TitanHope
01-06-2010, 07:10 PM
he was the tall one right?

Yup, he's the one who traveled farthest and did more backflips.


Cool clip. What's more impressive? A bagillion backflips by JPP or Jarron Gilbert jumping completely out of a pool? Cause that Gilbert clip was pretty badass! :D

RaiderNation
01-06-2010, 07:17 PM
I hope we dont use 8 on him. Id be fine if we traded down though

dabears10
01-06-2010, 07:21 PM
You down with JPP?


Yeah you know me!

CC.SD
01-06-2010, 07:27 PM
1 year of high school...came early out of college...raw athleticism...incredibly fast rise in draft stock...I don't know enough about him as a prospect but he is setting off Bust warnings everywhere. I always approve of more pass rushers entering the NFL though.

CashmoneyDrew
01-06-2010, 07:38 PM
I never really got to see the kid play, but what's the deal here? He has size, but his numbers don't appear that impressive. Especially since he was playing opposite of Selvie.

Scott Wright
01-06-2010, 07:43 PM
I also wrote a blog about "JPP" on December 10th:

http://www.draftcountdown.com/blog/Wright-Stuff-Blog.php#dec10

Hurricanes25
01-06-2010, 07:46 PM
Just my opinon but I think he went from underrated to overrated.

phlysac
01-06-2010, 09:05 PM
Well, those are back hand springs but I digress.

It was more impressive when he did a standing backflip in full uniform right before their bowl game. Can't find video.

Unbiased
01-06-2010, 09:13 PM
Just my opinon but I think he went from underrated to overrated.

Agreed. A lot to like, but even more not to like about him.

villagewarrior
01-07-2010, 07:37 AM
Concerned with lack of experience and the three schools in three years thing, but the raw tools are impressive. 16.5 TFLs isn't anything to sneeze at. Very intrigueing.

FUNBUNCHER
01-07-2010, 07:45 AM
With the right Dline coach in the pros, he looks like someone with near unlimited potential.

I would still be hesitant to take him in the top 20, though.

619
01-07-2010, 07:47 AM
What about Simeon Rice for a comparison?

FUNBUNCHER
01-07-2010, 08:04 AM
What about Simeon Rice for a comparison?

Except that Simeon Rice was a dominant player in college; this kid is basically all potential and athletic ability.

619
01-07-2010, 08:18 AM
Except that Simeon Rice was a dominant player in college; this kid is basically all potential and athletic ability.

I was thinking more of a 'pro' comparison when I asked it, though your point remains the same. This is a kid whose potential trumps any risk once you get outside the top 10. After Morgan there really isn't anybody who should unquestionably be rated above this guy, and that includes Griffen. I think his raw ability is sometimes overstated and we fail to acknowledge the real impact he had on that South Florida defense in one season. Outside the top 10 you take that risk, whatever it may be, although I don't see it as significant as others, but whatever.

no bare feet
01-07-2010, 01:56 PM
I started the first thread about this guy on this site, I better get some of his signing bonus!

ThePudge
01-07-2010, 02:42 PM
He's a Top 15 pick. A very smart decision.

WMD
01-07-2010, 02:48 PM
Aaron Maybin?

Flyboy
01-07-2010, 03:49 PM
Except that Simeon Rice was a dominant player in college; this kid is basically all potential and athletic ability.

Sounds a lot like Aaron Maybin...

holt_bruce81
01-07-2010, 03:52 PM
I still like Selvie more. But who does everyone else think will be the better pro? JPP or Selvie?

superman8456
01-07-2010, 04:02 PM
Sounds a lot like Aaron Maybin...

Questionable comparison. Aaron Maybin had an insane season putting up some pretty big numbers against pretty good competition. He was a good athlete with a freak first step. Pretty undersized however.

JPP is an absolute monster athlete, with little production to back it up. But he benefits from people not worrying about his technique so much because he only played one year of legit college football. He has the prototypical NFL size that a 1st rounder would have and backs it up athletically.

I wonder how much he weighs though, because in that video he looks a little bit on the lighter side.

princefielder28
01-07-2010, 05:32 PM
I want to compare the skill set of Pierre-Paul to that of Antwan Odom coming out of Alabama

bigbuc
01-12-2010, 06:12 PM
Mel Kiper has JPP as a top ten pick? That's a little high for me.