Originally Posted by AcheTen
Graham had a better year last year, and had a better rookie season until his injury.
Except for 2011, when Graham had to sit out the entire year due to the ACL injury he suffered in 2010, Graham has actually been a better player than Pierre Paul on a per-snap basis. Check Profootballfocus.com for their 4-3 DE rankings.
And I actually think that going forward, Graham can have the better overall career than PIerre-Paul. I think in 5 years, we will look back at Pierre Pauls' career and say "well, aside from that fluky 2011 season, he wasn't all that great".
I'm really tired of people constantly bringing up Jason Pierre Paul as the answer to all questions about "raw" prospects. Guess what? It's only been THREE years in the league for Pierre Paul as a player. He sucked in his rookie season, and he was average last year. 2011 was his only "good" year so far. He could still be a disappointing player in the long run. Players have one good year and never do anything else noteworthy all the time in the NFL. The history of the NFL is littered with "one year wonders". Pierre Paul could easily become one of these.
Comparing 2 players solely on the basis of a per snap performance pass rushing basis is so fundamentally idiotic, especially when one player is a situational player while the other is a full time player. I like Brandon Graham a lot, and think that he is a solid rusher who has caught some bad breaks in his career, but he's no JPP.
The truth is not all pass rushing snaps are created equal. Somebody is going to rush very differently on 2nd and 2 than 3rd and 16. Also, blocking assignments, quality of opposing tackles, rush assignments, and technique varies widely from team to team. Simply saying player x got 20 rushes in 200 snaps doesn't mean he would have had 40 rushes in 400 snaps.
There is a lot more to being a quality passing situation DE than simply getting high pressure statistics, especially since the definition of a pressure is so nebulous and dependent on the person to begin with.