Can Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul Develop into a Star?

Written by Barshay Graves

Monday, 16 May 2011 11:14

NEW YORK, USA - The New York Football Giants have built a reputation for having one of the stoutest defensive lines in the National Football League. Jason Pierre-Paul was one of the newest additions last season, equipping the line with another feared weapon.

The 6-5 270 pound Paul, is in a great situation. Having the luxury of being on a team with great defensive ends in Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, Paul’s game can only catapult, taking him to elite levels in the league.

The 22 year-old Haitian American, nicknamed “JPP” is still quite raw in terms of football experience. The 2011 season will only be his sixth season playing football.

In comparison to his contemporaries, most of them more than likely played their sixth season of football in middle school. This leaves room for exponential growth on the football field as he learns the intricacies of the NFL game from the best coaches, while being alongside top pros, and against the best talent.

Paul grew up playing basketball before an injury forced him to give up the game he loved. In his senior year of high school he picked up football where he discovered he was a natural.

Pierre-Paul vs McNabb 1
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The New York Giants made him the highest pick in the history of the University of South Florida with the fifteenth overall selection in the 2010 draft.

JPP played a decent first season finishing with 30 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles which were fairly close to the numbers he put up his junior year at USF.

He shows the most promise of any other defensive end selected in the first round of the 2010 draft. He had more tackles than Brandon Graham (13th overall), Derrick Morgan (16th overall), and Jerry Hughes (31st overall) combined. He turned out to be the best rookie defensive besides Carlos Dunlap of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The reason why this could be such a big year for Paul is because he never played football in one system for more than a single season. Having already experienced mild success in his initial season, the sky is the limit for Paul. He has the total package.

With a second year in the Giants system combined with additional tutelage of skilled veterans, it would be no surprise if Paul emerged as a star this season and develops into a star that dominates the league for years to come.

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