Scouting Report: Jason Pierre-Paul
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Explosive first step. Very quick around the edge. Has a wide array of pass rush moves. Ultra-athletic. Does a nice job extending long arms (34 3/4“) and keeping the blocker at a distance. Changes directions while rushing at ease. High motor. Does a nice job in pursuit. Persistent. Excellent at timing the quarterback’s throw and getting his arms up to bat the pass down. Rushed from both a 3-point stance and 2-point stance, at both LDE and RDE.
A raw talent. Hasn’t had much experience at all. Transferred from one JUCO, to another JUCO, and only played in 13 games with 7 starts at USF. Doesn’t hold up well when teams rush directly at him. Can be over-aggressive at times and will over-run the play. Needs to get stronger at the point of attack, especially in the run game. Limited awareness. Seems like most of his production came against RTs.
The upside for Pierre-Paul is almost unlimited. He has more potential than any defensive lineman in this draft, but has some work to do. He’s a pure finesse player at this point and needs to work on many of the technical aspects of the game. Pierre-Paul has very limited experience, transferring from a JUCO school to USF and playing in only 10 games at the Division I level. However, he was very dominate when he did play, so the future is bright for him. He’s an ideal fit as a 4-3 defensive end, but has the athleticism to play 3-4 rush linebacker in the right scheme. Depending on the team, it shouldn’t necessarily be expected that he’ll make an immediate impact. However, given proper coaching, he could be one of the best pass rushers in the league. Pierre-Paul passed up offers from Florida, Miami, Florida State, Kansas State, Arizona and Nebraska and Oklahoma State to play at South Florida. We ranked Pierre-Paul lower than most, mainly due to his VERY limited experience, but he’s almost definitely going to be drafted higher than our ranking based off his unlimited potential as a pass rusher.
Played two years at two different JUCO schools, and then transferred to USF, where he played/started in only 10 games.
Awards and Honors
2009: 1st team All-Big East.
Interdisciplinary social sciences major at South Florida.
No history of injuries.
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