Scouting Report: Jason Pierre-Paul

Written by Will Spencer on April 20, 2010

Jason Pierre-Paul

Position: DE School: South Florida
Height: 6’4 3/4 Weight: 270 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 4.72

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

First Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 7.5
Quickness/Agility 10 9
Strength/Explosion 10 8.5
Athletic Ability 8 8
Durability 8 8
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 2.5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 10

Defensive Line Specific Categories


Max. Value


Run Stopping 8 3.5
Pass Rushing 8 7.5
Awareness 8 5.5
Hand Placement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System


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.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 42 26 16 6 0 1 1

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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