Thursday, April 22, 2010
Giants take DE Jason Pierre-Paul
By Dan Graziano
No matter what you hear coming out of Giants camp, you have to believe the Osi Umenyiora may have come to a close. The Giants basically took a player in Jason Pierre-Paul who's a younger version of Umenyiora. My only problem with this pick is that it seems like sort of a project. I've always heard from scouts that you never take "projects" early in the draft.
Pierre-Paul has all the ability in the world, but we haven't seen him do it for long. The guy started for half a season at South Florida. He's an explosive athlete with unusually long arms, but he doesn't really have a clue how to diagnose pulling guards and other fronts at this point. I think Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka are safe for now.
Folks compare Pierre-Paul to a young Jevon Kearse. Remarkable body length. He's definitely built like the kind of players Jerry Reese covets. Look at Clint Sintim from last season. Long, long arms. Remarkable speed for a big guy. This is a high-risk, high-reward type pick. A guy like Derrick Morgan is more complete at this point, but Pierre-Paul has the higher upside.