Jason Pierre-Paul

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Defensive End

6’ 6” 265 lbs.

Junior

South Florida

Strengths: Size and athleticism

Weaknesses: Experience

By Scot Acocks

In 2007 South Florida defensive end George Selvie tied an NCAA record with 31.5 tackles for a loss and was honored as an All-American. He was being projected as a future first round draft pick with the ability to rush the passer and terrorize backfields on regular basis. Since then, however, Selvie has barely been a nuisance to opposing offenses.

Jason Peirre-Paul was recruited out of Fort Scott College to help take some pressure off of Selvie immediately. After a few games in 2009 offenses had to start paying more attention to Peirre-Paul, who was doing just as he was brought in to do and more. The one problem was that Selvie still could not take advantage of the help and has completely slid off the radar, and as a result Peirre-Paul was being double teamed on a regular basis.

Peirre-Paul was no secret coming to South Florida as he was the #3 rated junior college recruit last year by Phil Steele and #6 by Rivals.com. He is as athletic as a guy gets at his size and possesses a fairly muscular build, despite his long frame.

In one season at South Florida Pierre-Paul was an All-Big East First Team selection with 45 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, and 6.5 sacks, and was also named First Team All-American by Pro Football Weekly.

He spent a lot of time in the backfield and did a good job of taking on blockers, often disrupting schemes before they had a chance to get situated.

The biggest problem with him is that he is still a bit of an unknown. There isn’t as much information on him as other guys who have been playing in the FBS for a few years already. He has only been there for one season and scouts would like to see more of him facing top competition. At this point they hope he isn’t a fluke, as in the case of his teammate Selvie.

There are also some questions about his intelligence and character. It is worth noting that he played for two different junior colleges before coming to USF and was late to camp in ’09. Pro scouts will want to get some answers on all of that one way or another. It would not be doubtful for pro scouts to ask to see all his college transcripts to see how dedicated he was in the classroom as well as on the field.

If Peirre-Paul wants to be a first round pick in the 2010 NFL draft he will need to answer a lot of questions. He will be expected to run a good forty and perform well in all the other measurable drills. The biggest questions, though, will come when he is faced with having to talk to coaches and general managers in interview sessions and when he takes the Wonderlic Test, which is the NFL’s version of an intelligence quotient. It is designed to estimate your ability to recognize and solve problems.

If he does have some seriously mind-blowing workouts within the next few months and seems to work well and communicate with others, he could become the talk of the scouting combine and find himself taken in the top 20 of the first round.

Career Stats:

College of the Canyons (Fr)

Fort Scott Community College (Soph)

South Florida (Jr)