The moment defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul stepped onto the field for the New York Giants, it was obvious General Manager Jerry Reese had made the right decision by drafting him in the first-round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Although he was raw, his natural athleticism immediately set him apart from many around the league. That was never more evident than in his second season when he collected 86 tackles, 16.5 sacks and batted down seven passes. Now, heading into his third season, JPP fully expects to continue his all-around improvement.
"I've gotten better every year I've played – high school, college and pros. I should be even better this year," JPP said.
Continued improvement from one of the already elite defensive ends in the league should strike fear into every single opponent on the Giants' 2012 schedule. JPP has a Lawrence Taylor-like athletic ability and may arguably be the best all-around defensive player Big Blue has had on their roster since LT. It's possible the league sees that as well, as he's yet to be named to the NFL's Top 100 Players List with only 30 participants remaining. A top 30 placement after only two years in the league would be telling.
"It's an honor to even be on list, if I'm even on it." JPP said, adding with a laugh: "It'd be great to be ranked ahead of Eli."
Whether or not JPP gets that recognition is irrelevant in the long run, but you can bet that any offensive lineman who has attempted to block him, or any running back/wide receiver who he's run down, would tell you he's more than deserving of the top 30. And he's only going to get better and better.
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