In a column on NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah lists seven players in a group dubbed “dominant non-quarterbacks.” Among those are Calvin Johnson, Rob Gronkowski, Darrelle Revis, DaMarcus Ware, Jared Allen, Justin Smith and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
The impressive aspect to this story is that Jeremiah polled executives, coaches and scouts around the league and he came up with these seven based on his findings.
Here is what he had to say about the Giants’ Pro Bowler.
Pierre-Paul is the defensive version of Calvin Johnson. His physical size and athletic ability are so off the charts that it is tough to come up with a defensive comparison from the present or the past. His length and ability to corner the edge is similar to Jevon Kearse, but he’s much thicker and stronger. In 2011, JPP was a dominant force with 86 tackles and 16.5 sacks. He creates major matchup problems no matter where he aligns. From the outside, his power is a major issue for offensive tackles, while his quickness gives interior offensive lineman fits. One highly respected NFL defensive line coach believes he’s the best pass rusher to enter the league in the past 10 years.
You won’t find many people who don’t attribute the mere fact the Giants even made the playoffs to JPP’s dominant play in 2011, especially down the stretch. He had a monster game against the Dallas Cowboys in their first meeting, blocking the potential game-tying field goal. JPP forced teams in the playoffs to pay so much attention to him, it allowed Osi Umenyiora to go off with 3.5 sacks in four games.
Those 86 tackles led all defensive lineman, and his 16.5 sacks ranked third. The scary part? JPP hasn’t even come close to reaching his full potential. We could be talking about a future first ballot Hall of Famer here.
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