In the season of improving one’s roster, decision-makers across the NFL are searching for the next impact player to build a team around for the years to come. But if you are fortunate enough, you have already found him.
The Giants, according to NFL analyst Elliot Harrison, are one of those teams.
Setting out to find the best 25 players under 25 years of age — 11 offense, 11 defense, a kicker, a punter and one extra defender accounting for 4-3 and 3-4 alignments — Harrison named Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to his “All-Under-25 Team.”
“Pro football is a young man’s game — no doubt about that,” Harrison wrote. “Nonetheless, it is generally understood that the prime of a player’s career is when he is still in his athletic peak, yet the game has slowed down enough for him, in a figurative sense, that he knows what he’s doing without thinking about it.”
Pierre-Paul, who turned 24 on Jan. 1, fit the bill, having recorded 27.5 sacks and 132 total tackles in his first three seasons.
“Yes, he had a dip in production in 2012, but that’s because teams simply would not let him match 2011,” Harrison continued. “Pierre-Paul still had 6.5 sacks and 21.5 knockdowns/hurries, and even had a pick-six.”
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