With former Pro Bowler Osi Umenyiora having a subpar season in 2009, the Giants wasted no time selecting the draft's most freakish player, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul of South Florida with the 15th overall pick.
Known on YouTube for his backflips, Pierre-Paul knows the Giants were more impressed with his ability to toss QBs on their backs.
The 6-5, 270-pound DE is long, lean and New York hopes extremely mean. With only one year at South Florida, Pierre-Paul is considered somewhat of a risk. Coach Tom Coughlin addressed reporters shortly after the pick about the lack of experience saying, "I don't think there's any greater risk than any other guy."
At his first minicamp with vets, Pierre-Paul shrugged off comments about his inexperience. Instead he remained focused on the chance to compete with his teammates for the first time.
"They have gone out of their way to help me out," he said about the other defensive ends. "They haven't teased me yet (about being the #1 pick). I'm not worried if they do. It's part of football and being a rookie. "
Pierre-Paul noticed the difference right away when playing against the Giants potent offense.
"The O-linemen on this team are good," he said. "The tackles are good. It's a different game when you get to the NFL. Everyone has talent. The key is to play real fast. Bam-bam. Even if you make mistakes, you go fast."
Pierre-Paul Thinks, Plays Fast
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