Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was the lone member of the New York Giants to crack NFL.com writer Elliot Harrison’s All-Under-25 Team.
The team, which was comprised of the top 25 players under 25 years of age, included 11 players on offense and defense in addition to a punter, kicker and extra defender to account for both a 3-4 and 4-3 scheme.
Pierre-Paul, who turned 24 on Jan. 1, has recorded 27.5 sacks and 132 tackles in his first three seasons out of South Florida. Harrison wrote this on the Giants end.
Yes, he had a dip in production in 2012, but that’s because teams simply would not let him match 2011. Pierre-Paul still had 6.5 sacks and 21.5 knockdowns/hurries, and even had a pick-six.
JPP was joined on the defensive line by Houston’s J.J. Watt, Cincinnati’s Geno Atkins and Tampa Bay’s Gerald McCoy.
Linebackers included Von Miller of the Denver Broncos, Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers, and Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers.
Defensive backs included Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks, Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals and Rashad Jones of the Miami Dolphins.
Offensively, the unit is led by Seattle QB Russell Wilson. Running backs: Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy and Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin. Wide receivers: Cincinnati’s A.J. Green and Dallas’ Dez Bryant. Tight end: New England’s Rob Gronkowski.
Along the offensive line: Trent Williams of Washington, Kevin Zeitler of Cincinnati, Mike Pouncey of Miami, Jon Asamoah of Kansas City and Tyron Smith of Dallas.
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