Voters: Dr. Bill Chachkes, Kel Dansby, John Fennelly, Chris Johnson, Dan Orlando (Sports World Report), Rich Resch, Craig Santucci, Dan Stack, Jon Wagner
Jason Pierre-PaulVotes received: Dansby (2nd place), Fennelly (2nd), Johnson (2nd), Orlando (2nd), Resch (2nd), Stack (2nd), Wagner (2nd), Chachkes (4th), Santucci (7th)
Resch: There is only one player the Giants simply cannot afford to lose (if you're keeping score at home, you know that [SPOILER ALERT!] we think that player is Eli Manning), but if the Giants lose JPP for an extended amount of time, it will be absolutely devastating. In only his second season, this freak of a man put the Giants' oft-injured defense on his back and carried them to respectability until the unit's other stars were healthy enough to pitch in. His game-clinching blocked field goal against the Cowboys was a microcosm of his monster season.
Technically, he can still use some refinement, which is a scary thought for the rest of the NFL. If he continues to develop the way he has in his first two seasons, one could reasonably expect him to take home a Defensive Player of the Year award in the next few seasons. If this is as far as he will develop, he was still more than worthy of the 15th overall pick...heck, he's already playing like a guy who was taken first overall. I would say the sky is the limit, but then I'd look like a fool when JPP backflips onto the moon.
Stack: About to become the face of the defense.
Dansby: He has to now play with expectations and with teams planning to stop him.
Johnson: Versatile pass rusher who makes plays at the line and downfield, even contributes on special teams. Defensive POY candidate.
Chachkes: Poised to become one of the best, most dominant pass rushers in the NFL, Jason is working hard to continue to learn additional moves. I still can't believe he's only playing the game since H.S, the way he jumps out of the blocks sometimes.
Santucci: Last year’s defensive MVP. A game changer and cannot be replaced, regardless if Osi is happy and healthy.
Fennelly: JPP has become the X-factor for the defense. He is the one opponents fear. They lose him, that element is gone.
Orlando: JPP might not be the first dominant DE to wear a blue jersey but he has the potential to be the most dominant of all time. Analysts feel that he has yet to peak and given the ferocious nature of his play, that is great news for New York.
I strongly considered putting Tuck here. However, I expect 2012 to be a breakout season for Pierre-Paul and I think Tuck's ability to penetrate the backfield will correlate directly with how the offensive line handles the rush from JPP's end of the field.
Wagner: The letters JPP could have easily translated to some others, as in DPOY last year (he was in my mind). That, and the fact that the Giants’ defense revolves around their pass rush makes him indispensable.
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