That answer now belongs to former standout defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who had his named called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2010 NFL Draft’s first round at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The pick was a popular one, as Pierre-Paul was selected 15th overall by the hometown New York Giants.
I believe this was a very good pick by the Giants. While Pierre-Paul was not the best defensive end available (Derrick Morgan went one pick later to the Titans), he certainly was the most athletically gifted player left in the Draft. Playing in New York will also take some pressure off of JPP, believe it or not, because he has Pro Bowl incumbents Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck to learn from, and the Giants also have the talented Mathias Kiwanuka to play at the end position. This will allow Pierre-Paul to learn the pro game, and to get adjusted to playing against elite competition during his first year in the league.
Pierre-Paul replaces former COC running back J.J. Arrington, who was selected with the 44th overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2005 draft, as the highest player with COC ties ever drafted.
The first round has been filled with surprises and trade so far; making for yet another drama filled NFL Draft. Keep an eye on cougarnews.com for a complete breakdown of the 2010 NFL Draft in coming days.