Last week I bemoaned the fact that CBSSports.com NFL columnist Pete Prisco left both Chad Greenway and Percy Harvin off his Top 100 NFL Players list. This week, though, I want to point out another NFL analyst’s opinion regarding a Vikings player and agree with it.
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks took an insightful and interesting look at two of the NFL’s elite pass rushers – Vikings DE Jared Allen and NY Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul. In his column, he asks and analyzes which of the two is a better pass rusher right now. It’s an interesting topic because both players are truly elite , and there’s an argument to be made for both.
Brooks, a former NFL player and scout who now works for the NFL-owned network and website, breaks this debate down into five categories and lists which player has the advantage in that category. He gives the edge to Pierre-Paul in athleticism, but describes Allen as “the veteran technician with the relentless motor” and gives him the edge in explosiveness, rush moves, disruption and motor.
In conclusion, Brooks gives the nod to Allen, saying: “While Pierre-Paul is only a year or so away from becoming an absolute monster on the edge, Allen is a consistent force capable of producing game-changing turnovers whenever he steps onto the field. With more than 100 sacks over eight seasons, I’m willing to take production over potential in this debate.”
Once again, you can’t go wrong having either player on your team. Allen and Pierre-Paul are in different stages of their careers, with Allen in the prime of a Hall of Fame career and Pierre-Paul two years into what appears to be an incredibly productive career. But both bring the same valuable trait to their teams – elite edge-rushing and game-changing ability from a premier position in the NFL.
I know we have a natural bias on this website, but let us know what you think about this debate by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below this entry.
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