More on Nick Perry
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor
~Ted Thompson has given defensive coordinator Dom Capers a talented toy to play with at OLB opposite Clay Matthews, and OLB coach Kevin Greene is licking his chops.
Thompson: Perry was impressive at the Combine
Nobody knows if Perry will turn out more like Brian Orakpo, LaMarr Woodley, Shawne Merriman, Anthony Spencer, or Vernon Gholston. But here are some physical comparions from each’s combine.
6-2 3/4, 271
6-1 1/2, 266
Here are some more comments from verious Draft Internet guys:
|04/27/12 – 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 28. Green Bay Packers: OLB Nick Perry, Southern Cal — Perry is one of the best all-around athletes in the draft. If he hones those skills and polishes his pass-rush technique, he could become the sackmaster the Packers need opposite Clay Matthews. – Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
|04/26/12 – ROB RANG’S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 28. Nick Perry, DE, Southern Cal*: As had been anticipated, Perry enjoyed one of the Combine’s most impressive all-around performances showing speed (4.64), strength (35 reps) and explosiveness (38.5″). He led the Pac-12 with 9.5 sacks in 2011 and may just be scratching the surface of his potential. – Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
|03/16/12 – NFL Draft Scout Top Edge Players, OLB/DE: *Nick Perry, DE/OLB, Southern California, 6-3, 271, 1-2…Perry opted for the draft after being named USC’s Defensive Lineman of the Year following a 2011 season in which he led the Pac-12 in sacks with 9.5. Considered a ‘tweener who could be an outside linebacker or defensive end, Perry wants to play the latter. So he added more than 10 pounds of lean muscle since the season ended to convince scouts. Still, many believe he projects as a stand-up linebacker in a 3-4 defense, despite not showing instincts to play in the open. His natural athleticism was on display at the combine, where he had an unofficial 10-yard time of 1.57 seconds and showed tremendous explosion with a 38.5-inch vertical jump, a mark worthy of a good wide receiver. Scouts would also like to see more hustle on plays away and/or better conditioning, as he seems to fatigue in the fourth quarter. Perry was a prized recruit after he led Detroit’s King High School to a 14-0 season and a 2007 state championship with 147 tackles and 36 sacks, a Michigan prep record. – Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com
|03/08/12 – USC Pro Day: Perry, who weighed 270 pounds, said he “could have done better” on some of his position drills but was pleased overall, especially combined with his combine results. He is projected to be a first-round pick. “I get asked a lot by NFL teams about certain schemes because everyone wants to know if I can also play in a 3-4 (defense),” Perry said. “It’s good to be in the conversation (for the first round).” – NFLDraftScout.com
|02/25/12 – Michigan native Perry wasn’t an unknown out of high school. He was a blue-chip, five-star recruit who spurned the Wolverines when Lloyd Carr was fired and joined Pete Carroll at Southern Cal. Perry was a freshman All-American in 2009 after leading the team in sacks (8.0) as a backup. And became a starter as a sophomore and had his best season in 2011 as a junior, leading the Pac-12 with 9.5 sacks before leaving school early. Despite standing at just 6-2, Perry offers an impressive blend of speed and strength at 271 pounds, adding over 20 pounds of muscle in the last six months. He lined up at defensive end his entire career, but teams that employ the 3-4 formation have also taken a liking to the former Trojan. Perry has the versatile skill-set to stand up as a rush linebacker, but he enjoys his more natural position on the line. “I can handle both, but I prefer 4-3,” said Perry when asked about playing in either formation. “I’d like to keep my hand in the dirt, but as long as I’m rushing and getting to the quarterback, I’m fine with whatever it is.” There are differing views on Perry’s best position fit at the next level, but most agree he’s capable of filling either role depending on the scheme. Some prospects encourage the switch to standing up in space to get more freedom. But other pass rushers hope to keep their hand on the ground where they feel most comfortable. “I’ve been playing defensive end for a long time now and I have experience at that,” Perry said. “So I think being put further away from what you’re used to doing makes it a little uneasy.” – Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
|02/23/12 – NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 28. *Nick Perry, DE, Southern Cal, 6-3, 250, 1-2…Although it is unclear exactly what position he will play at the next level, Perry opted for the draft after being named USC’s Defensive Lineman of the Year following a 2011 season in which he led the Pac-12 in sacks with 9.5. That was the most sacks by a USC defender since 2007. Most scouts believe he projects as a stand-up linebacker in a 3-4 defense, despite not showing instincts to play in the open.