With their first-round pick (28th overall) in the 2012 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Nick Perry a defensive end/outside linebacker out of the University of Southern California.
Ted Thompson didn’t trade up, or out, of the first round and ends up with someone they can put opposite of Clay Matthews.
University of Southern California Trojans
Martin Luther King High School
Perry started 22-of-37 games at Southern California – 21 at strong-side defensive end and one on the weak-side…Recorded 103 tackles (62 solos) with 21.5 quarterback sacks for minus 137 yards, 29.5 stops for losses totaling 166 yards and 51 pressures…Caused five fumbles and recovered two others, advancing one eight yards…Also deflected six passes…His 21.5 sacks tied Brandon Jenkins of Florida State and Melvin Ingram of South Carolina for 11th among active players in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks…He led the team in sacks as a freshman (eight in 2009) and again as a junior (9.5 in 2011), as he became just the eighth Trojan to lead the team in sacks more than once in a career since Southern California officially began recording those statistics in 1983. He joins such elite performers like Jack Del Rio 13.0 in 1983 and seven in 1984); Marcus Cotton (ten in both the 1985-86 seasons and twelve more in 1987); Craig Hartsuyker (eight in 1988 and nine in 1990); Willie McGinest (sixteen in 1992 and six in 1993); Sultan Abdul-Malik (seven in 1997 and eight in 1998); Ennis Davis (five in 1999 and six in 2000) and Lawrence Jack-son (ten in 2005 and 10.5 in 2007)…Since the Pac-12 Conference (formerly the Pac-10) began to officially recognize sacks in 1984, Perry is the only Trojan to outright lead the conference in sacks, accomplishing that feat in 2011…McGinest shared that title with Ron George of Stanford in 1992 and D.D. Acholonu of Washington State joined the Trojans’ Kenechi Udeze in sharing that title in 2003.
4.58 in the 40-yard dash…1.57 10-yard dash…2.59 20-yard dash…4.66 20-yard shuttle…7.25 three-cone drill…38 ½-inch vertical jump…10’4” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 35 times…33-inch arm length…9 ½-inch hands…77 7/8-inch wingspan.
He has that outstanding burst, take-off speed, long arms and superb balance to make it virtually impossible for slow-footed offensive tackles to prevent him from wreaking havoc in the backfield. … Viewed by some as a DE instead of an OLB, but many scouts think he’ll transition well to OLB because of his ability to drop into coverage. … And, of course, his speed as a pass rusher make him a natural candidate as a 3-4 OLB. … Totaled 21.5 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss in college. … Also 51 QB pressures. … Here’s USC coach Lane Kiffin on Perry: “He was an awesome pass rusher for us and he created havoc throughout the Pac-12 this year in a league that featured many of the nation’s most dangerous passing offenses. He will be a valued addition to any NFL team and should be an attractive choice in the upcoming draft.”
I like the pick. I understand concerns that Perry may be better suited as a 4-3 DE instead of a 3-4 OLB, but a good pass rusher is a good pass rusher. I’m confident that Dom Capers and Kevin Greene can help him adjust. … Slower offensive tackles are going to have a hard time keeping up with Perry’s speed. … Check out Perry’s footwork in the below video. It’s really good. … Relentless effort. Like his new teammate Clay Matthews, Perry’s effort is all-out on every play. … He’s going to have to work on some inside moves. Won’t be able to just run around every tackle like he did in college. … Looks disciplined containing the edge. … The Packers finally have some hope opposite of Matthews.
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