1) Introduction: It’s time to start considering Nick Perry a bust when it comes to first round draft picks. Taken in 2012, he was hoped to be the answer across from Clay Matthews. Unfortunately, that has yet to pan out, and injuries continue to hamper his growth.
2) Profile: Nick Perry
- Age: 24
- Born: 04/12/1990 in Detroit, MI
- Height: 6’3″
- Weight: 265
- College: USC
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 3 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: With Julius Peppers coming onto the defense as an OLB, Nick Perry seemed to take an automatic demotion. Still, he was expected to be a solid fill in who could spell Peppers when necessary or add some strength to the front seven.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Nick Perry actually made some strides out of his limited snaps this season. Unfortunately, a low snap count means those opportunities and flashes came few and far between. He notched five sacks on the season and did generate a decent number of stops, though he once again was limited for a span with a shoulder injury.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: At this point, Perry is “just a guy.” He’s not living up to his first round potential at all, and he only played in a third of the defense’s snaps all season.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: He made two of his five sacks on the year against Tony Romo, but otherwise he was mostly invisible.
7) Intangibles: Nick Perry is good against the run, but barely passable as a pass rusher. He’s being outplayed at this point by Mike Neal on the outside.
Season Report Card (Player Grades):
(C) Level of expectations met during the season
(C-) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C+) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: C——————Follow @ChadToporski