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2012 Draft - Round 1, Pick 28, Overall 28 - Nick Perry, DE, USC

Discussion in '2012 Draft Archive' started by robdog, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. robdog

    robdog Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Thread will be unlocked once the pick is made.
     
  2. okcpackerfan

    okcpackerfan Cheesehead

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    I didn't see a thread on this mods

    Welcome to the Packers Nick Perry, I hope you are as good as our other OLB from USC.
     
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  3. PackFanNChiTown

    PackFanNChiTown Bear Fan's Bane

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    Amen to that. Was kinda hoping for Upshaw but happy with Perry (for now).
     
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  4. Pat4DaPack

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    Led the Pac 12 in sacks, really like this pick up.
     
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  5. okcpackerfan

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    I am fine with the Nick Perry pick but I really wanted TT to trade up to get Mercilus. We don't have a ton of needs and need to get the best players we can with as many picks as we have to trade. Jason Wilde posted quotes from Nick Perry (from the combine) on his twitter and they were basically saying he wanted to stay with his hand in the dirt and the further he moves from what he did in college it will make him uneasy. Not ideally what you want to hear but i am sure the packers did their research.
     
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  6. FrankRizzo

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    Where the Hell is everyone? Pick was made a half-hour ago at least.

    This from PackerReport:

    NICK PERRY

    The Green Bay Packers used their first-round pick on USC's Nick Perry.
    Here is part of his profile from NFL Draft Report's Dave-Te' Thomas.
    While Perry is being considered a potential candidate to play outside linebacker in the National Football League, most talent evaluators have favorably compared this physical specimen to for Chicago Bears standout, Richard Dent.

    After he posted a 4.58-second clocking in the 40-yard dash at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, teams recognized that he might have the most explosive speed for any down lineman that entered the 2012 draft.

    Southern California has always been known for developing raw athletes into polished defensive players for the NFL. Perry is expected to rival the Packers’ Clay Matthews as the Trojans’ next future professional star. 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.
    Why some scouts have also eyed him as a linebacker prospect is his ability to drop back in pass coverage, as he plays with the proper pad level, along with textbook-like knee bend, along with exceptional balance to not only string plays wide, but to make impact hits that can stun a running back and jar the ball loose. He’s caused five fumbles in his last two seasons and 32 of his 51 quarterback pressures have come on third-down plays.
    His ability to disrupt the pocket or track down ball carriers in the backfield allowed him to deliver 21.5 quarterback sacks and 29.5 tackles-for-loss, in addition to his 51 hurries. What teams immediately notice when reviewing game film is Perry’s fluid moves when changing direction, as he is very good at slipping past blockers when shooting the inside gaps. He works hard in his quest to collapse the pocket and more than makes up for a lack of ideal size with his all-out hustle.

    In pass defense, Perry has been very effective at using his leaping ability and reach to knock down a fair share of passes at the line of scrimmage. With his powerful upper body and long arms, he also does a nice job of keeping bigger offensive lineman from latching on to his jersey. As for his long pursuit skills, he is alert to cut blocks, using his hands well to keep opponents off his feet and has a keen concept for taking proper angles to seal off the outside running game and force the ball carriers back inside.

    Southern California’s recruiters have a long history for spotting talent early in their prep careers to establish than long-lasting relationship that has seen the university reap great rewards for signing talent well out of their normal recruiting territory. That is the main reason they were able to “steal” Perry from under the Big Ten Conference schools that coveted the blue chip Detroit, Michigan product.

    Playing for the Motor City’s King High School, the two-sport athlete competed as a tight end, linebacker and defensive end during his senior season. After he took the city by storm, recording 147 tackles and a state record 36 sacks in 2007, he earned All-American honors from USA Today All-USA, Parade, Super Prep, Prep Star, EA Sports and Scout.com. On the other side of the ball, he hauled in fourteen passes for 310 yards (22.1 ypc) with eight touchdowns, as King High went 14-0 and won the state title.

    The senior was also named Super Prep All-Midwest, Prep Star All-Midwest, All-State, Detroit News All-Metro, Detroit News All-Detroit and Detroit News Dream Team MVP. Prior to suiting up for King High, where he also played basketball, Perry attended McKenzie High School in 2006. He earned All-Metro and All-City that season after he registered 75 tackles and eleven sacks.
    Perry arrived on the Southern California campus as a 240-pounder in 2008. The coaches decided to red-shirt their prized recruit and he made use of their outstanding training room to add ten pounds of solid muscle to his frame. He played most of the 2009 campaign behind Wes Horton at weak-side defensive end, but did earn his first career start in the Stanford clash. On a talent-laden team that would see seven Trojans drafted after the season, including three juniors, Perry still led the team with eight sacks, as he posted nine stops-for loss and 24 tackles (16 solos).
    An ankle sprain in 2010 fall camp forced Perry to miss the season opener vs. Hawaii and play in a limited role for three other contests before he earned nine starting assignments, shifting to the right side to play strong-side defensive end. He delivered twelve third-down hits among his eighteen quarterback pressures and posted four sacks to go with 7.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Even though he made only 25 tackles (15 solos), big plays were his specialty, causing two fumbles while recovering another that he advanced eight yards to set up a touchdown drive.

    Perry remained at strong-side defensive end for the 2011 campaign, as the All-American and All-Pac 12 Conference selection was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s top defensive end. The team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year started all twelve games, ranking fifth on the team with 54 tackles. He led the league and ranked tenth nationally with 9.5 sacks and was fourth in the conference with a team-best thirteen stops behind the line of scrimmage, as he also caused three fumbles and recovered another.
     
  7. PackFanNChiTown

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    I think the man is simply way too light to play DE in a 3-4, losing a little weight will allow him to be a pretty damn good OLB IMHO.
     
  8. robdog

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    We just unlocked this thread, I was about 15-20 minutes late! :(
     
  9. Bensalama21

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    The guy is a monster... I'm honestly surprised he was not picked before it was our turn.

    Watch out! Looks like there's a new big 3! Matthews, Raji, and Perry!
     
  10. GreenBayGal

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    I'll bet he's happy as hell to be part of the BEST team in the NFL.
     
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  11. okcpackerfan

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    Some quotes from TT from his post first round draft comments (from packers.com) on Nick Perry

    "Tremendous physical specimen."
    "We are convinced he is athletic enough to play standing up."
    "It's not like he hasn't stood up and played before"
    "he was 275 pounds when he ran the 4.53"
    "it wasn't a need pick so much but it was a guy we targeted and felt he could come in and contribute"
    "I talked to him tonight and he is pretty fired up about it (when talking about him standing up)"
    "we were talking about going up and we were talking about going back, nothing came to fruition"
     
  12. 13 Times Champs

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    No cartwheels from me on this pick. :(
     
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  13. okcpackerfan

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    TT seems general relaxed and happy about this pick from his interview
     
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  14. weebles

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    Love the pick, was hoping we'd get him or Upshaw going into the draft. Really wasn't sold on Mercilus either, but really hope we trade up in the 2nd and get Reyes. Matthews, Raji, Reyes, Perry would be a hell of a front 4 on 3rd downs.
     
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  15. The Drew

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    Very happy with Nick Perry... Coming off the edge he is going get to the QB... Plus he is a USC Trojan! Fight On! GPG.
     
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    Matt Miller@nfldraftscout
    LOVE the Nick Perry selection by Green Bay. Congrats, #Packers, on getting my No. 8 ranked player.

    Michael Lombardi@michaelombardi
    I love the Nick Perry pick, reminds me of Lamar Woodley
    Retweeted by PackersInsider.com
     
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  18. MiamiBeachPacker

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    Everyone was talking in the shout box. Where were you Frank? :eek:
     
  19. PackersDraft

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    Fantastic pick. Always have trust in Ted Thompson.
     
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  20. TeamTundra

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    I like the pick and think he will make an immediate impact. Hoping that we trade up in the
    2nd to draft a solid DL.
     
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    Upshaw is still available..maybe we can get both? :)
     
  22. MiamiBeachPacker

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    Listened to TT and Capers press conference after the 1st round and I'm feeling better now. Hoping we get Derek Wolfe in the 2nd to help out our DL
     
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    Surprised that Bruce Irvin and Shea McClellin went so early and especially to
    4-3 teams (Seahawks and Bears).
     
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  24. packerstl101

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    I like this pick
     
  25. jaybadger82

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    Solid pick... Might have been nice to see us jump up and grab a more exciting prospect but I think draft day deals are much harder to actually orchestrate than we like to imagine from the sidelines here (unless you're the NE Patriots and teams are lining up to bend over for your benefit). This was an especially fast first round, which adds to the difficulty in arranging something on the fly. And moving up 4-8 spots was not worth a third rounder the way the talent looks in this year's draft.

    Mercilus was a popular name around here but I'm not crushed about missing on him. I watch plenty of college football: IL wasn't a good team last year and one third of Mercilus' sacks came against ASU and Indiana (if you don't watch college football, you'll have to take my word that this greatly discredits those sacks). Prior to last year Mercilus hadn't shown anything and I don't trust Ron Zook to develop defensive players. Needless to say I am skeptical about him and he was a strange pick for the Texans as he looks more like a 3-4 than a 4-3 player.

    From one mock: "Mercilus is a one-trick pony with a knack for reaching the quarterback. He isn't a great tackler and struggled at times to react to the run, positioning himself to be another pass-rusher opposite Clay Matthews. That could be effective, unless opponents test his mettle against the pass or run weak side, in which case I'm concerned as to whether he can adapt. All considered, this pick is a reach [at 28] unless the other suggested picks in these mocks have already been taken."

    I don't mean to just sit here and bash Mercilus and I'm sure Perry has his share of critics. I'm just trying to say that maybe Mercilus wasn't a magic fix for all of our problems on defense and I don't think he was worth giving up our third-rounder for... Hell, I wouldn't have been too excited about giving up fourth rounders for him... TT is a genius because he finds talent in middle and late rounds, not early.
     

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