Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive lineman Nick Perry does the shuttle run during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Update: GM Ted Thompson says Perry was a guy the Packers had targeted and feel he is a player who can come in an contribute right away. The Packers plan to use Perry as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. Thompson said "we're convinced he's athletic enough to play standing up and do some of the things that we do."
The Packers selected Nick Perry, a defensive end out of Southern Cal, with the 28th overall pick in Thurday's NFL Draft.
Perry is a guy who slid on a lot of team's draft boards from the early first-round to the Packers at 28.
In three seasons, Perry started 22 of 37 games at Southern California – 21 at strong-side defensive end and one on the weak-side.
He recorded 103 tackles (62 solo) with 21.5 sacks (137 yards) and 29.5 tackles for loss (166 yards)…Caused five fumbles and recovered two others, advancing one eight yards…Also deflected six passes.
In short he's a strong guy with incredible speed, having ran a 4.58 40 yard dash at the combine.
Here is what a CBS Sports Scout had to say about Perry "Pass rush: Has very good first step quickness and does a nice job in space. Has the footwork, body control and fluidity to quickly change directions. Does a nice job elevating and getting his hands up to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. Works hard to collapse the pocket with a relentless motor. Brings aggressive playing style on every snap and doesn't quit. Lacks elite size and length -- undersized and can be swallowed by larger blockers. Run defense: Read/reacts quickly with good awareness and recognition skills to chase down the play from different angles. Understands leverage and does a nice job staying balanced, getting lower than blockers and underneath their pads, usually attracting holding penalties. Explosion: A quick, flexible ..."
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