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Nick Perry scouting report

Nick Perry DE USC #8
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 250

Adequate size and strength. Explosive off the snap. Has a powerful rip move that, when coupled with his speed off the edge, makes him a dangerous pass rusher. Decent athleticism for his size; able to change direction relatively quickly. Strong lower body, able to generate a decent bull rush. Does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and making adjustments. Has played with his hand off the ground on occasion, and dropped back into zone coverage at times. Had some of his best games vs top opponents, most notably against Stanford (vs Jonathan Martin).
Somewhat overaggressive at times; goes full speed ahead into the backfield on most plays, putting him at risk of getting beat when opponents run the ball to his side. Struggles to shed blocks once he’s engaged; needs to win off the snap to be effective. Suffered a knee injury in 2010 preseason. Missed time in 2010 with ankle injury and was hampered by the injury all season. Missed time in 2009 with bruised knee.
Perry is the premier pass rusher in this year’s draft class, and has the skill set to be an effective three-down lineman. His only major flaw is the fact that he gets a little pass-rush happy at times, and he lacks the elite athleticism necessary to make up for those types of mistakes. As he improves his discipline on the field he should become a more well-rounded lineman, but you can expect to see him make an impact as a pass rusher immediately.
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