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Packers Select USC Defensive End Nick Perry In First Round

Nick Perry

Well, the Green Bay Packers got their pass rusher. He’s not the guy we thought they’d get though.

The Packers chose USC defensive end Nick Perry (6-3, 250).

Perry entered the draft after his junior season. He was named first-team All Pac-12 and recorded 9.5 sacks in 2011. He had only four sacks as a sophomore, but recorded nine as a redshirt freshman.

In his final USC season, Perry also recorded 55 tackles and two forced fumbles.

He’ll move to outside linebacker with the Packers as the team attempts to complement Clay Matthews and generate a pass rush. Perry has plenty of natural ability, but will need some coaching to reach his full potential.

Yeah, by most accounts, the Packers got a “potential” guy.

Still, he put up some impressive numbers. He ran the 40 in 4.64 seconds at the combine and graded out at 87.5.

NFL.com characterized his strengths as:

  • strong base and balance
  • good leverage and athleticism
  • good burst, solid tackler
  • can beat tackles with power or quickness
  • solid spin move
  • reliable against the run

And the weaknesses:

  • gets tied up in double teams
  • trouble working in tight spaces
  • hasn’t been asked to cover
  • could be neutralized by stronger tackles

Here are some highlights of Perry.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Nick April 26, 2012

    Weighs 271, not 250.

    1. jeremy April 27, 2012

      He played closer to 250. He went up to 270 for the combine.

  2. peter April 26, 2012

    Love the pick Clay had plenty of questions coming out and you see where that went.

  3. Ivomitonvikingfans April 26, 2012

    He is big. He is fast. Clearly he is going to be a perennial All-Pro. All he needs to learn is the burning hatred for all things Illinois and Minnesota.

  4. Jack April 27, 2012

    …when in a hurry; be safe – pick a Trojan : P

    …now Cutler can be penetrated from front and behind….just the way he likes it!

  5. Vijay April 27, 2012

    I am not a fan of this pick. I am very upset with the organization and there inability to ‘buy’ into a better spot in the first round if this is the direction they had wished to go. Some great talent fell to the mid part of the draft when teams like Seattle reached on players like Bruce Irvin. To me, it feels like they (Packers) just settled for whatever and said ‘yeah, we kinda targeted this guy’…that does not spell championship attitude. Is he a good player? Time will tell. The Bears and Chargers wisely got better value with Ingram and McClellin—McCllelin to the Bears was a HUGE surprise to me, maybe they are getting together some different body types to change to a 3-4 when Urlacher retires.

    Melvin Ingram and Shea were clearly better choices here but hey, I could be wrong…we’ll see. Best of luck proving me wrong new Nick.

    1. Peter April 27, 2012

      I think they didn’t buy into the first round is because the draft is a deep 2nd and 3rd round draft. If you read all the different scouts there is no consensus on any of the pass rushers thus why play risky when you don’t have to. I foresee Ted making a few moves today to get a couple 2nd rd picks and fill some holes.

      1. jeremy April 27, 2012

        The top of the third could look really nice in this draft and be a lot more affordable than the bottom of the second

  6. PackerBob April 27, 2012

    Seems to me like he has pass rushing ability. And that’s what we needed. Time will tell.

  7. MC April 27, 2012

    Nick actually ran a 4.58 40 time in off season workouts. Coach Greene will work with his as he did with CMIII. Very good pick.

  8. Ivomitonvikingfans April 27, 2012

    I realize these are “high”lights. But at least the guy wraps up when he tackles and doesn’t turn himself into an unguided shoulder missle like rest of defense does(Hawk). Was hoping for Upshaw, but won’t complain about this. Hopefully a couple of gems in 2nd and 3rd.

  9. wisconsinfan April 27, 2012

    Im glad we didnt get Mcllelan that dudes had 3 concussions in the last 3 years in college and hes gonna get even more when the shitty bears play GB

  10. Richard April 27, 2012

    Why is Shea McClellin better than Nick Perry? Because he beat up on 2nd rate teams like LA Tech and Hawaii? I’m glad they skipped another high round Boise experiment after the Colledge experience.

  11. PackerBacker April 27, 2012

    I like this pick. Packers got a player off that other Pro team in California! He’s ready to go…just needs some coaching. ;-)

  12. Vijay April 29, 2012

    LOL here’s a funny Twitter article about J-Mike not knowing this dude!