One of the most explosive players in the 2012 NFL draft class, Nick Perry is one of the elite pass-rushers we saw last season.
Perry's "explosive number"—generated by his broad jump, his bench press reps and vertical jump—was an impressive 83.9. That was the highest of any player at this year's combine. Perry is an untapped athletic specimen who has an uncanny ability to rush the passer.
Learning to play the run and pass coverage from a stand-up position could be an adjustment for Perry, but he did often stand up as a rush end for the USC defense. In that role of an "elephant end," Perry dominated at times, but was inconsistent at times during games and needed to show he can continue to be a factor all 60 minutes.
Perry will bring quickness off the edge for the Packers, and a nose for the ball to the outside of the defense.
Analysis: The Packers have one explosive USC-schooled pass rusher in Clay Matthews. Now, they add a second in Perry. Aaron Rodgers will put points on the board for the Packers. They need to do a better job of slowing opposing offenses down. Perry is extremely fast, but on the lighter side. He should be able to get to the passer.
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