Nick Perry to Green Bay Packers: Pick Analysis, Grade and Scouting Report

Soven BerySenior Analyst IApril 26, 2012

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 19: Defensive end Nick Perry #8 and linebacker Lamar Dawson #55 of the USC Trojans close in on quarterback Darron Thomas #5 of the Oregon Ducksin the third quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. USC won the game 38-35. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers selected defensive end/outside linebacker Nick Perry from USC with the 28th pick in the 2012 NFL draft on Thursday night. 

I absolutely love Nick Perry and this pick for the Packers. He was great in college and will make an instant impact in the pros. Perry is underrated, and Green Bay was smart for picking him up. Now, they must morph this college kid into a big-time pass-rusher in the NFL. 

With the skills that Perry has, it won’t be too hard. 

He is a great pass-rusher and uses skills and power to attack quarterbacks. With his huge arsenal of skills, quarterbacks Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler and Christian Ponder need to watch out. 

Nick Perry has perfected his rip, swim and spin moves to the point that they are very effective but also predictable. So it comes as no surprise that he also has the ability to work inside with a solid bull rush and use great power to make his presence known. 

The Trojan can work both inside linemen and give a burst of speed to get to the outside. He uses his hands extremely well but also can use blockers hands to his advantage in order to set up important moves and get to the backfield. 

Perry has not filled his frame yet and can put on the muscle needed to max it out and get bigger and, in turn, better. It is always a great thing to hear that a prospect never quits on a play, but Perry is amazing in pursuit and uses his great motor to keep a play running. 

In 2011 the USC prospect had 54 tackles, 13 for a loss, and 8.5 sacks. The Green Bay Packers needed a pass-rusher, and Perry more than fills that hole. 

Grade: B+