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Nick Perry is going to play opposite of Clay Matthews at LOLB, which is the position that Matthews used to play. Matthews has moved over to ROLB for the upcoming season. The Packers and Dom Capers plan to move Matthews around a lot to create some mismatches, depending on where Matthews is lined up.
That's why it's key that Perry does his job and creates pass pressure from the left side, while also holding his own against the run.
In 2011 at USC, Perry had 54 tackles with 9.5 sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three passes batted down.
Perry had a fantastic workout at the NFL Scouting Combine, as he ran 40 yards in 4.58 seconds, had a vertical jump of 38½ inches, had a broad jump of 10-4 and he bench-pressed 225 pounds 35 times.
That outstanding athletic ability is expected to help get the defense of the Packers back into the top five statistically in the NFL, like it was in 2009 and 2010 under Capers.
I see Perry having a pretty good year opposite Matthews. They both will get some help from a much improved and noticeably deeper defensive line, with the additions of rookies Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels, as well as veterans like Anthony Hargrove and Phillip Merling.
Here is how I think Perry will do this year...
Tackles - 60
Sacks - 8.0
Interceptions - 1.0
Forced Fumbles - 2.0
Fumble Recoveries - 1.0