The Packers drafted Nick Perry with the idea that Perry would be the Week 1 starter at one of the outside linebacker positions. Perry was drafted to have an immediate impact on a spot of need. As Week 1 draws near, Perry is preparing to start opposite Clay Matthews.
Perry got plenty of reps throughout the preseason as the Packers' coaching staff tried to ease his transition from defensive linemen to linebacker. Despite not making a ton of noise, Perry was very solid during his time on the field.
Perry's strength has been his bull-rush move. It has helped him drive back smaller offensive linemen and get to the quarterback. Against bigger and stronger linemen, Perry's bull-rush is negated and he struggles with other moves.
The transition period for Perry will continue in to the regular season. In addition to adding to his pass rushing repertoire, Perry also needs to improve his coverage skills in order to not be a liability if used in coverage.
Perry has the potential to be a big impact type of player for the Packers. Great coaching and veteran leadership will put him in prime position to take advantage of that potential. Don't expect Perry to be a star from the start. It will take some time for Perry to grow into the player the Packers want him to become.