A powerful hitter with knock-you-out power when he comes downhill, Denzel Perryman loves to lay the wood. He looks like he walked out of the 1990s and should be playing alongside Levon Kirkland. Perryman is a stout, tough, instinctive linebacker against the run, and he'll take out his frustration on a blocker in traffic. For a smaller 'backer, Perryman will stack and shed very well and does a good job keeping himself clean to attack the ball. When he sees a lane, he dives in at full speed to make the tackle.
Playing at 250 pounds in 2014 was a bad idea for Perryman, and he wore down late in games while looking heavy-footed and sluggish in space. Limited agility makes Perryman a liability in coverage, and he doesn't have the speed to run with receivers or tight ends. He may develop into a good zone-coverage linebacker, but the skill isn't there right now. Limited movement skills could have been brought on by added weight, but he didn't move well at the combine or Senior Bowl at a lower weight.
Tackles for Loss: 9.5
40: 4.78 seconds
Bench Press: 27 Reps
PRO COMPARISON: Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville Jaguars
FINAL GRADE: 6.25/9.00 (Rookie Impact)