My Thoughts on All Things NFL Draft

Nick Perry Scouting Report

Nick Perry, DE, USC
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 271


  • Solid height and overall size
  • Solid array of pass rushing moves
  • Great hand use, able to disengage from blockers
  • Great natural strength
  • Able to dip his shoulder and get the corner
  • Good natural athleticism
  • Plays with good leverage


  • Stiff athlete
  • Not very good in space, mediocre change of direction skills
  • Needs to develop a counter move
  • Raw technique
  • Gets upfield/out of position often, breaking contain

NFL Comparison: Trent Cole

Nick Perry was a two year starter that led USC in sacks every year he was there, including as a freshman where he was a third-down specialist. Perry is a good pass rusher that has a variety of pass rushing moves to keep the OT off balance. Perry has a great first step and explosion that allows him to get off fast. He can beat the tackle with speed, power, or both. He’s very strong at the point of attack and plays with good leverage but he’s still stuck in the third down pass-rusher mentality as he goes hard after the QB on every play, limiting his effectiveness against the run. He is still a bit raw with his technique as well. Perry doesn’t show well in space and I’m not sold on his ability to play outside linebacker in the 3-4. His combine showed more of the same, with his poor short shuttle and 3-Cone drills. At the end of the day, I think his best fit is at defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Some teams that makes sense would be Cleveland, Jacksonville, and Detroit.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks FF
2011 12 54 13 8.5 3
2010 12 25 7.5 4 2
2009 13 25 10 9 0


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