2012 NFL Draft: Defensive End Nick Perry

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 27: Defensive end Nick Perry #6 of the USC Trojans forces a fumble by quarterback Tommy Rees #13 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to set up USC's touchdown at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 27 2010 in Los Angeles California. Notre Dame won 20-16. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The NFL Draft is just a few days away, and the Miami Dolphins head into the annual selection meeting with a lot of holes to fill. One of the biggest priorities has to be a pass rusher to pair with Cameron Wake. In a passing league, if you cannot put pressure on the quarterback, you are going to lose. Miami has to find a way to up that pressure.

Which brings up USC defensive end Nick Perry. Could the Dolphins be looking to draft the PAC-12 sacks leader from 2011? Projected to be a late first or second round pick, Miami could look to trade back into the first round, or hope he is sitting there with the 42nd pick (tenth of the second rounds).

With that in mind, what does ParagonSC of SB Nation's USC blog, Conquest Chronicles, think of Perry's potential in the NFL?

Nick Perry, DE/LB, USC


Quick off the line...blows past blockers before they can get their hands up...good instinct at using leverage and staying balanced...has good change of direction skills...moves well to the outside to out maneuver agile pass blockers...excellent run defender...because of his speed and moves can make plays on the ball carrier from yards away...comparisons made to Freeny.


While Eerry has decent push his upper body strength needs work...needs to show more hustle, sometimes takes plays off...at time shows fatigue in the 4th qtr. so conditioning will be important...has some issues when handling double teams...dissects the play well but sometimes over runs the play...at times Perry will bite on play action...mobile QB's could be an issue.

You can also check out a highlight film of Perry over at the Conquest Chronicles site.


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