With the No. 28 pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry. Perry is rated as the seventh-best prospect at his position and the No. 43 player overall, according to Mocking The Draft's rankings.
Matthew Fairburn loves Perry's talents as a pure pass rusher, as well as his ability to play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. Whether Perry has the strength needed to play the run and become something more than a specialist, though, remains to be seen.
Run Defense: Nick Perry isn't quite as strong of a run defender as he is a pass rusher. He is a bit undersized in the 4-3, and his lack of strength shows in run defense. He occasionally gets upright while getting after the ball carrier, but I think his lack of strength is the root of his issues.
Strength: As mentioned above, Perry lacks some strength that scouts like to see in a 4-3 defensive end. He has a hard time fighting through blocks and seems to be reliant on his pass rushing techniques and quickness to get into the backfield.
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