The next draft prospect up is USC defensive end Nick Perry. Perry has been tagged as a 3-4 rush linebacker.
Position: Outside Linebacker/Defensive End
Height: 6' 3''
Weight: 250 Lbs.
Pros: Perry has good size at 250 pounds and is good in open space, which will serve him well as he transitions to linebacker. Perry has a quick first step and is a disciplined player. He has good upper-body strength and uses it to move the hands of opposing linemen away. He seems to have a good ability to get linemen in a position where he ends up held. Perry uses his speed to get underneath blockers and can manipulate them well.
Cons: Perry spent most of his college career playing with a hand in the dirt. He will have to pick up the position quickly if he is selected high. Perry is somewhat of a liability in coverage and needs to improve his cover skills. Some have commented that Perry seems to suffer the onset of fatigue more often than other players. With the right conditioning program, this can be fixed.
Perry has some question marks about transitioning to new position, but has the size and speed to become a great rush linebacker. Expect his name to be called in the first round. Hope San Diego has a shot at this kid.