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Denzel Perryman, ILB

School: Miami (Fla.)  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Coral Gables, FL
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 244 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Despite lacking desirable height, Perryman has the look of a prototypical inside 'backer with a stout, thick frame. He is an instinctive and tough in-the-box defender who showed improved closing speed and explosiveness as a hitter in 2014.

He's difficult to latch onto at the second level due to strong, active hands, agile feet and good use of leverage when taking on bigger blockers, and he exhibits good burst and solid angles to either sideline when asked to pursue plays on the edges. Good lower-body flexibility to sprawl or dead-leg would-be blockers, slipping by them.

He's fast to pick up on routes when dropping into coverage, and possesses quick enough hips to hitch himself to a crossing route and maintain stride-for-stride coverage on slot receivers and tight ends. Played in 47 games at Miami, with the only injury that caused him to miss time being a high-ankle sprain in 2012. Voted team captain.

WEAKNESSES: Short, squatty frame that leave him overmatched at the line of scrimmage and best suited to remaining inside at the next level. Highly aggressive. Will occasionally takes false steps towards the line of scrimmage and leave himself trailing and vulnerable in play-action.

COMPARES TO: London Fletcher, retired: Perryman has a long way to go to warrant comparison to Fletcher, a four-time Pro Bowler who never missed a game to injury in 16 seasons in the NFL. Like the 5-10, 242-pound Fletcher, Perryman is a compact, instinctive defender whose open-field tackling and awareness could result in a long and distinguished pro career.

--Derek Stephens, Rob Rang

Player Overview

Perryman finished of his decorated Miami career by being named first-team All-ACC by the coaches and a third-team All-American by the Associated Press following a senior season in which he recorded a career-high 110 tackles.

Perryman's impact has been felt seemingly since day one in Coral Gables, as he saw action in 12 games and was the team's second-leading tackler as a true freshman in 2011, then earned All-ACC Honorable Mention accolades as a sophomore after playing in nine games with six starts at middle linebacker.

Demonstrating his versatility, Perryman moved outside as a junior (108 tackles, five for loss, 1.5 sacks) and earned First Team All-ACC honors before switching back inside as a senior to record career-highs in tackles (110), tackles for loss (9.5), forced fumbles (three) and sacks (two), again earning all-conference recognition.

While Perryman's skill set and physical makeup suggest he'd be best suited to play inside at the next level, he's not just an in-the-box defender. Perryman possesses the athleticism and awareness to remain on the field on passing downs.

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Player News
01/22/2015 - 2015 Senior Bowl, Wednesday: Hurricane watch during South practice...Unfortunately Perryman had to pull out of the Senior Bowl after a strained abdomen muscle on Wednesday. But his performance on Tuesday was enough to create a little buzz in the bleachers among scouts. Miami finished with a 6-7 record in 2014, but after Anthony Chickillo, Jon Feliciano and Shane McDermott played well at the East-West Shrine Game last week and these four Hurricanes in Mobile, its clear there was more talent in Coral Gables than the record gives them credit. And that doesn't include Miami's top two prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft class - underclassmen running back Duke Johnson and offensive tackle Ereck Flowers. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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