Nick Perry, DE

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Detroit, MI
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 271 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2011 Season
Named USC's defensive lineman of the year. ... Finalist for the Hendricks Award, presented to the nation's top defensive end. ... Perry, a junior, led the Pac-10 in sacks (9.5) in 2011 while making the All-Pac-12 first team. That was the most sacks by a Trojan since 2007. He also topped USC in tackles for losses with 13 and led USC's defensive linemen in total tackles (54). He added 3 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.
2010 Season
Perry started 9 games at defensive end as a sophomore in 2010 and played often as the backup in the other contests. Overall in 2010 while appearing in 12 games (he missed the Hawaii opener with a sprained ankle), he had 25 tackles, including 7.5 for losses (with 4 sacks), plus 3 deflections, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery...He had 1 tackle each against Virginia and Minnesota, 2 tackles (with a sack) at Washington State, 3 tackles and a deflection against Washington. He then had 2 tackles (with a sack) and a forced fumble at Stanford, 2 tackles (with a sack) against California, 3 tackles against Oregon and 3 tackles (2 for a loss) against Arizona State. He added 2 tackles at Oregon State, then a sack, a deflection and forced a fumble that he recovered and returned 8 yards to set up a USC TD against Notre Dame and 5 tackles (1.5 for losses) and a deflection at UCLA.
2009 Season
Perry was an often-used backup defensive end as a redshirt freshman in 2009, playing often in passing situations. Overall while appearing in all 13 games (he started against Stanford), he had 24 tackles, including 9 for losses (with a team-best 8 sacks). He made the 2009 Football Writers Freshman All-American first team, Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, Phil Steele's Freshman All-American first team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-American first team, ESPN.com Pac-10 All-Freshman first team and Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team. Three of his 4 tackles were for losses (with 2 sacks) against San Jose State. He had 2 tackles at Ohio State, 2 of his 4 tackles were sacks at Washington, he had 2 sacks among his 4 tackles against Washington State and he had 3 tackles (with a sack) at Notre Dame. He added 3 tackles at Oregon and 2 against Stanford. He had 2 tackles, including a sack, against Boston College.
2008 Season
High School
His 2007 honors included USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American first team, Scout.com All-American second team, Super Prep All-Midwest, Prep Star All-Midwest, All-State, Detroit News All-Metro, Detroit News All-Detroit and Detroit News Dream Team MVP as a senior defensive lineman, linebacker and tight end at King High in Detroit (Mich.). He had 147 tackles and a state record 36 sacks in 2007, plus caught 14 passes for 310 yards (22.1 avg.) with 8 TDs, as King went 14-0 and won the state title. As a junior in 2006 at McKenzie High in Detroit, he made All-Metro and All-City while getting 75 tackles and 11 sacks. He also played basketball at King.
Latest News
04/29/2012 - General manager Ted Thompson's calling card in building a title contender the last few years has been stockpiling draft picks. Thompson broke from his April tradition this year and went on the offensive to bolster his dismal defense. Thompson traded up three times and used the Packers' first six of eight selections on defensive players. "We hope we helped all aspects of defense," Thompson said. Green Bay had the league's worst-ranked defense in 2011 but still managed to go 15-1. A porous pass rush that contributed to the Packers' premature end to the season early in the playoffs after they won the Super Bowl the previous year took precedence in the draft room. Thompson went for the "juice" of taking Southern Cal's Nick Perry in the first round to pair with Clay Matthews at outside linebacker. In turn, Thompson upgraded the defensive line and the Nick Collins-less secondary by moving up twice in the second round for Michigan State lineman Jerel Worthy and Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward. BEST PICK Linebacker Nick Perry: The Packers were desperate to take pressure off Matthews, who was held to a career-low six sacks last season. Perry will be counted on to start and deliver right away. - The Sports Xchange

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