Official NFL Scouting Report For ... Perry

Nick Perry (Jerry Lai/USP)

Courtesy of NFL Draft Report, we have the official scouting report on Nick Perry that goes to all the teams to help in their draft preparation. This is the real deal, with analysis of everything from athletic ability and competitiveness to run-stopping and pass-rushing ability.

NFL Draft Report's scouting report on Nick Perry

Player School Jersey Year Entered Position
Nick Perry USC 8 2008 Defensive end
Height Weight Time (40) Time (20) Time (10)
6:02.6 271 4.55 2.59 1.51
Squat 20-yd Shuttle Three-cone Drill Vertical Jump Broad Jump
560 4.66 7.25 38 1/2" 10' 4"
Bench Press Arms Hands Wing Span Position Pro Rank
465 (225x35) 33" 9 1/2" 77 7/8" Rush end
2011 Best Games Utah, Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon
2011 Worst Games Syracuse, Stanford, UCLA
2010 Best Games Washington, Stanford, Arizona State, Notre Dame, UCLA
2010 Worst Games Virginia, Arizona, Oregon State
Body Structure Perry is a bit undersized for a defensive end, but has a well-built, muscled-up frame with defined upper body, good chest development, tight waist and hips, very good abdomen definition, good bubble, thick thighs and calves, along with very low body fat (8%).
General Report (6.64)
Athletic Ability (7.6) Perry has good quickness, but it is his all-out hustle that makes him look mush faster in his backside pursuit. He has good agility and balance on the move and adequate change of direction agility, but shows some hip stiffness when having to move suddenly. He accelerates into the backfield with good urgency and has the strength to jolt a blocker much bigger than him. He is much stronger with his upper body than in his legs and can be pushed back off the snap, as he does not generate a strong base to hold ground firmly, especially when trying to combat double teams.
Football Sense (6.3) Perry is an instinctive athlete who reacts in an instant when he sees the play develop. He learns football well and is not the type that will be fooled by misdirection or play action. He seems to do a better job of finding the ball when attacking the backfield rather than working down the line of dropping back in pass coverage (gets a few snaps at linebacker every now and then).
Character (6.7) Perry is well-liked by staff and teammates. He is involved in the university's community affairs and has no known off-field issues. He is a well-spoken individual and an asset off the field for any program.
Competitiveness (6.1) Perry shows good urgency to close when he sees the play develop and is known as an all-out hustler, but needs to play with better aggression. He can get lost working through a crowd and while he is a "gamer," his motor runs hot and cold, as there are times where he simply disappears in games (see 2011 Syracuse and UCLA contests). Sometimes it looks like he plays the game with more of an offensive temperament.
WORK HABITS (6.5) Perry is a workout warrior, but despite his impressive weight room figures, it does not always translate to the football field. He had durability issues earlier in his career (knee in 2008, ankle in 2009), but they are no longer an issue. For all that upper body strength, he does get pretty passive with his hands, at times. He just needs to play with better aggression rather than trying to finesse the blocker.
Athletic Report (6.92)
Explosion/Pursuit (7.8) When he plays with his hand down, Perry generates a good burst off the snap and quick hand usage to get an edge on the offensive tackle's outside shoulder He has good angle concept in the backfield to close on the quarterback in a hurry. He is effective at getting his hands up to deflect the pass or obstruct the QB's view. He does have issues when he stands up at the line, as he will drop his hands and leave his chest exposed for a blocker to lock on and he does not have the lower leg drive to prevent from being pushed back. He is a quick twitch athlete who can burst upfield, but must show better consistency using his hands to disengage.
Strength at Point (6.7) Perry has functional lower body strength, but much better upper body power (35 reps at 225-pound bench press). However, it is his quickness that helps him deal with stronger opponents. When he uses his hands well to control, he gets leverage, but he lacks the sand in his pants to prevent double teams from washing him out at the Xs, where he will generally get pushed and struggle to get off blocks (see 2011 Syracuse and 1010 Oregon and Arizona games).
Use of Hands (6.2) Perry runs hot and cold in this area. He uses his hands well to control and get rid of blocks when he keeps his hand down before the snap (gets good explosion on the rise), but when he plays in a stand-up position, he only generates a soft fend-off. When he gets separation, he can penetrate and defeat blocks.
Lateral Pursuit/Effort (6.0) When Perry keeps his pad level down, he moves down the line effectively and can use his hands well to drag the lead blocker down. He just shows inconsistency with his lateral movement (seems stiff in the hips), but compensates some with his hustle. When he gets too tall in his stance, he will reach and lunge, leading to missed tackles.
Tackling Ability (7.0) Perry is good at locating the ball. It is hard to fool him with misdirection or play action and he is efficient at taking out the outside leg of the ball carrier to prevent them from falling forward for extra yardage (gave up just 23 yards on 38 running plays involved in during 2011). He makes a good effort to have the correct pad level and helmet placement and showed as a junior that he can strike and jar the ball loose (see 2011 Minnesota, Oregon and California games).
Run Defense (7.1) When Perry keeps his hand down, he can fire off the snap and take on the offensive tackle with good leverage, but will get driven off the line when he gets too tall in his stance. He has the feet to disengage vs. lead blockers, but is best when slipping blocks by lineman rather than try to engage them in battle. When he fails to keep his hands active, he exposes too much of his body and will get stuck on blocks.
Pass Rush (7.0) Perry shows good up field speed and bend coming off the corner to beat a lethargic offensive tackle or counter back inside if the lineman overplays him outside. He just lacks an assortment of rush moves, otherwise. He can free up on twists and games, but has to be moving to be effective. Despite his impressive weight room strength, he is not much of a threat to win one-on-one confrontations with bigger, stronger linemen.
Closing on the QB (7.7) Perry shows the burst to accelerate around the corner on the pass rush and close the deal on the quarterback. He shows good tenacity running the horn to get to the passer. He is most effective on stunts and twists and when he stays at a good pad level, he shows the extra surge to finish the deal off.
Instincts/Recognition (6.8) Perry has good backfield awareness and won't bite on play action. He does a good job of making plays in front of him, bit looks sluggish moving laterally in pursuit or when having to change direction. He seems to know schemers up front and acts accordingly and gets into good position to take out the short area receiver on the screens. He needs to do a better job of using his hand punch to jolt blockers and has become a bit too reliant on his outside speed move and a smart blocker can have good success pushing him out and around the pocket.
Compares To LEONARD LITTLE-ex St. Louis…Perry is better served playing off the edge, as he is a quality pass rusher. Some teams are looking at as a potential linebacker, but I don't think he has the range or lateral quickness to play there. Use him as a rush end, much like the Rams did with Little, and he will get a good piece of the quarterback. Put him in a stand up position and watch him struggle like former Houston Texans bust, Jason Babin (now excelling as a defensive end for Philadelphia).

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