Nick Perry, the Green Bay Packers first round draft pick in 2012, is entering his second season in the NFL, and is being counted on by the Packers, to be a physical, dominate presence in the Packers defense.
Perry started five of the first six games at LOLB last year before going on injured reserve. He made a total of 29 tackles (18 solo) and two sacks and 1 pass defensed. His sacks on two other plays were called penalties, including the one on Andrew Luck, but after reviewing each play, the film showed Perry should have been credited with two more sacks.
The former USC Defensive End was transitioning in his first year in the pros to a new position, LOLB. Six games in he was shut down for the season due to injury, but now, he has quietly snuck through training camp unscathed, and ready to rumble. With a full year under the close tutelage of OLB Coach Kevin Green, Perry should ‘take off’ this year.
At six feet three inches and 265 pounds, Perry is ideal size for a linebacker to hold the edge on running plays, and on passing downs, get penetration and make the quarterback run up the middle, or over to Clay Mathews side, where the four time Pro Bowl Linebacker will be patrolling.
One of the overall team goals during the off season was to get bigger, stronger, and play more physical, and Nick Perry certainly fits that description.
Gone is Frank Zombo. Erik Waldon and Desmon Moses, all of whom weighed around 250 pounds. Zombo and Moses were undrafted Free Agents, and Waldon was plucked off the street.
With Perry(265) a former first round pick, , Mike Neal(280) a former second round pick, Andy Mulumba (260) UFA, history would say the quality of this year’s OLB corp, to include Mathews and rookie Nate Palmer, is an area that has been upgraded over last season.
There is no doubt Perry is a strong man, as his ‘bull rush’ will attest. He needed to, heading into this past off season, to develop another pass rushing move. We shall see on Sunday if he has done that.