Green Bay Packers: Ted Thompson’s top 30 draft picks of all-time
23. Nick Perry (Freddie’s pick)
Like A.J. Hawk, Nick Perry has had to deal with a first-round draft tag following him around. Perry is yet to live up to his day one status, with injuries largely to blame.
Multiple shoulder issues have held Perry back and made him an inconsistent pass rusher on the field. When he’s flashed his skills, we’ve see signs of the player the Packers saw in him in 2012.
At worst, Perry has been a useful rotational piece to the pass rush, but his ceiling is far greater than that. He stayed relatively healthy in 2015 and showed the world what he could do in the postseason, netting 3.5 sacks over two games. Perry was dominant in the wild-card round victory over Washington, and would have been asked to pay rent had he been in the Redskins’ backfield much longer.
After signing a one-year “prove it” deal this offseason, the Packers are hoping a finally-healthy Perry can live up to his billing and offer the pass rush many believe he can deliver. If it happens, his position in this list will rise.
At worst, Perry is a useful option to plug in on defense. There’s still time for him to become something much more.
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