Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive lineman Nick Perry does the shuttle run during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NFL Draft Player Profile: USC Trojans DE Nick Perry

Perry led the Trojans with 9.5 sacks in 2011.

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2012 NFL Draft: Matt Kalil, Nick Perry Give USC Trojans 17 First Round Picks In Last Decade

A pair of junior USC Trojans standouts heard their names called on Thursday night in the first round of the NFL Draft in New York City. All-American left tackle Matt Kalil was picked No. 4 by the Minnesota Vikings, and defensive end Nick Perry went No. 28 to the Green Bay Packers.

The Trojans hadn't had multiple first round picks since Mark Sanchez, Brian Cushing, and Clay Matthews were selected int he first round in 2009. USC has had 17 first round NFL draft picks in the last 10 years.

USC Trojans Drafted In First Round, 2003-2012
Year Pick Pos Player Team
2012 4 T Matt Kalil Minneosta Vikings
2012 28 DE Nick Perry
Green Bay Packers
2011 9 T Tyron Smith Dallas Cowboys
2009 5 QB Mark Sanchez New York Jets
2009 15 LB Brian Cushing Houston Texans
2009 26 LB Clay Matthews Green Bay Packers
2008 7 DT Sedrick Ellis New Orleans Saints
2008 9 LB Keith Rivers Cincinnati Bengals
2008 21 T Sam Baker Atlanta Falcons
2008 28 DE Lawrence Jackson Seattle Seahawks
2006 2 RB Reggie Bush New Orleans Saints
2006 10 QB Matt Leinart Arizona Cardinals
2005 10 WR Mike Williams Detroit Lions
2005 31 DT Mike Patterson Philadelphia Eagles
2004 20 DE Kenechi Udeze Minnesota Vikings
2003 1 QB Carson Palmer Cincinnati Bengals
2003 16 S Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh Steelers

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mike Mayock Has Nick Perry To New England Patriots

There's a lot of questions as to whether USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry will be able to pan out at the next level. Perry has a lot of talent and clearly possesses elite pass rushing skills, but it's not quite certain whether he can do anything else.

Mike Mayock released his only mock draft on NFL.com, and the premier NFL draft expert has the Patriots picking Perry with the 27th pick in the first round.

Defense, defense, defense with the Patriots. I'm not a huge fan of this kid. I've got him No. 49 on my board. So why do I have him going to the Patriots? Because he brings edge-rushing abilities to the table, and perhaps Bill Belichick can do for Perry what I think Pete Carroll will do for Quinton Coples.

Check out the video of Mayock explaining further why Perry and the Patriots would be a good fit for each other.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Dane Brugler's Final Mock Sends Nick Perry to Chicago at #19

We're t-minus one day until the 2012 NFL Draft and analysts and football writers around the nation are submitting their final mock drafts, basing their on the most current scuttlebutt and at time, insider information available. Generally speaking, the closer you get to the draft, the better the mocks do (though, I doubt many mock drafts could be considered 'reliable'), as compared to those from a couple of months, weeks, or even days ago. As writers try and get as close to the real thing as possible, they abandon their harebrained ideas and scenarios for what they believe will actually happen. With that in mind, it's interesting to note that CBS Sports and NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler mocked USC's Nick Perry to the Bears at 19 in his final iteration.

19. Chicago Bears
Nick Perry, DE, Southern California: The Bears will be searching for pass rush help on draft day and Nick Perry would be able to step in right away. He brings an intriguing blend of strength and speed off the edge and could have a Brian Orakpo-like impact as a pro. Perry isn't the most flexible athlete, but he blew up the Combine in February with a 4.58 40-yard dash, 38.5" vertical leap, 10'4" broad jump and 35 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

It would certainly be interesting if Perry goes as high as 19, considering he's projected as a second rounder by many outlets. Regardless, he'd probably be a nice fit in the Windy City, a team that runs a 4-3 scheme that would ask him to rush the passer like a wild banshee - likely what he'll be best at in the NFL.

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2012 NFL Draft: Nick Perry Is Overvalued? One Writer Thinks So

You know the common refrain that a player in a sport can be considered underrated for so long that eventually they become overrated? Well, that can happen with draft prospects as they move up and down draft boards and it seems to be happening to USC defensive end Nick Perry.

Perry has been all over the spectrum in terms of where he'll land in the draft but recently, he's been seen as high as no. 19 in mock drafts. That's the highest he's been during the pre-draft process which means his name must be gaining ground among GMs and coaches. This is also a reason to look deeper into his performance to see if the rise is merited and ESPN.com's K.C. Joyner seems to think it isn't.

Joyner broke down the fact that out of Perry's 9.5 sacks last season for the Trojans, only 3.5 of them were one-on-one sacks, where he beat a pass-blocker in a one-on-one situation and got to the quarterback within three seconds. Only having 3.5 in a 12-game season, according to Joyner, doesn't bode well for success at the next level.

Maybe Perry can change that perception but as of now, he sits among five players that Joyner ranks as being overvalued heading into the draft.

But wasn't he underrated recently?

Figures.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: USC DE Nick Perry Taken No. 19 To Chicago

USC defensive end Nick Perry is one of those guys that no one can quite get a handle on where he will land on draft day. He's spent time completely off of mock drafts, but in SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber's latest mock, Perry is listed as the no. 19 pick to the Chicago Bears.

Van Bibber says this about the pick.

Put another pass rusher on the other side of Julius Peppers and it might help Chicago keep up with the quarterbacks in the division.

And yet, Perry doesn't find himself on Todd McShay of ESPN's Top 32 Prospects and he is all the way at no. 31 to the New England Patriots in Peter King of Sports Illustrated's most recent mock. It's been an up-and-down ride for Perry during the mock season. Hopefully, he's not paying attention to any of it because it would probably drive him nuts.

One thing you can take from him rising to no. 19 on Van Bibber's is that there are positive signs that his stock is either steady or rising and both are good things.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick Perry Picked By New England Patriots

Nick Perry is one of the best defensive ends available in the 2012 NFL Draft, but who knows whether he can translate that production to the next level. Perry is one of the most athletic pass rushers out there, but it remains to be seen whether he can end up playing as either a defensive end or a linebacker. There is danger of him being a tweener as a pro, which could limit his production.

DraftTek releases his latest mock, and it has Perry falling to the second round at the 48th pick overall to the New England Patriots.

Their 3rd pick in this sim goes to the same side of the ball as the first 2. Shocking, isn't it? After adding a DT and CB a pass rusher is the next logical step. Perry was USCs best DL and named to the All-Pac 12 1st team following his junior season in which he accumulated 9.5 sacks. He's added bulk since the combine to convince 4-3 teams that he has the size to play DE. His quickness of the ball and strong upper body are his biggest assets.

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NFL Draft 2012: Mel Kiper Talks Nick Perry, Whitney Mercilus

Mel Kiper took part in a reporters' conference call recently to talk the NFL Draft, and when asked about defensive ends that may still be available to Detroit with the 23rd pick, two names in particular came up - Illinois' Whitney Mercilus and USC's Nick Perry. In general, Kiper is higher on Mercilus than Perry, but notes that the USC product might be a first-round option for some teams.

Said Kiper:

Well, I like Mercilus..., a guy that leads the nation in sacks, leads the nation in forced fumbles. I don't like one year wonders, but you're not taking him in the top 10 to 15 there at 23. I think he could actually go a little earlier than that. I think he would look good in a Bear uniform. But I think when you look at him and 6'3″ and a half, 260 to 265 pounds, strong in the upper body, closes well. I like the fact he's a natural pass rusher, got natural pass rush instinct and natural pass rush moves, which is critical moving forward in the NFL. He plays the run adequately. I think you look at a guy right there who with another year at Illinois, if he would have played one more year at Illinois, he would have been up there where Simeon Rice was, in the top five, Simeon Rice, the former great player at Illinois and a good player in the NFL. Bottom line with Mercilus, if you can get him at 23, you've got yourself value. I don't think he'll be there. I think Perry will be. I think Branch is more of a second-round pick.

I think Perry is a late one. Perry could also fit a 3-4 scheme. He's a pass rusher. He had a real good year a couple years ago, then a lackluster year the following season and came on this past year. So a little up and down during his career at USC, but a guy that did show the ability to put heat on the quarterback. I would think- Perry, that's borderline at 23.

A 'borderline' pick at 23 isn't really too far off the consensus, for everything that I've read. I've seen Perry mocked to the Seahawks at 12 and mocked to teams in the 2nd round, so as with anything, there are some varied opinions on him. The bottom line is that it appears he's a day one or early day two pick. Where he ends up though, is anyone's guess.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Perry Selected By Chargers, Bears & Patriots (Oh My!)

There is little doubt that Nick Perry will be selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Given his strong showing at the NFL Combine and impressive individual workouts for various teams, you can bet he'll likely hear his name called somewhere in the back-half of the first round.

Players capable of playing both the defensive end and OLB positions are very valuable, especially when you consider the emergence of rookies like Aldon Smith and Von Miller from last season. Teams value versatility and few players feature more of it than the former standout with the USC Trojans.

The guys at USA Today recently surveyed five draft experts for their latest mock draft projections. Four out of the five had Perry going somewhere in the first round.

Nate Davis, a columnist for USA Today, has Perry going to the Chargers with the 18th pick. Rob Rang of NFLDraftScouting.com has him going one spot lower to the Bears. Jim Corbett of USA Today and Wes Bunting of National Football Post have Perry going to the Patriots with the No. 31 overall selection.

The first round of the 2012 Draft is set for Thursday, April 26 from New York City.

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2012 NFL Draft: Patriots Select USC's Nick Perry According to National Football Post

As the 2012 NFL Draft draws near, many mock drafters are still placing USC Trojan Nick Perry all over the board. But according to our friends over at National Football Post and their latest 7.0 mock draft, Perry will be landing with the New England Patriots with their first round pick, No. 31 overall.

Here Is National Football Post's Wes Bunting with the commentary:

New England has had to piece together their secondary this year, but in terms of talent they could certainly use an upgrade at a number of spots. Barron is a smart, instinctive safety with good ball skills, can play in the box and be effective bumping/running with tight ends underneath.

New England certainly gets the most out of their draft picks, and certainly will have another winner if they select Perry with this pick. And guess what? They still have another first round pick too!

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Will Nick Perry Go to the Seahawks in Round One?

CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler published his latest mock draft on Monday and had an interesting projection for USC's Nick Perry, predicting that Pete Carroll would take his former player with the 12th pick overall. Per Brugler:

Nick Perry, DE, Southern California: The Seahawks ranked in the bottom half of the NFL last season with 33.0 sacks and Seattle's front office has yet to answer their pass rush need during the offseason. Nick Perry, who was recruited to Southern Cal four years ago, brings an intriguing blend of strength and speed off the edge. He isn't the most flexible athlete, but he blew up the Combine in February with a 4.58 40-yard dash, 38.5-inch vertical leap, 10'4" broad jump and 35 reps of 225-pounds on the bench press.

It's certainly something that is being talked about more and more of late, the reuniting of Perry and Carroll, but until recently it was mostly considered in a trade-down scenario for the Seahawks, where they could pick up a couple more picks and take Perry somewhere in the 20's. Would they take him with the 12th pick? It's tough to say - Perry will be competing at around that spot with the likes of Courtney Upshaw, Melvin Ingram, Quinton Coples, Whitney Mercilus and several other edge rushers, so his athleticism will have to set him apart.

Carroll should know Perry very well after recruiting and coaching him at USC, and a large part of making the right pick is knowing the most about potential players for your team. If the Seahawks rate Perry highly enough, they may just decide not to risk losing him and take him when they have the chance at the 12th pick.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: New York Giants Select Nick Perry According to SI's Latest Mock

Former USC Trojan Nick Perry has been going all over the board in the first round of most mock drafts as a number of teams are in need of improvement at defensive end and/or outside linebacker. One of those teams is the New York Giants, who according to Sports Illustrated's Don Banks and his latest mock draft will be the team selecting Perry No. 32 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Here is Banks with the commentary on Perry's fit in New York:

The Giants have greater needs at running back, offensive tackle and inside linebacker, but Perry carries a first-round grade and New York sticks with its belief that you can never have too many quality pass rushers. Perry might even be able to play at weakside linebacker in the NFL, which would allow the Giants to shift Michael Boley to the middle.

Obviously the G-Men have a number of ways to use their first round pick, but if a quality defensmen the caliber of Perry falls all the way to 32nd, they might as well pick him up. He very well could already be gone though.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: New York Jets Take Nick Perry

Former NFL head coach Pat Kirwin, now an analyst with CBSSports, is generally regarded as a well-connected and is a respected evaluator, so it may be interesting to USC fans that he's projected Trojan Nick Perry to the New York Jets with the 16th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft. Per Kirwin:

Nick Perry, DE, Southern California: Perry has versatility and can play standing up or down in a stance. Rex Ryan loves guys like Perry and will build a Terrell Suggs role for him.

Rex Ryan is known for being a players' coach and is also known for his skills in teaching the intricacies and nuances of NFL defenses to young players. I have no doubt either that Ryan could find a spot for Perry that he could have success with despite his limited college experience. Perry is a unique athlete, and it would be interesting to see how the Jets would utilize his skillset.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Perry To The Cleveland Browns

SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber released his latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft on Monday, and had DT Nick Perry of the USC Trojans being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round at No. 22.

For all the Browns' faults, and there are many, the defense played well last year. Adding another pass rusher to go with Jabaal Sheard improves the unit. It might even be enough to give the Browns another win or two while they figure out the whole quarterback thing. (Via: SB Nation)

Currently, most mock drafts have Perry going somewhere in the late first round to the early second round. Any team looking to upgrade their defense will benefit right away from Perry's talents. Analysts like the Sporting News' Russ Lande believe Perry is the No. 1 defensive end prospect in this year's draft.

Other teams labeled as possible destinations for Perry include the Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots.

Perry, who is forgoing his senior year at USC, is one of the top underclassmen in this year's pool of prospects. In 2011, the junior started in all 12 games and led the Trojans with a team-high 12 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper 4.0 Puts Nick Perry On The Green Bay Packers

Nick Perry of the USC Trojans is one of the most talented defenders in the NFL Draft, but no one really knows where he translates in the next level, which lowers his draft stock from the top of the mark to a low first round or high second round figure.

Mel Kiper released his latest mock draft, which can be viewed in its entirety (two rounds full) if you have an ESPN Insider account. Perry on the Green Bay Packers is what Kiper projects for the potential defensive end/linebacker tweener.

By the end of last season, the Packers were sacking quarterbacks at a rate that was the worst in the NFL. They simply have to find players who can create matchup problems for offenses often trying to play catch-up via the pass. Perry is another convert option, but the Packers can do a lot with their looks and find a place for a pass-rusher with his upside.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Todd McShay Has Nick Perry To Jacksonville Jaguars

USC defensive end Nick Perry might be falling down the 2012 NFL Draft boards. Perry has a lot of physical talent, but it's unclear where he belongs. He's got a lot of edge rush speed, but it's unclear whether he fits as a linebacker or a defensive end, and that could hurt him. A player needs a definitive position at the next level, so it's unclear where he'll go

Todd McShay releases his latest mock draft, which you can view on ESPN if you have an Insider account. Perry now ends up 38th overall in the second round of the draft, which is a far cry from the first round. Will he be able to climb back up into the first round? Only time will tell.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Perry To The New England Patriots

The New England Patriots got to the Super Bowl last season without having a dominant pass rusher, something that really cost them in the Super Bowl when Eli Manning managed to step up in the pocket and deliver crucial throws to win football games for them.

So mock drafts have the Patriots looking for a pass rusher in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation has his latest mock, and he files this report that has New England taking Nick Perry of the USC Trojans.

New England was already short a pass rusher before losing Mark Anderson to the Bills last week. Perry has the kind of raw talent that Bill Belichick can move around in his defense.

Getting a guy like Perry would be crucial for New England if he can develop into a dominant edge rusher. Perry does have tweener concerns, but at this point the Patriots need players they can rely on for regular contributions.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick Perry To Cleveland Browns With 37th Pick

Nick Perry is one of those prospects who looks real good in college, but you're not sure where exactly he projects at the next level. He's got the motor of a defensive end and the speed of a linebacker, but he doesn't quite fit into either position. The former USC defender is definitely good, but how good will he translate at the next level?

DraftTek's latest mock has Perry falling out of the first round and into the second to the Cleveland Browns.

A freshly shuffled DraftTek Big Board has taken the popular OT Bobbie Massie out of the picture for now. Nick Perry was a versatile, and productive edge rusher for the Trojans in 2011. His smallish stature at 6'3", 271 pounds might not translate so well at the Pro level. Cleveland also signed two minor free agents: Frostee Rucker and Juqua Parker. A grab on OLB Lavonte David, or Massie will happen soon. ~Mike Sudds

Indeed, it makes sense to take Perry later rather than sooner to avoid the risk of him not working out at the next level. You don't want to draft a player too early if you're not sure if he'll succeed.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Matt Kalil To Vikings, Nick Perry To Bears, According to Pro Football Talk

With the NFL Draft inching closer by the day, many wonder where former USC Trojans Matt Kalil and Nick Perry will end playing with on Sundays next season in the NFL.

Well, according to Evan Silva and NBC's Pro Football Talk and their first edition of a 2012 Mock Draft both of them are first round picks, with Kalil going third overall to the Minnesota Vikings and Perry heading to the Windy City to join the Chicago Bears.

Silva notes that the Vikings most glaring area of need is at left tackle, and Kalil is seen by many as the best tackle in this draft class, meaning this could be a match made in heaven for them. With Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III likely going No. 1 and 2, this is one of the more logical fits in this years draft.

As for Perry, some have felt he'd be a better fit elsewhere but Silva likes him going to Chicago, noting that he and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will be a good fit.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Patriots A Home For Nick Perry?

USC's Nick Perry cemented himself into the first round discussion with an insane Combine workout, but there are still teams that have their concerns. The one-year wonder label gets thrown around to players like Perry that seemingly emerge from obscurity and decide to declare for the Draft.

Furthering these concerns is the fact that of all positions, pass rushers might be the most apt to bust. Predicting a person's future potential is always a risky business, but Perry has the raw athleticism and physical make up that will likely lead a team to roll the dice and hope he wasn't just a flash in the pan. Rob Rang projected the USC DE to the New England Patriots in his most recent mock, and here's what he said:

Nick Perry, DE, Southern California: Some teams are hesitant to grade Perry as a first-round prospect due to the fact that he elected to leave USC after just one highly productive season. He led the Pac-12 with 9.5 sacks in a breakout junior campaign. There are scouts who do believe he's just scratching the surface of his potential and others who like him best as a defensive end rather than an outside linebacker in the 3-4. For Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Perry would likely be asked to play both positions.

The pick makes sense - Perry is a bit of a tweener but if there's one team that can use a player like that, it's the Patriots, who run a hybrid defense that freely switches between 3-4 and 4-3 looks.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Green Bay Packers Pick Nick Perry

The Green Bay Packers have some big issues to resolve next season, particularly on the defensive end. The defense caused Green Bay so many issues despite going 15-1; if not for a transcendent offense, the issues for the Packers on the defensive end might have become all the clearer.

Green Bay needs a pass rusher that'll give teams trouble aside from Clay Matthews, who was too easily double-teamed and schemed against quite effectively last year. Matthews needs a partner on the other side if he plans to be more effective than he was before.

The Packers now have to go into the well and try and find a pass rush talent late in the first round, and Nick Perry of the USC Trojans might be the answer. DraftTek has its latest.

Perry has seemingly found a home here at pick #28 for the Packers. Although many are projecting him at 4-3DE before 3-4OLB, I'm comfortable with Perry being able to make the transition to playing with his hand off the ground. From my view, Perry has the physical strength to play either position, but his speed and initial burst makes him more effective in open space. I'd love for Kevin Greene to get the chance to work with Perry.

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NFL Draft 2012: Nick Perry Could Go Anywhere From No. 20 to No. 31 Overall

Ask anyone close to USC defensive end Nick Perry where they think he's going to land in the NFL Draft, they'd probably tell you ‘I have no idea'. Ask Perry himself the same question and you'd probably get the same answer.

Because nobody can agree on it.

In the latest attempt at trying to locate Perry's proper destination, SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber has Perry going no. 20 overall to the Tennessee Titans. The Titans didn't bid on the services of Mario Williams so this would be a good place for them to look for some outside rush help which is something Perry has the ability to develop into.

Bibber has Perry going in the same spot as CBS Sportsline's Dane Drugler but 11 spots ahead of Drugler's colleague Rob Rang. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has Perry going no. 28 to the Green Bay Packers.

There is clearly no consensus. But oh how fun it is...

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NFL Draft 2012: Nick Perry Projections Vary Wildly, But First Round Still Seems Likely

USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry established himself as a junior in 2011, leading the Trojans with 9.5 sacks. He wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks last year, and is expected to shine in the NFL at either defensive end or outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. In the latest NFL Draft projections at CBS Sports, Perry could be picked anywhere from No. 20 to No. 31.

Dane Brugler projected Perry to be picked 20th by the Tennessee Titans, noting, "He isn't the most physically imposing specimen, but Perry has NFL-level athleticism." Meanwhile, Brugler's colleague Rob Rang has Perry falling to No. 31 to the New England Patriots.

"There are scouts who do believe he's just scratching the surface of his potential and others who like him best as a defensive end rather than an outside linebacker in the 3-4," wrote Rang. "For Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Perry would likely be asked to play both positions."

The Trojans have had 15 first round picks in the last 10 NFL drafts.

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NFL Draft 2012, Nick Perry Takes Part In USC Pro Day

USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry was one of two USC juniors to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft. The speedy defensive end has been projected anywhere from the middle of the first round to early second round, with teams looking to use him either as a defensive end or an outside linebacker, with the latter position in a 3-4 scheme.

"It doesn't really matter which position I play. I'll play whatever," said Perry, who was one of several Trojans to participate in their Pro Day on Wednesday, showing off in front of NFL talent evaluators.

Wednesday was the last time Perry worked out on the USC practice field, and he holds fond memories.

"I will truly miss all the things I did here. They will never be forgotten. This is what it took to get me here. I'm just thankful and blessed to be in the position I am in right now," said Perry.

Perry and left tackle Matt Kalil, both junior entrants in the NFL draft, did not participate in every test on Wednesday as they both excelled at the combine. But both took part in individual drills.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: USC OLB Nick Perry Could Be A Target For New England Patriots

USC Trojans linebacker Nick Perry attended the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis with the rest of the top college football players in the country over the past week. He impressed with his on-field workouts and has firmly inserted himself into discussion as a solid first-round draft pick.


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Draft Tek has posted their first post-Combine mock draft. Ethan Hammerman theorizes that Perry could go to a team that hasn't really been linked with him prior to this analysis. Hammerman suggests that the New England Patriots could use their No. 27 overall pick to select Perry in the first round.

After his sensational performance at the NFL Combine, this may be a bit too low for Nick Perry. However, if he falls here, the Patriots would probably have a tough time passing him up. Perry absolutely lit up the meat market, running a 4.5 40 yard dash and an impressive 1.57 second 10 yard split. Perry is an utter beast with great outside pass rush moves and the power and sturdiness to hold up at the point of attack. Perry had 8.5 sacks on the year and was generally stellar at USC. However, he could project to be a better pro than college player, despite his solid statistics. In the Patriots' system, Perry would need to be a bit more nuanced in his game. However, he easily has the frame to adjust, and fits the team's paradigm for outside linebackers.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick Perry Selected By Denver Broncos In First Round

Nick Perry brings an intriguing skill set with him whenever he takes the field. While not overly fast nor athletic for an outside linebacker, he also isn't big enough to be an every-down defensive end. That may scare some teams away that run a prototypical defensive scheme, but not John Fox and the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos struck gold at the 2011 NFL Draft with Von Miller as he won the Rookie Of The Year. Now, armed with the 25th pick, the team is looking to take yet another pass rusher. The latest mock draft from FOX Sports has Denver taking Nick Perry in the first round:

25. Denver Broncos: Nick Perry, DE, USC: As a junior, Perry matured into a pass-rushing force, leading the Pac-12 in sacks and serving as the anchor on a young Trojans defensive line. Perry excelled in Monte Kiffin's pro-style defensive scheme and is the type of guy who can provide some pop right away.

There are some question marks over his decision to leave after just one year of greatness, but his stock can only go up with his Pro Day and individual team workouts over the next couple of months.

The Broncos D hit the jackpot with Von Miller a year ago; Perry could be another cornerstone for John Fox's 4-3 scheme.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick Perry To The New York Jets

Nick Perry of the USC Trojans is one of those guys that's hard to project to the next level. He proved he could be a strong pass rusher as a defensive end in college, but it's unclear whether he's better suited to be a linebacker or a defensive lineman at the next level. So no one knows where exactly he'll end up or whether he might just end up in a scheme that fits him the best.

Perry is too physically talented to drop out of the first round though, so you figure someone will take him. Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation put up his latest mock draft, and he filed this report.

16. New York Jets, Nick Perry, OLB, USC

Perry really showed off his athleticism at the Combine. At 270 pounds, he still cannot shake the "tweener" label, but the talent is there whether he plays in 3-4 or a 4-3. He played a hybrid version of both at USC. As a pass rusher, he could make an impact right away for a Jets team that needs another rush linebacker to go with Aaron Maybin.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick Perry Propels Himself Firmly Into First Round Discussion

After an eye opening workout at the NFL Combine over the last few days, USC DE Nick Perry has propelled himself firmly into first round discussion. Perry at 6-foot-3, 271 pounds, had the top defensive line marks in the vertical leap (38.5 inches) and broad jump (10-feet, 4 inches) while posting the No. 3 time in the 40-yard dash (4.64 seconds). After racking up 9.5 sacks this last season with the Trojans, teams have sat up and noticed.

Rob Rang, of CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com, has Perry projected to the New England Patriots at 31. Per Rang:

31. New England Patriots

Nick Perry, DE, Southern California: Some teams are hesitant to grade Perry as a first-round prospect due to the fact that he elected to leave USC after just one highly productive season. He led the Pac-12 with 9.5 sacks in a breakout junior campaign. There are scouts who do believe he's just scratching the surface of his potential and others who like him best as a defensive end rather than an outside linebacker in the 3-4. For Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Perry would likely be asked to play both positions.

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2012 NFL Combine Schedule And Preview: Nick Perry One Of Four USC Trojans Schedule For Monday Workouts

The 2012 NFL Combine continues on Monday in Indianapolis, with a nice contrast to Sunday's proceedings. While Sunday showed off the many talented quarterbacks available in the draft, Monday will highlight the men who try to make the lives of quarterbacks a living hell. Defensive linemen and linebackers get put under the microscope on Wednesday, which means four USC Trojans take the stage.

Defensive end Nick Perry headlines the group, which also includes USC defensive linemen DaJohn Harris and Christian Tupou, and linebacker Chris Galippo.

The defensive stalwarts will take part in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three cone drill, 20-yard shuttle, and 60-yard shuttle.

Perry has been projected by many to be drafted in the middle of the first round, where he would join All-American left tackle Matt Kalil as a USC first round pick. The Trojans have had 15 first round picks in the last 10 years.

The NFL Combine can be viewed on the NFL Network, and online at NFL.com.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick Perry Looking To Solidify First Round Projection At NFL Combine

The 2012 NFL Draft is right around the corner and just about every eligible prospect in the country will be making his way to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine to impress scouts from all across the league. For guys like Nick Perry, who many feel could be drafted anywhere in the first or second round, it is imperative that he performs well in workouts and also impresses some coaches during the interview process.

Perry has seen his name linked to nearly half the teams in the league and this latest mock draft from SB Nation has the former USC Trojans standout heading to the San Francisco 49ers.

30. San Francisco 49ers, Nick Perry, OLB, USC

Everything about this pick says it should be a cornerback or an offensive lineman. The 49ers need both, but they could also find help on the free agent market. The Giants reminded the 49ers that you can never have enough pass rushers. That will be especially true if they lose Ahmad Brooks in free agency this year. Perry would probably not be ready for a three-down role, which would still leave the 49ers with questions to answer.

The 49ers may not be an ideal spot for Perry given their depth at linebacker, but Perry is talented and athletic enough to adjust to any scheme. He will be a bit of a project and will need some time to develop, but should he get proper coaching at the next level, he could become a force and a nightmare for offensive lines to keep out of the backfield.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: USC DE Nick Perry To Packers In First Round

The various mock drafts are beginning to solidify for the most part prior to the next big shake-up that will certainly occur following the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next week. Sometimes, however, the mock drafts can still throw a curveball, as in the case with USC defensive end Nick Perry.

In the latest mock draft over at Draft Tek, Green Bay Packers analyst Al Bracco suggests that the Packers will select Perry in the first round, as the No. 28 overall pick.

If Michael Brockers were to fall as far as he has in this mock draft, I would expect GM Ted Thompson to make a move to leapfrog NE and nab Brockers. Otherwise, Perry is a nice consolation prize. While Perry was a defensive end for the Trojans, his lack of bulk certainly projects him as a 3-4 OLB in the NFL. Perry is fluid in space, sees the ball well and should be able to make the transition to 3-4 OLB despite lack of experience at that spot. At this time, his pass rush skills are effective, but limited - he's a pure outside speed rusher. But even a one dimensional pass rush is better at this point han the "no dimension" the Packers have had from the ROLB spot for a few years, so they'll gladly take it. There are some concerns that Perry didn't do enough with his talent, but it's still a solid pick for the Packers.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick Perry, Pete Carroll Could Reunite With Seattle Seahawks

The 2012 NFL Draft is still more than two months away, so there is plenty of time for speculation. USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry, who decided to leave school after his junior season to turn pro, has been in the middle to late first round in most mock drafts, though some are skeptical whether or not Perry will go in the first round. In the highest pick to date, the National Football Post projects Perry to be picked No. 12 by the Seattle Seahawks.

That would be the Seahawks, with head coach Pete Carroll, the man who recruited Perry to USC in 2008. One redshirt year and 21.5 sacks later, including a team-leading 9.5 sacks in 2011, Perry and Carroll could be together again.

"Finding a guy who can create pressure off the edge opposite Chris Clemons is a must," wrote Wes Buntin. "Perry has an explosive first step, is learning to use his hands and could end up being one of the better sack artists to come out of this year’s class."

The usual suspects linked to Perry in most other mock drafts are the San Diego Chargers at No. 18, the Tennessee Titans at No. 20, or the Green Bay Packers at No. 28. Perry could be used in the NFL as either a defensive end or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Perry A Fit For San Diego Chargers

USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry figures to join teammate Matt Kalil as a first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Both have a chance to wow scouts and executives at the USC pro day on March 7, but as of now most of the prognosticators have Perry being picked later in the first round. Two CBS Sports analysts predict Perry will end up with the San Diego Chargers.

In his latest mock draft for CBS Sports, Rob Rang has Perry getting picked No. 18 by San Diego, noting, "Perry, who led the Pac-12 with 9.5 sacks as a junior and may be just scratching the surface of his potential, may be able to provide the consistent pass rush that 2009 first-round pick Larry English has thus far been unable to give the Chargers."

Fellow CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler agrees, noting the Chargers will benefit from Perry, whom Brugler describes as "a hybrid, athletic edge rusher with a nose for the ball and the motor to create pressure in the backfield."

The Trojans have had 15 first round picks in the last 10 NFL drafts.

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2012 NFL Combine: Nick Perry A Top 5 DE, According To Mike Mayock

Nick Perry is one of the top defensive ends in the 2012 NFL Draft class, but he's far from a sure thing. The USC defensive end was originally considered a top talent, but as time has gone by he's lost a little. Mike Mayock of NFL.com has Perry ranked as one of the top 5 defensive ends, but isn't ranked as high as he probably could be. Michael Lev of the Orange County Register reports that Mayock thinks Perry has strengths and weaknesses.

After watching his tapes, Mayock said Perry was “up and down” in 2011. Sometimes, Perry looked like a first-rounder. Other times, he looked like a second- or third-round pick.

“That lack of consistency will hurt him a little bit,” Mayock said.

But Perry is among the players who really could boost his stock during next week’s NFL scouting combine and USC’s March 7 pro day.

“I think he’s going to test extremely well,” Mayock said. “He’s going to be one of those guys the combine and pro day helps because he’s a bit of an athletic freak.”

It's interesting to think of what would've happened if Perry had actually stuck around for another season at USC. Perry would probably have developed into a top draft pick as a defensive end. Now he probably will struggle trying to get past those issues if he doesn't excel in the combine.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: San Diego Chargers Projected To Pick DE Nick Perry

The USC Trojans have had 15 first-round picks in the NFL draft over the last 10 years, and the 2012 draft figures to add two more to that list. All-American left tackle Matt Kalil will likely be a top five pick, and he is expected to be joined in the first round by a fellow junior, defensive end Nick Perry. In the latest 2012 NFL mock draft at SB Nation, Perry is projected to be picked 18th by the San Diego Chargers.

"San Diego could pursue Mario Williams in free agency. Of course, Williams might prefer to return to the outside in a four-man front," wrote Ryan Van Bibber at SB Nation. "Norv Turner needs help in the pass rush, along with a few other things, in his one last shot at credibility in San Diego."

Perry had 9.5 sacks as a junior in 2011, starting all 12 games for the Trojans last year. The defensive end had 21.5 sacks in his three years at USC.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: USC DE Nick Perry To Lions In First Round

USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry is just one of the Southern California players who figures to do well in the 2012 NFL Draft.

In their latest mock draft, Walter Football predicts that Perry will head to the Detroit Lions in the first round, as the No. 23 overall selection. Here is their take:

Another first-round defensive lineman!? Well, it's no secret that Jim Schwartz loves bolstering his pass rush. Defensive end will be a big need for the Lions if free agent Cliff Avril leaves. Detroit doesn't have the cap space to give Avril the money he wants.

With 33-year-old Kyle Vanden Bosch declining, the Lions will have to find help up front. And besides, Nick Perry fits Detroit's best-player-available M.O.

It's a very deep class of linemen in the 2012 draft. Perry to the Lions is an interesting idea and he could certainly thrive there if everything goes well.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick Perry Could Join Joe Barry With San Diego Chargers

USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry hopes to parlay his 9.5-sack junior season into stardom in the NFL. By most accounts, Perry is projected to be a first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft either as a defensive end, his position in college, or as a linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Perry could end up with a familiar face with the San Diego Chargers.

The Trojans lost linebackers coach Joe Barry, who took the linebackers coaching gig in San Diego. In the latest NFL mock drafts at CBS Sports, both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler project Perry to be picked 18th overall by the Chargers. Brugler called Perry "a hybrid, athletic edge rusher with a nose for the ball and the motor to create pressure in the backfield," and both analysts agreed Perry would step in for Larry English, San Diego's 2009 first round draft pick who has just seven sacks in three NFL seasons.

"Some teams are hesitant to grade Perry as a top 20 prospect due to the fact that he elected to leave USC after just one highly productive season but if San Diego general manager A.J. Smith has proven anything, it is that he is willing to stick with his own team's grades rather than follow the herd," said Rang, though it should be noted that Perry started 22 games for the Trojans in the last two seasons and had eight sacks in primarily a reserve role as a sophomore in 2009.

USC has had 15 first-round draft picks in the last 10 seasons.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Matt Kalil To Vikings, Nick Perry To Lions

Russ Lande of The Sporting News released his latest 2012 NFL Draft mock draft sends on Thursday and two USC Trojans are among his first-round selections.

First, he has Trojan offensive lineman Matt Kalil going third overall to the Minnesota Vikings.

With two below-average offensive tackles right now, the Vikings must upgrade their pass protection to help young quarterback Christian Ponder. Kalil is clearly the draft's best left tackle prospect.

Later on in the first round, he sends USC defensive end Nick Perry to the Detroit Lions with the 23rd pick overall.

Cliff Avril is a free agent who might not be back. Kyle Vanden Bosch is 33. So the Lions grab Perry, who would upgrade their outside pass rush immediately.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Perry Selected By Tennessee Titans

Nick Perry, the former standout defensive end with the USC Trojans, has all of the potential in the world and could become an elite pass rusher at the next level. While some teams have concerns that he will need years of coaching to amount into a starter, many will point at guys like Aldon Smith and Von Miller who excelled in their rookie seasons despite having a lot to learn.

This latest mock draft from NFL Draft Update has Perry going No. 20 overall to the Tennessee Titans, who definitely could improve their defensive line.

A high motor speed rusher with tremendous quickness. Nick Perry is raw, but possesses loads of upside. The Titans ranked 31st in sacks in 2011 and whether he starts from day one or not, he bolsters Tennessee's pass rush instantly. Perry's also an ideal compliment to 2010 1st round pick Derrick Morgan.

Perry will need to have a strong showing at both the USC Pro Day and the NFL Combine if he hopes to stay in the first round. With the athleticism and size that he possesses, the smart money is to bet on him having a big day.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Green Bay Packers Pick Nick Perry

One of the main issues with the Green Bay Packers all season was their painfully inadequate pass rush. The Packers could not pressure the quarterback when they needed it in their playoff contest with the New York Giants, and Eli Manning stood back in the pocket and delivered with confidence. One of the top priorities for Green Bay this year is to upgrade their front seven, and it seems that getting a top rush defensive end/linebacker will put the Packers back where they want to be.

Perhaps getting another USC Trojan is what the Packers need. Draft Tek has the Packers taking junior defensive end Nick Perry with the 28th pick.

While Perry was a defensive end for the Trojans, his lack of bulk certainly projects him as a 3-4 OLB in the NFL. Perry is fluid in space, sees the ball well and should be able to make the transition to 3-4 OLB despite lack of experience at that spot. At this time, his pass rush skills are effective, but limited - he's a pure outside speed rusher. Highlight Video . But consider this: even if his pass rush is one dimensional at this point, that's still more than the "no dimension" the Packers have had from the ROLB spot for a few years, so they'll gladly take it. A solid pick for the Packers - Al Bracco - Jersey Al's AllGreenBayPackers.com

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick Perry To San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers continue to have trouble surmounting their defensive woes, which could mean that they look in the draft toward finding a fix for their particular issues. One such problem that needs to be solved is their struggling pass rush, which has caused them woes in the past few years and slowed down their ability to disrupt opposing offenses.

So pass rush could be of importance, and landing a disruptive presence like Nick Perry could be the solution. Ryan Van Bibber released his latest mock draft, and the Chargers are the ones who end up taking Perry with the 18th pick overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. The explanation is below.

Since coaches aren't available in the draft either, the Chargers will turn toward fixing the pass rush, possibly admitting their mistake with Larry English. Perry has the speed to make things happen when attacking the quarterback. He did not play linebacker at USC, so it may take some time to get him up to snuff.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Todd McShay Predicts Nick Perry To Tennessee Titans In First Round

The 2012 NFL Draft is right around the corner and Nick Perry is one of the higher regarded defensive ends available on draft boards. While some view Perry as a bit of a project at the next level, he has the skill and athleticism to become a star in the NFL with proper coaching and development. Todd McShay of ESPN recently released his mock draft and had the former Trojan standout going to the Tennessee Titans in the first round.

20. Nick Perry, DE, USC

The Titans have three defensive ends set to become free agents and need a dynamic pass-rusher to complement Derrick Morgan. While Perry is raw, he has good initial burst and natural pass-rush skills. Cornerback, safety and offensive line are also need areas, but Perry makes the most sense in this situation.

The Titans sure seem like a team right on the cusp of breaking out and an elite pass rusher like Perry could be the missing piece on defense. As for Perry, along with Matt Kalil, those two are both currently projected for the top-20 picks, something very few football programs can lay claim to.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Perry No. 20 To The Tennessee Titans

USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry had 9.5 sacks in his junior season and, like All-American left tackle Matt Kalil, decided to skip his senior season at USC to turn pro. Also like Kalil, Perry is expected to be drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft in April. In the latest NFL Mock Draft at SB Nation, Perry is projected to be picked No. 20 overall by the Tennessee Titans.

"Tennessee had a solid defense, but they struggled to get to the passer," wrote Ryan Van Bibber in his draft analysis. "Only one team had fewer sacks in 2011. Drafting Perry gives the Titans a real threat on the outside."

Should Perry and Kalil both be drafted in the first round, it would continue a recent run of high NFL draft picks coming from USC. Since 2003 the Trojans have had 15 players drafted in the first round, with at least one first round pick in seven of the last nine drafts.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Two More Possibilities For USC DE Nick Perry

USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry is projected to be a top prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft. Many experts and columnists predict he will be a popular target for NFL teams late in the first round.

In their latest mock draft, CBS Sports analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler offer two different takes on the first round in the 2012 draft.

These two lists mark some of the highest positioning that Perry has seen on any mock drafts so far. Rang places Perry at No. 12 overall, sending him to the Seattle Seahawks in the first round. Neither Rang nor Brugler provide in-depth explanations of their mock draft selections, but Perry would fill a definite need that is reportedly at the top of Seattle's offseason "to-do" list.

Brugler, meanwhile, suggests that Perry might go to the San Diego Chargers with the No. 18 pick, which was a popular mock draft prediction early on in the NCAA offseason.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Perry Headed To New York Jets

Nick Perry certainly has the size, skill and athleticism to be a dynamic playmaker in the NFL. His numbers with the USC Trojans speak for themselves and many view him as a first round talent. While there are some questions surrounding his motor and technique, this latest mock draft from Mocking The Draft sees Perry going No. 16 overall to the New York Jets. Here is a breakdown:

16. New York Jets (8-8) - Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC - The Jets need to add a pass rusher to their defense and Perry is a fantastic prospect. His value is all over the place but I think he ends up being drafted in the top 20 so this is not really a reach.

The Jets have quite a few areas of their team they would like to improve upon, but their front-seven desperately needs to improve if Rex Ryan hopes to get back to the playoffs. The team could also opt to bolster their offensive line with the No. 16 pick, but it appears there may be slim pickings this late in the round.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Tennessee Titans Projected To Pick Nick Perry Of USC

Nick Perry had a fine junior season for the USC Trojans in 2011. He started all 12 games at defensive end and wreaked havoc with 9.5 sacks. His prospects for the upcoming NFL draft have seen him go from anywhere in the middle of the first round to the beginning of the second round, with his position ranging from defensive end to outside linebacker, in a 3-4 defensive system.

In the latest 2012 NFL mock draft at SB Nation, draft prognosticator Ryan Van Bibber projects the 6'3", 250-pound Perry to be picked No. 20 overall to the Tennessee Titans and be used at defensive end. "The Titans tried and failed moving Jason Jones to the outside. With Perry, they get someone who really knows how to get the quarterback," Van Bibber wrote. "They'll beef him up, and make another run at the AFC South while the Colts wait for Andrew Luck to hit his stride."

Perry's former Trojan teammate Matt Kalil is expected to be the top offensive lineman drafted, projected No. 3 overall by Van Bibber. USC has had 15 first-round picks in the NFL draft in the last nine years.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: USC Trojans DE Nick Perry Looking Like Solid Fit For Titans

As the 2012 NFL Draft approaches, more mock drafts and analysis are beginning to solidify. Particularly now that nearly all of the NCAA football players have announced their eligibility for the draft, the lists are beginning to take a slightly more uniform shape.

One of the more popular mock draft suggestions as of late has dealt with USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry. Many analysts have recently suggested that Perry would be selected No. 20 overall, which would have him going to the Tennessee Titans. Titans analyst Ryan Wittman of the mock draft website Draft Tek had this to say:

It's safe to say the Titans exceeded expectations in 2011. Though they didn't make the playoffs, they finished 9-7, which was much better than their last place 6-10 finish the year before, and they have no reason to not expect to be in the playoffs next year. They have a lot of pieces in place to build on for the future. However, one position where they need help is defensive end. The Titans finished 31st in the NFL with 28 sacks this season, and only 10 of those were from the defensive end position. Nick Perry is the best available defensive end, since for the first time in months, Quinton Coples has not been mocked to the Titans. Perry does not have the ideal size to play defensive end in a 4-3 defensive scheme at 6-3, 250, but if he can add some weight, and keep his explosiveness he'll be an absolute beast. He put up 9.5 sacks this past season at USC, and has the speed and talent to do the same in the NFL.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: USC Trojans Star DE Nick Perry Projected For Second Round

There is no denying the talent that USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry possesses. He features size, strength and an ability to be a disruptive pass rusher. While some have Perry projected somewhere in the back-end of the first round, the latest mock draft from Russ Lande does not and likely has him going early in the second round.

A 21-year old junior, Perry recorded 9.5 sacks this past season and came away with 55 tackles. He did not force any turnovers, although he burst onto the scene with a big second half against the Oregon Ducks on national TV. He has seen his name linked to the Seahawks, Packers, Ravens and Titans by various other mock drafts.

While he may have to wait a little longer than he would have originally liked, Perry projects to have a long, prolific career at the next level. As long as he puts the work in, a team will be getting a heck of a defensive end early in the second round.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Has Nick Perry To The Tennessee Titans

Nick Perry of the USC Trojans will be one of the top picks in the 2012 NFL Draft because he is among the best pure pass rushers available. Teams in the NFL that couldn't sack the quarterback will be making a go for Perry if he proves to be as good as he looks now.

Mel Kiper of ESPN puts Perry halfway in the first round, putting them 20th in the first round of the NFL Draft. Kiper has them going to the Tennessee Titans. "Tennessee's pass rush was really bad this season; the Titans got to opposing quarterbacks on just 4.52 percent of drop-backs, a rate that was 31st in the NFL," Kiper said. "Perry probably could add some bulk to his frame, but his instincts as a pass-rusher are in place and the Titans certainly need the help."

Indeed, the Titans definitely need to upgrade their pass rush, and it would make sense to get a dynamo weapon like Perry harassing opposing quarterbacks in the pocket.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Seattle Seahawks Take Nick Perry

The Seattle Seahawks are really interested in upgrading at specific spots in the NFL Draft, and what will be most critical is finding someone to give them punch in the pass rushing game. The Seahawks did manage 33 sacks last season, but they're still looking for someone to fit a particular role.

Nick Perry of the USC Trojans might just be the guy they use their first round pick on. Perry and Seahawks ehad coach Pete Carroll are already plenty familiar with each other, and he might work just perfectly in the system the Seahawks have in place. Rob Rang of CBS Sports has more.

Nick Perry, DE, Southern California: Having captured a full third of Seattle's 33 sacks in 2011, Chris Clemons has quietly emerged as one of the NFL's most productive pass rushers. His statistics are inflated due to the matchups presented by Seattle's LEO position, a hybrid pass-rushing role. Carroll recruited Perry to Southern Cal three years ago to fill precisely this role. The 6-3, 255-pound Perry led the Pac-12 with 9.5 sacks as a junior and may be just scratching the surface of his potential. Whether serving as a complement to Clemons or as his eventual replacement, Perry's speed and pass rushing potential will be highly valued come draft day.

Perry and Seattle seems like a good match on paper. Can't hurt to reunite Carroll with a fellow Trojan, can it?

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick Perry To Baltimore Ravens As 3-4 Linebacker

In case you haven't noticed, the Baltimore Ravens are a pretty good defensive football team. Their presence in the AFC Championship Game might alert you to that fact. But their offense needs a lot of fixing. You figure that the focus of Baltimore's draft this offseason will be on the offense to try and make them a more potent and complete team.

Still, why pass on a chance to make that defense even better?

In the latest mock draft by Draft Tek, the Ravens would upgrade their pass rush and pick up perhaps the best pure pass rusher in linebacker Nick Perry with the 29th pick. Here's their explanation for that decision.

Baltimore is a team with few needs but one place where they could use improvement would be to find another pass rusher. Terrell "T-Sizzle" Suggs is a great pass rusher and should have many more years ahead of him but they lack a real pass rushing threat opposite him. Sergio Kindle hasn't developed as they'd hoped as at OLB. Pernell McPhee and Paul Kruger are nice role players but both are too big to stand up as an OLB and have been forced to split time at DE. Baltimore hasn't had a true pass-rushing threat at OLB since Adalius Thomas left in 2007. Nick Perry projects as an ideal 3-4 OLB and is coming off a season where he had 9.5 sacks at USC and is one of the top pass rushers in this weak class.

Indeed, the Ravens didn't really get much pressure on T.J. Yates today in their divisional victory over the Texans, despite having great overall defense all game long. Perry would be a good upgrade to put right on the opposite of Terrell Suggs. It'd be pretty shocking to see him fall that far to Baltimore though.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Green Bay Packers Select Nick Perry

The Green Bay Packers have a chance to win the Super Bowl next year, but they are a flawed 15-1 team, particularly on the defensive side of the football. The Packers have been hemorrhaging touchdowns, as they've struggled to maintain pass rush and keep the defense going.

According to pick256 of Mocking the Draft, a pass rusher is of premium importance, and defensive end Nick Perry of the USC Trojans is their target. Perry is definitely one of the best (if not the best) pass rushers out there.

Green Bay needs some help up front, especially someone who can get to the QB. They could look at a 5-technique to slide in next to B.J. Raji but grabbing a guy like Perry to play opposite Clay Matthews is irresistible. Matthews saw a decline in his production this year as he faced more double teams than ever before, partly due to the ineffectiveness of Erik Walden. Perry was one of the top pass rushers in the nation in 2011 and should be able to make the conversion to OLB.

It's debatable as to whether Perry will be around this long on the draft board, but he'd definitely be a steal, and could join fellow Trojan Clay Matthews in providing an emphatic pass rush, with Perry going in and replacing the below-average Walden. Green Bay could end up winning a championship, but it doesn't de-emphasize how important defense will be for this team.

To discuss the NFL Draft, head to Mocking the Draft. To talk about Perry on the Packers, go to Acme Packing Company. To talk about Perry with USC fans, head to Conquest Chronicles.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Nick Perry Projected No. 20 Pick To Tennessee Titans

There are few defensive linemen in the 2012 NFL Draft as talented and gifted as USC defensive end Nick Perry. Armed with great technique, impressive athleticism for a player of his size (6'3, 250) and a great motor, just about everyone views Perry as a first round draft pick. As for where he might end up, the most recent SI.com mock draft has the junior out of USC heading to Tennessee.

20. Tennessee Titans -- Nick Perry, DE, USC
The Titans ranked 31st in the NFL with just 28 sacks last season. Perry had 9.5 sacks as a junior and could move up in the draft process as teams study his work at USC.

It will be interesting to see if Perry does indeed move up the draft boards, something that is pretty likely to happen given his potential to be a star at the next level. As for the Titans, in addition to defensive line help, the team could also look to draft a wide receiver in the first round to give Jake Locker a target down the field.

For more on the USC Trojans, head on over to Conquest Chronicles. Titans fans should head on over to Music City Miracles for continued coverage of the team.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Perry Projected As First Round Pick To San Diego Chargers

USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry made a name for himself in his junior season in 2011, providing a consistent pass rush all season. Perry decided to turn pro rather than return for his senior season, and it appears that decision will pay off. In the latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft at SB Nation, Perry is projected to be picked No. 18 in the first round to the San Diego Chargers.

Perry led the Trojans with 9.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in 2011, and started all 12 games. Perry started 22 games in his three years at USC and had 21.5 sacks. "Sacks were hard to come by for the Chargers this season, and they paid the price because of that," Ryan Van Bibber surmised at SB Nation. "Perry should start contributing right away in San Diego."

The last USC Trojan to be drafted by the Chargers in the first round was Junior Seau, who was picked No. 5 overall in 1990.

Perry would join Matt Kalil as potential first round picks for the Trojans. USC had one NFL first-round pick in 2011, as offensive lineman Tyron Smith was picked No. 9 overall by the Dallas Cowboys. USC has had 15 first-round picks in the last nine years.

For all news and information regarding Nick Perry and USC football, please visit Conquest Chronicles.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: USC Trojans DE Nick Perry Could Be Late First Round Pick For Packers

The 2012 NFL Draft is hurtling towards us at breakneck speed. The USC Trojans figure to be well-represented in the draft, specifically lineman Matt Kalil, who is one of the top three most highly-sought-after names in the entire draft. But defensive end Nick Perry is another Trojan who is evaluated highly. Most pundits anticipate Perry will be selected either late in the first round or early in the second.

Al Bracco at Drafttek predicts that Perry might very well be selected as the final pick of the first round of the NFL draft, which would make him the No. 32 overall pick and send him to the Green Bay Packers. Here's what Bracco has to say:

Green Bay's 15-1 record in 2011 masks a defense with severe deficiencies. Per NFL stats, they have the 30th ranked pass rush in the league. While the Packers defense has managed to survive thanks to turnovers and timely big plays, you can't always rely on that. Green Bay has a revolving door at ROLB, trying four different players there this season. While Vic So'oto has shown a few flashes in limited opportunities, he is a project that may or may not work out. As such, the Packers are still looking for the right player to compliment Clay Matthews, and Nick Perry fits the bill perfectly. The 2011 Pac-10 sacks leader, Perry plays with very good initial pad level and first-step burst. He needs to improve his upper body strength and develop some alternate pass rush moves, but he has speed and athletic ability you can't teach. A solid pick for the pass-rush deprived Packers.

Heaven knows that the Packers don't need much help on offense. If they had a weakness in the 2011 regular season, it was their tendency to let opponents into games that Green Bay should have run away with. Perry could be another impressive tool in their arsenal.

For all news and information regarding the USC Trojans, please visit Conquest Chronicles. For perspective on the Green Bay Packers, please visit Acme Packing Company.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: USC Trojans DE Nick Perry Could Wind Up With Chargers

The 2012 NFL Draft is still a good ways off, but fans, experts and evaluators continue to crunch the numbers and weigh all of the options in order to predict which team will select which player and in what order. It's a safe bet that this dissecting of the candidates is nothing compared to the analysis currently underway in the front offices of the 32 NFL franchises.

One of the young NCAA players getting a lot of attention is USC Trojans defensive end/outside linebacker Nick Perry. National Football Post has their latest mock draft up, which includes predicting that Perry will be selected in the first round. Their projection is that Perry will be the No. 18 overall pick, which would send him to the San Diego Chargers.

3-4 teams are always looking for talented pass rushers and Perry has the skill set to be an impact guy. He’s an explosive athlete with a good first step and sneaky power to his game. He’s a bit linear, but from a two-point stance he could mature into a real terror.

NFP is not the first source to suggest that Perry would go to the Chargers. If so, Southern California fans can rejoice knowing that at least one of their own will be staying close to home.

For all news and information regarding the USC Trojans, please visit Conquest Chronicles. To discuss the potential selection with San Diego Chargers fans, head on over to Bolts From the Blue.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: USC Trojans DE Nick Perry Could Wind Up With Chiefs

The USC Trojans may not have been eligible for a conference championship or a bowl game appearance this past season, but they are shaping up to be well-represented in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Trojans are expected to have at least one sure-fire pick in the first round, as left tackle Matt Kalil is projected by many to be selected as the second overall pick. Over at New NFL Draft, however, they are projecting another USC player will be selected in the first round.

More: Check out SB Nation's latest NFL mock draft.

Defensive end and outside linebacker Nick Perry, who was a pass rusher extraordinaire, is being predicted as the No. 11 overall selection, winding up on the Kansas City Chiefs. Here is what New NFL Draft has to say on the matter:

In this 2012 NFL mock draft the Kansas City Chiefs take a good defensive player to continue building on their already good defense. I previously had them taking a QB in this 2012 NFL Mock Draft and picking much higher but now they are out of the top 10 and the top tier QB's seem to all be gone. However, due to the fact that they keep winning games and I see a few more wins in their future I have moved them down in this 2012 NFL Mock Draft.

The site also ranks Perry as the No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2012 Draft.

For all news and information regarding the USC Trojans, please visit Conquest Chronicles. To discuss the possibility of Perry winding up as a Kansas City Chiefs player with other Chiefs fans, head on over to Arrowhead Pride.

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2012 NFL Draft: USC Trojans DE Nick Perry Decides To Go Pro

For the second consecutive day, the USC Trojans have lost another junior to the professional ranks. On Saturday, defensive end Nick Perry decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Perry joins offensive lineman Matt Kalil, who declared for the draft on Friday.

Perry helped the Trojans defense immensely in his junior season, leading the team with 13 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. In the latest mock NFL draft by SB Nation, Perry was not listed as a potential first round pick though both Kalil and quarterback Matt Barkley stand to be picked in the top 10. Barkley has yet to announce his decision.

As he was with Kalil, head coach Lane Kiffin was supportive of Perry in his decision to go pro. "We counseled Nick throughout his decision-making process and we stand behind him on this decision. His career progression at USC continued climbing to a point where he was ready to make the jump to the NFL," Kiffin said in a statement on Saturday. "He was an awesome pass rushing for us and he created havoc throughout the Pac-12 this year in a league that featured many of the nation's most dangerous passing offenses. He will be a valued addition to any NFL team and should be an attractive choice in the upcoming draft."

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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