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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.

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