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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?

To discuss Perry on the Seahawks, head on over to Field Gulls. To check up on Perry on the Trojans, check out Conquest Chronicles. To discuss the NFL Draft in general, go on over to Mocking the Draft.