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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.

For all news and information regarding the USC Trojans, please visit Conquest Chronicles. For updates and perspective on the Tennessee Titans, head on over to Music City Miracles. For lots more analysis on the 2012 NFL Draft, check out Mocking the Draft.