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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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