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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