Nick Perry brings an intriguing skill set with him whenever he takes the field. While not overly fast nor athletic for an outside linebacker, he also isn't big enough to be an every-down defensive end. That may scare some teams away that run a prototypical defensive scheme, but not John Fox and the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos struck gold at the 2011 NFL Draft with Von Miller as he won the Rookie Of The Year. Now, armed with the 25th pick, the team is looking to take yet another pass rusher. The latest mock draft from FOX Sports has Denver taking Nick Perry in the first round:
25. Denver Broncos: Nick Perry, DE, USC: As a junior, Perry matured into a pass-rushing force, leading the Pac-12 in sacks and serving as the anchor on a young Trojans defensive line. Perry excelled in Monte Kiffin's pro-style defensive scheme and is the type of guy who can provide some pop right away.
There are some question marks over his decision to leave after just one year of greatness, but his stock can only go up with his Pro Day and individual team workouts over the next couple of months.
The Broncos D hit the jackpot with Von Miller a year ago; Perry could be another cornerstone for John Fox's 4-3 scheme.