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Packers take Nick Perry with 28th pick

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The Packers went back to the same place they got Clay Matthews to add some pass rush to their defense.

With the 28th pick of the first round, the Packers selected USC defensive end/linebacker Nick Perry. Perry showed speed, strength and explosiveness at the combine, something that went very nicely with the 9.5 sacks he picked up as a Trojan last season. He picked those sacks up playing the same position as Matthews, so it would seem the Packers are hoping lightning strikes twice.

Perry’s addition addresses a problem that really hampered the Packers in their playoff loss to the Giants. They couldn’t put any pressure on Eli Manning, leaving their secondary exposed for big gains down the field. Perry is a good piece to bring in to help rectify the issue as he can play across from Matthews and keep blockers from training all of their focus on one side of the field.

The big question will be if Perry, who weighed 270 last season, will be able to play outside linebacker. If he can’t, he could be limited to situational pass rushing duty.

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35 Responses to “Packers take Nick Perry with 28th pick”
  1. outlawshark says: Apr 26, 2012 10:45 PM

    There are butts puckering everywhere.

  2. textexington says: Apr 26, 2012 10:49 PM

    SUPERBOWL XLVII CHAMPS! Write it down son! Go Pack Go!

  3. jimmysee says: Apr 26, 2012 10:51 PM

    I expect Clay Matthews and Kevin Greene will be speaking to Nick tonight.

  4. scoops1 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:52 PM

    hope this pick works out….he did say that he prefers playing in a 4-3

  5. thejuddstir says: Apr 26, 2012 10:54 PM

    Perry has a history of weight problems, kind of surprised the pack reached for him at this pick.

  6. packfaninchitown says: Apr 26, 2012 10:56 PM

    Nice pick Ted, may have wanted Upshaw more but as always In Ted We Trust…

  7. glastron1 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:09 PM

    Another Jamal Reynolds? I hope not!

  8. finley88thebeast says: Apr 26, 2012 11:09 PM

    hope this works out…would have preferred upshaw but wishing for the best….welcome to Green Bay Nick Perry

  9. thepvyharvin says: Apr 26, 2012 11:10 PM

    Guy likes to eat,,,going to Wisconsin,,,you do the math Flounder

  10. zzr600guy says: Apr 26, 2012 11:11 PM

    great pick for the Packers. I would’ve been happy with Perry or Upshaw, but Perry has more athleticism and a higher ceiling. Now we have Trojans rushing from each side!

  11. vikescry1 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:11 PM

    it’s hard to go against TT but i’d rather have upshaw here. imo, but then again i’m just a armchair qb.

  12. noeffinway says: Apr 26, 2012 11:15 PM

    packfaninchitown says: Apr 26, 2012 10:56 PM

    Nice pick Ted, may have wanted Upshaw more but as always In Ted We Trust…
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    LOL…..Not always. i remember a time not that long ago when all u cheeseheads were calling for Ted’s head.

    About this Perry kid? He gonna bust without a doubt.

  13. omegaichiban says: Apr 26, 2012 11:16 PM

    The Packers got a bad case of “I can’t catch balls I catch in my sleep regularly”

  14. shaggytoodle says: Apr 26, 2012 11:22 PM

    I think it will be ok, he may have prefered 4-3 but Capers likes to mix things up and give different looks, so hopefully this leads to confusion and mismatches next season.

    Don’t forget the Packers still have 11 picks left.

  15. outlawshark says: Apr 26, 2012 11:26 PM

    thejuddstir says:Apr 26, 2012 10:54 PM

    Perry has a history of weight problems, kind of surprised the pack reached for him at this pick.
    __________________

    Two words. Kevin Greene.

  16. gpack22 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:27 PM

    This is exactly what Ted needed to do, a legit threat on the other side. Having that USC tie should be beneficial.

  17. longhairdontcare66 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:45 PM

    So happy about the pick- great pass rusher, and strong against the run. Now we need to add depth to the d-line and d-backs.

  18. packfaninchitown says: Apr 27, 2012 12:01 AM

    LOL…..Not always. i remember a time not that long ago when all u cheeseheads were calling for Ted’s head.
    ________________________________
    That was just the Favre sycophants, many of us approved of and supported Ted from the beginning.

  19. mrninetysixchamps says: Apr 27, 2012 12:15 AM

    The reason he is a better pick than Upshaw is that he can cover. This free’s up Clay to go HAM on the QB. Get Kendall Reyes tomorrow and this could be a top 15 D again

  20. pkrlvr says: Apr 27, 2012 12:17 AM

    packfaninchitown, there were many people calling for TT’s head long before the Favre debacle. Way to work in a shot though…..

  21. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Apr 27, 2012 12:30 AM

    LOL. all the chubby cheese butted packers thinking this was a smart pick. BAHAHAHHAAHAHHAH.

    milwaukee best chug chug

  22. markpacker says: Apr 27, 2012 12:41 AM

    Terrific pick

    Ted Thompson is the best.

  23. karlpk says: Apr 27, 2012 1:04 AM

    He has great speed 4.59 in the 40 and he’s 271, he benched 225 pounds 35 times and had a 38.5″ vertical leap. That kind of athleticism is what you want in an LB – right?
    I think coverage will be something he has to learn.
    With that kind of size and speed he should be fun to watch. As always, we’ll see. I certainly trust Ted’s evaluations of players over the the various analyses you get for free everywhere. Eleven more picks!

  24. tangysizzl says: Apr 27, 2012 1:55 AM

    Between Upshaw and Perry, Perry is the longer more explosive athlete.

    Nick Perry
    35 reps of 225
    38.5 inch vertical jump
    1o’ 4″ broad jump
    4.64 40
    1.57 10 yrd split
    4.66 short shuttle
    7.25 3 cone drill

    Career stats 3 yrs Junior

    104 Tackles
    26.5 tackles for loss
    21.5 Sacks
    5 FFs

    Courtney Upshaw
    22 reps at 225
    27 inch Vertical
    9’1″ Broad Jump
    4.74 40
    1.67 10 yrd split
    4.60 short shuttle
    7.32 3 cone drill

    Career stats 4yrs Senior

    141 Tackles
    36.5 Tackles for loss
    17.5 Sacks
    7 FFs
    2 TDs 1 INT 1 Fumble recovery.

    Capers and Greene helped TT decide to go with the better athlete in Perry and thats just fine with this Packer fan.

  25. what da says: Apr 27, 2012 1:58 AM

    Who Cares? The Pack Queen Blows… Rogers Discount Double Choke in the playoffs…. best 15-2 team ever. HA .. Ha..

  26. billh1947 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:49 AM

    Now that the Packers have a Trojan on both ends they are well protected.great pick.

  27. zappa69 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:55 AM

    What a waste of a 1st round pick. Packers will be at the top of the heap this year but will fail again when playing a complete team. Packers need to make better decisions on defensive personnel.

  28. hscorpio says: Apr 27, 2012 8:35 AM

    A nice healthy dose of mocking the Pack’s choice. I’d be worried if everyone was saying it was a good one. Pete Prisco gave the Pack a “C”. He gave the same grade to the Pack’s choice of Clay Matthews. I hope he ends up with just as much egg on his face this time around.

    I don’t focus on names, pre-draft. As Brian Bilick says “nobody knows anything”. But I sure am happy to get a pass rushing OLB early. Now we get to see if Nick Perry can play at the NFL level.

  29. linemanguy74 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:40 PM

    Don’t forget how great the defense was last year have done nothing to improve it and found out that arena football does not work in the play offs

  30. mvp43 says: Apr 27, 2012 2:05 PM

    zappa69 says:
    Apr 27, 2012 7:55 AM
    What a waste of a 1st round pick. Packers will be at the top of the heap this year but will fail again when playing a complete team. Packers need to make better decisions on defensive personnel.

    ——————————————

    I’m not even a Packer fan and this statement qualifies as one of the stupidest I’ve ever heard.

  31. dwhitehurst says: Apr 27, 2012 3:48 PM

    Gotta pause with this Perry, taking a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude. Somewhat similar to Bruce Irvin’s situation:

    At best, in a couple years Perry develops into a complete 3/4 OLB (e.g., at least ‘sufficiently’ covering TE’s which few if any 3/4 OLB’s do excellently), that is, after dropping down to the 255pnd range, gaining some lateral agility, and getting coached up by Kevin Greene. If this happens, he was worth a first-round pick.

    At worst, after a couple years, Perry proves to be no more than just a 3rd down pass rush specialist, with both the speed and the size/upper-body strength to not get as rag-dolled by OTs as our other ROLB’s have woefully been. If this is all he ends up being, he wasn’t worth a 1st rnd pick, but I wouldn’t declare that to be a bust. (More in the A.J. Hawk category of something between a boom and a bust.)

  32. stavreafavre says: Apr 27, 2012 4:21 PM

    *ONE* pick and the Packers are in the Super Bowl, or more popularly here, doomed. Gee… I don’t think so. A long way to go, and Thompson does his best work in the lower rounds anyway. Hope to see him get a DE, S, CB, and OL in his next few picks. Then we’ll see.

  33. stellarperformance says: Apr 27, 2012 5:00 PM

    I would love to see this guy become an instant difference-maker, but logic dictates wait-and-see. It’s funny how few #1 picks actually materialize into #1 performers. The true sign of a good draft is the sleepers that show up late and surprise everybody. That’s what I am waiting to see (fingers crossed.)

  34. vikescry1 says: Apr 27, 2012 6:17 PM

    when i said i’d rather have upshaw it was because perry seems to want to play in a 4-3 more. if he can learn how to cover, and be willing to play standing up the i’ll be happy. really only time will tell.

  35. packerfanfordecades says: Apr 27, 2012 8:01 PM

    Ted’s philosphy has been to take the best talent available regardless of what position he plays. So, it’s a very happy outcome to have that strategy snare a bookend for Clay.

    Yeah, who knows if he’ll be in Clay’s class. We won’t know right away … I took more than half a season for Clay to emerge.

    But …. imagine what happens if Nick Perry is in Clay’s class. That will be fun to watch. That will force some early throws and make our secondary look better. It will make Clay better. If you double team both outside LB’s then you get pressure up the middle …. makes it much easier to slip a blitz through the middle.

    Here’s hoping that Green Bay’s last defensive play of next February’s Super Bowl is a joint/simultaneous sack of the AFC QB on a failed desperation 4th and 14 conversion attempt. Go Pack Go !!

    .

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