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Packers get their pass rusher in Perry

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on April 26, 2012 – 9:41 pm

The Packers got their pass rusher and he’s from USC. Can Nick Perry do for the Packers’ defense what Clay Matthews did?

Perry, a blend of power and speed who lit up the scouting combine, was made the 28th pick of the draft on Thursday night. He immediately addresses the Packers’ desperate need for a pass rusher, following a season in which the Packers were last in the league in sacks per pass play.

The Packers selected Matthews out of USC in the 2009 draft and Matthews immediately became one of the pass-rush stars of the league. The hope is that Perry’s presence will help take the focus of offenses off Matthews and allow him to get back to his pass-rush form of 2010.

Perry led the Pac-12 in sacks last year with 9 1/2, and he had 21 1/2 sacks total in his three playing seasons.  An early entry in the draft, Perry redshirted as a freshman in 2008.  As a redshirt freshman in ’09, Perry led USC in sacks with eight. A native of Detroit, Perry is listed at 6-2 1/2, 271 pounds.

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111 Responses to “Packers get their pass rusher in Perry”

  1. By David Nora on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I am excited that Perry was still available for the Packers to pick here. Look out NFL, the USC bookends will be after your QB for the next decade!

  2. By Stiz on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Meh. Wanted Upshaw.

  3. By Russell on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Pretty big guy. Hopefully a good fit!

  4. By Kevin in VT on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    LOVE IT! OLB at USC, like Clay Matthews, fast – ran 4.5 – 40 yd dash, powerful, smart! He and Clay are really gonna help each other tons!! YAY, TED! HELL, YAAAA! GOOOO PACK!

  5. By Packer Jack on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    You cannot go wrong with a USC linebacker!!

  6. By ryan henneke on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Please help me understand why we passed up on Courtney Upshaw?

  7. By Travis on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Decent pick, just hope he ends up better than Upshaw

  8. By dunk on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    from what im reading Upshaw cant drop in coverage to save his life where as Perry is more than very good at it..no complaints from me…like the pick

  9. By swandog on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good, solid pick.
    Two SC boys on the anchors should do us well.
    You have to believe Clay will be coaching him up to help take some the attention away from himself.
    I just hope Nick will decide to committ himslf to 100% focus for the entire game.
    That was an issue the psst few years at SC. When he is hot, he is blistering hot!
    Gotta work that little bit of lazy out of him. It will happen.
    Good pick Ted.

  10. By Aaron Hernandez on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Quality player from elite program…In Ted we trust!

  11. By Bart on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Nick Perry is better than Upshaw. Surprised TT didnt trade later picks to trade down in the first round for Ingram. Ingram is by far the best OLB in draft.

  12. By ray rajuniec on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    open up that big can of whipass on the rest of the nfc north..good job t.t. startin out great .wont be at the bottom of the leauge in d. this year!go pack! go t.t. go mike go dom go all assistants…go as 1 team

  13. By casey on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    hope we find some help in the secondary next cause we sure need backup 2 of 4 need help so lets hope there is a “LEroy B” type out there just a thought or maybe steal colt anderson in trade for a future draft he can do the job misssed opportunity if we dont

  14. By Josh on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Love the pick. Obviously TT isnt alone on passing on Upshaw. Think Perry is an instant upgrade

  15. By Bryan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    @Ryan, same reason all the other teams with pass rush needs did. He is a forward only rusher, guess he isn’t too good in coverage.

    Love this pick! Go Pack Go!

  16. By Kevin on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I wanted the Pack to pick Upshaw. I don’t know why not. He played in the toughest conference in college at a high level. I hope Perry is worth it.

  17. By ryan henneke on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    ok cool thanks DUNK

  18. By jeremy heller on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    not a terrible pick thought we woulda went 4 upshaw but perry has some very gd positives fast strong hopefully will allow Clay 2 get less double and triple teams. GO PACK GO!!!!!

  19. By greengoldcrew on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    looks like a great draft pick, hope he is everything we need and more

  20. By Ty on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    YEAHHH!!!!!!!! Love this pick!!!!!! Nick Perry + Clay Matthews = USC-GB-WORLD DOMINATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha

  21. By opie318 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Because according to the Packers scouts and TT and our coach he is a better player than Upshaw. Man they watched the tapes, put in the hours and days and months, and are the best in the league. I will take their opinion over fans or even drafniks. LOVE THE PICK!!!

  22. By Marc on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Ted and the scout team have done nothing but build from the draft…. Those of you that think upshaw should have been our pick….. Have some faith…. TT is GM for a reason and you just a boob sitting on the couch on the computer. GO PACK GO! Have some faith in our front office!

  23. By Brad on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Has more speed and is more fluid at the OLB position than Upshaw I love the pick

  24. By John-John on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Upshaw did not run at the combine and ran poorly at bama’s pro day,something is not quiet right with him?
    Plus Perry maybe be stronger than upshaw,he has a motor like Matthews.
    Its a solid pick

  25. By michael on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    we passed on Courtney Upshaw for the same reason all the other teams did…he is big and powerful, but he is slow…has weak lateral movement, and is mostly a run-stuffer…which is not what we need. Teams will continue to double-team matthews because Upshaw is a bull-rusher who will be easier to contain by NFL caliber LT’s than will be the quicker, more athletic Perry. Also, because Upshaw is built for power, he will have trouble covering tight ends and with coverage in general…that is why we chose Perry. How many drafts has TT let us down with??? Trust the guy for god’s sake…

  26. By Mac McCauley on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good Pick In Nick pery , but baffle on why we did not move up in the darfet earlier

  27. By JD on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Perry is faster and longer than Upshaw. Not many people think that Upshaw has the physical tools to play outside in a 3-4. Perry is 271 and ran a 4.5 TWICE at the combine. Dude is fast and strong, only question is his motor/desire. IF he plays with half the chip on his shoulder that Matthews does then we got ourselves a great pick!!!

  28. By neil madisen on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Upshaw is a 4-3 end. Hes not fast enough and doesnt have the hips for to play 3-4 rush backer. Perry was a better fit. Value happened to meet need. Great pick up.

  29. By Paul on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Upshaw is slow not great tech. either.

    Perry is big fast.

  30. By Thomas on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    this is a fantastic pick i have been watching perry for 3 weeks now and i know he will be a sure thing. im excited about this!

  31. By Joel on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Ryan’s comment above. How do you pass on Courtney Upshaw? He wasn’t supposed to be there for the Packers. I am surprised.

  32. By michael on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Instead of worrying about why we didn’t pick Upshaw…start trying to figure out who the h*** is gonna play FS for us next year…no more good S prospects in the draft…plenty of CB’s though…wonder if this is the year Woodson moves to safety…

  33. By jackson on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    the reasons are simple as to why we didn’t pick upshaw…for starters, he isn’t as athletically explosive as perry (only 27 inch vertical, which is terrible for a linebacker) also, he is too heavy footed in pass coverage…and from what I’ve read, he interviewed terrible and came across as dumb and unintelligent

  34. By Robert Huebner on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good solid pick. We may still have a shot at Upshaw. We need speed first then steady as you go.

  35. By Josh H on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Curious what the Packer/USC fans think about Perry… I’d be willing to listen considering having seen Cobb at UK I knew he’d be a game changer. Thoughts?

  36. By Josh on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    We really messed up not picking Harrison Smith. I understand the need for a pass rusher but we could have addressed that in the second round. Good luck finding someone to play FS in the coming seasons. This will come back to haunt us, Smith was the pick here.

  37. By Kal on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    OH No Perry looks just likes jamal reynolds same size and everything Im sick to my stomach, lol

  38. By Kevin in VT on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Perry can play the run outside, with very good lateral movement, much better as well. Got to coach him up, Clay! And at his size & quickness, he can stuff TE’s and run with them as needed! GREAT PICK!

  39. By Lynn Fairbanks on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Check this out–Iowa transplant living in So Cal and one who did his graduate work at—UCLA!–but still like this pick. Saw too much of Perry against my Bruins–now want him to do the same against opponents, especially NFC North! Good luck, Nick!

  40. By Jim on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I live in California and do not like SC. I am a big Cal fan (Go Bears) and have fallen in love with the Pack since Rogers got there. However SC does produce great linebackers and I think this is a great pick.

  41. By Scott on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    That’s just great! If you play him at OLB, he’s 20 lbs to heavy. If you play him at DE in a 3/4, he’s 20 lbs to light. Instead of moving up for a player that could really help, like everybody seemed to be doing, you sat there at #28 and picked a stiff! Congrats.

  42. By Kal on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    About the same spot in the draft too! Besides we have a great history of busts I would have taken smith the saftey or martin running back

  43. By Bill on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Was thinking maybe could go to Safety also.
    We’ll be in the hunt for another Lombardi.
    Go Pack !

  44. By tberres2 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I really hope he can transition to a stand-up LB from DE. Does he have the skills to drop into coverage if that’s needed occasionally? No way we can bring 5 every time we’re in 3-4.

  45. By Scott on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    At 271 lbs, he isn’t going to be running with any TE’s, including those TE’s that are just used for blocking.

  46. By Kal on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I like his size at backer he moves well but hes a bit of a slacker

  47. By Josh on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hahahaha, yes previous Josh. I’m sure TT has no plan in mind for solving our Safety issues. Thinking ahead and making picks definitely aren’t TT’s strong suits. In TT we trust.

  48. By Scott on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Why didn’t you pick the OT from Stanford, Martin? I guess you think Newhouse, with his 11 and 1/2 sacks allowed in 8 games, will be fine.

  49. By Nathanael Heil on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Really excited to see what Nick Perry will do. I kinda was hoping that the packers would pick him.

  50. By Rickie on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Could have taken SS Harrison from Notre Dame or Peter Konz C Wisconsin . Minnesota traded up after GB passed on Harrison and grabbed him . Konz will be a 10+ yr starter at Center and he plays guard . Sorry , dont like this pick but I hope he turn out to be good or at least servicable………..

  51. By Reggie on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Ted – PLEASE trade up to get Courtney Upshaw! It will be just like the Raji/Mathews draft. Perry & Upshaw would rock! A great value in the second round. We don’t need 12 picks anyway…

    That’s all I want for Christmas Ted. That and for Scott Walker to keep his job :)

  52. By Joe on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    This was the best pick possible. It could not get better than this. When the quarterback is running for his life instead of having 5 to 7 secounds to throw will make all the difference.

  53. By Tim on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I’m interested in seeing Perry vs. McClellin twice a year. It would be great after all the speculation and mock drafts about these two players, Perry ends up having a bigger impact in the NFL, especially in the NFC North… thoughts?

  54. By Josh on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    4.5 40. I think he can run with TE’s.

  55. By stan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go PACK.. QB’s beware they are coming for u lol

  56. By Tim on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    remember folks, he is a huge upgrade from Eric Walden. His size and strengths indicate that the packers plan on using 5 often to rush the passer in non nickel formations. I have a feeling he’ll be red hot by the later part of the season as he gets accustomed to the game speed and technique in chasing NFL quarterbacks…

  57. By Jay on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Perry played at 258 lbs at USC. Put on extra weight for the combine as he thought he would be drafted as a DE. He can drop the weight.

    Also, we don’t need a FS. That’s Burnett’s position. We need more of a SS type to take Peprah’s place.

  58. By Tom I on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Why do you want Upshaw?

  59. By Zach on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    To all of those Packers fans wondering about Upshaw, by the sounds of it, Upshaw was seen more as a 4-3 defensive end because he could not drop into coverage as a linebacker. Vic described him as a one-way only guy.

  60. By EMpackman on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I was very skeptical about Perry, he runs cold and hot! Following his stats, information, videos, and reading info from other sports writers is that the one concern is that he is somewhat small. He had a great combine but could become a Mike Mamuala, he has a lot of lazy tendicies and doesn’t want to put the effort in. I hope this is not true and TT, and ClayMatthews can make him a great pass rusher, and. Get rid of Perry’s laziness! For the rest of the draft we definitely need a good safety, and corner back to beef up our defense! GO PACK GO!

  61. By jeremy heller on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply


  62. By Austin on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    well i was hopin for upshaw but who knows im not the GM T.T is lets see how the duo from USC duse

  63. By ROBT on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Satisfied with the pick, perry has some speed that will definetly help our defensive issues, and remember the real gold is found in the later rounds of the draft, there are still plenty of good defensive players to get, im thinking TT will start wheeling and dealing around the second or third rounds. GO PACK GO!!!

  64. By John Enz on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Tedhas done nothing but make great choices in the draft perry is a home run hit trust me when I say dom capers will make him a a pro bowl player he a great fit in the 3 4 perry is a great pick and deserves to play for the greatest football team in the nfl THE GREEN BAY PACKERS from all of us that r ture packers fans welcome u nick perry cant wait to for the season to star to c what u can do now its time for the PACK to get back doing what we do best KICKING ASS

  65. By Jay on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I though it was Mehh, he looked slow in those videos, not nearly as fast as Clay M… oh well lets hope he does well. Even though we did not need RBs there were some great ones on the cheap because most teams drafted defiensive players :S

  66. By Andy on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Reading that Nick Perry has been compared favorably to Brian Orakpo, Pro Bowler for the ‘Skins. I’ll take that any day of the week.

  67. By Eric on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Nice work TT! Good Pick in Perry. Now find a safety or CB next round. If we don’t get a defensive back then I say sign Jim Leonard in place of Nick Collins. Leonard is a Wisconsin boy and would be a great replacement for Nick Collins.

  68. By Paul on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    have to get a strong DE now and then the corner saftey issues will be much less of an issue for now.

    Get the push up the middle (cullen jenkins) and matthews and perry will clean up on the c gap and some b gap as well.

    woodson and burnett safties, shields and tramon at corner.

    Super bowl again score 35 per game and give up 15 per game with this new alignment.

  69. By michael on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Scott…you are a moron…”20 lbs too heavy to play OLB, 20 lbs too light to play DE” I love how he is 20 lbs too heavy to play OLB but still managed to run a 4.5 forty yrd dash, and also had top scores in the 20 yrd shuttle…if ANYTHING he is considered undersized to play the Sam linebacker…many people had him as a top 15 pick. In 3 seasons at USC he had 21 1/2 sacks, including leading the PAC10 twice…so lets see, a 250 lb OLB that runs a 4.5, has great lateral movement, collapses the pocket with natural pass-rushing instincts, and has the strength to seal the outside on run plays…if he’s a stiff give me 10 more just like him…idiot!

  70. By haevs6 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Think TT got hosed by NE w/ hightower…..again not willing to 2 move up…….tale note what our 4th round pick (not comp) will give us down the road…. hopefully we move up in the 2nd….

  71. By RobB on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Eric, I too am excited about Nick Perry playing opposite Matthews. Good call on Jim Leonhard, I think he would make a great fit at SS if they don’t move Woodson there. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the draft & then the 2nd chapter of free agency goes. Go Pack! In Ted Thompson & his scouts we trust!

  72. By Mike on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Pretty sure that’s a picture of USC wide receiver George Farmer, who also wears number 8

  73. By haevs6 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    TT will say best player available……your balance of drafts between oofense and defense caused our early playoff lost in ’11……keep going Defense and move up in the 2nd!!!!

  74. By Uncle Bob on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Great comments Michael, regarding the measurables of Perry. Woodson can slide over to SS, they have been talking about that for two years. Would not be surprised to see them trade up to try to grab Knoz, but who knows? Great pick here and I sure do trust TT and the mgt team.

  75. By Thomas on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Great pick for the Pack. Perry can drop 15 pounds easily, which will make him more energetic and quicker. Mathews and Kevin Green will coach him up to be ready to make a huge impact.

    One of the most important attributes of any LB is his hips. Nick is fluid.

    Besides, don’t try to tell me you thought Clay Matthews was going to be an all pro when TT picked him. He had started only one year at USC….

    Ted knows what the is doing. Go Pack!

  76. By a.cox on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    darn. vikings get harrison

    wamp wamp waaaaaaaa!

    o well.

    perry is gonna have a opportunity to punish the vikings later. and rogers is gonna make harrison look silly.

    should be a good year for some football!

  77. By michael on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    And actually Jay…Morgan played FS last year but I think he was playing out of position. I may be wrong but I think he is a natural SS…moving over because he was the best option…with Collins gone now they obviously can grab either FS or SS…but I think their preference would be to grab a good coverage FS and move morgan back to SS where he is more comfortable. Unfortunately, there are no good prospects for EITHER position left in the draft…so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them draft from the wealth of CB’s and either move them to safety, or move Woodson since he is getting to that age where it is difficult for him to stay step-for-step with the elite receivers.

  78. By ROBT on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Not to sure about replacing nick collins will go, that might take awhile , but as long as we have a good pass rush the players we have we have in the secondary will definetely come through, Morgan, Tramon, Charles,Sam ,and maybe even Charlie Peprah, should definetly have a better season than they had last season. Go PACK GO!!!

  79. By Vang on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Great draft pick packs! It seems as if he plays ‘better’ at rushing, according to his videos. Great combination with Clay.

  80. By haevs6 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    hope he is better than expected…..not another harrell of partick lee for an early pick…..go get a ss or de in the 2nd and move up if needed…….

  81. By Chris on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    We didn’t pick Upshaw bc Upshaw is better fit as a DE in a 4-3. We want an OLB for a 3-4…why is that so hard for people to understand? Besides, I think Perry is an excellent pick and value at 28, only other player I Might take over him was Ingram, and it would only be bc of his ranking. Perry looks like he will be better, especially with a year or two experience. On a side note, I think Bruce Irvin will be a boss, knew he was going to go first round.

    Love the pick, great job guys!!!

  82. By Gdog on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Nick Perry is worthy choice….I love the USC connection
    with Clay Mathews…bad dogs on the run…look out Jay Cutler!

  83. By Displaced Packer Fan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Why pass on Upshaw? His combine numbers stunk, he had all of 16.5 sacks in 50 games. Sure he only became a full time starter his junior year, but really those numbers aren’t great, there is a lot of tape on him and as an edge rusher he really wasn’t a great prospect.

    For those worried about Perry being able to cover TE’s. While 40 yard dash isn’t everything, Jermichael Finley who is widely considered one of the top TE’s in the league and one of the quicker TE’s in the league ran a 4.83 in the 40 at the combine. Perry was a 4.64. Also as noted, while he was 20 lbs heavier than Matthews, he put on weight for the combine, if the Packers want him to drop it, he can.

    Some metrics ( http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2012/sackseer-2012 ) actually rate Perry as the top edge rushing prospect in this draft. I don’t think he was personally but I think he was the best option left.

    While I think what they needed most was a 5-technique on the D-Line there really aren’t many good ones in the draft this year, we have to hope that Neal’s use of PEDs to heal the injury worked and that he fulfills his potential after the 4 game suspension, or that Lawrence Guy comes off IR and has developed enough (he was a raw prospect taken late last year in the hopes he would develop in a couple of years). While I think that Perry will help supply more pressure and has the ability to play with his hand on the ground in the 4-3-4 nickle package that we still use at times, I still worry that there won’t be enough inside pressure to mess up the pocket enough to keep QB’s from just being able to climb the ladder up the middle to avoid the outside pressure.

    I’d like to see another safety and a cornerback taken, there are still some decent ILB prospects I wouldn’t mind seeing, another late round development DL (like Guy), wouldn’t mind seeing them grab Russel Wilson in the 4th if he is still there to play back-up for Rodgers (GB has the offensive skill to utilize Wilson like the Saints do with Brees).

    Just happy to have some some more football activity again.

  84. By Chris on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    And I must agree with michael, scott is an idiot. No idea what he is talking about, just another immediate-gratification-seeking fan complaining that we didn’t lose picks to trade up and draft a bust.

  85. By Juls on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    why do some of u guys keep saying that the pack need a SS burnett plays SS and collins played FS so we need a FS in the draft

  86. By Uncle Bob on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    from the above website re UPSHAW as noted :

    An even bigger concern is Upshaw’s miserable pro day. Upshaw ran his forty in 4.74, which is below average, and his jumps (27″ for his vertical, and 9’1″ for his broad) were far worse. Upshaw’s workout prompted me to take a look back at some of the scouting reports for those edge rushers who had low explosion indices but still managed to sack the quarterback at a high level in the NFL: Darren Howard, Terrell Suggs, Tamba Hali, and Jason Pierre-Paul. (Note: Suggs’ college production was so unreal that he ended up with a high SackSEER projection despite his poor pro day). To a man, every single one of those prospects was praised in pre-draft scouting reports for either his speed and quickness or explosion off the line. Accordingly, the anecdotal evidence suggests not that these players succeeded despite poor explosion, but rather, that they had above-average explosion, but for whatever reason their explosion did not translate into workout measureables. As for Upshaw, the conventional wisdom on his explosiveness is highly ambivalent. Try Googling “Courtney Upshaw” and “explosion” and you get a mixed bag of those praising Upshaw’s ability to fire off the line and those that identify his explosion as a major weakness.

  87. By Rebecca on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, so many people on here are smarter than Ted, Mike and all the scouts. I wonder why they weren’t in the war room. Whatever could Mark Murphy be thinking, letting Ted pick. Come on people, trust the man. Oh and Reggie, your Christmas is going to stink. The job loser is going to lose his job.

  88. By forest on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Nick Perry will be a stud, honestly don’t understand how anyone can dispute this pick. Didn’t think he would drop, raw athleticism with talent, Kevin Greene will make him a gem. He put on an extra 20lbs of lean muscle in all those pictures you see of him at combine, and then he ran a 4.58, led all defensive linemen in broad jump, vertical jump, and pumped out 35 bench press reps. His strength and length concerns were regarding his ability as a 4-3 DE, really don’t see a lot of cons with this kid but work ethic. But, with the best defensive coaching staff in the league, he will be motivated plenty.

  89. By michael on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I would actually guess the Packers are going to select Crick(DE-NEB) in the second if he is available…I personally wouldn’t mind seeing them take Dennard(CB-NEB) or Fleming(CB-OKLA) with the next pick…then if Taylor(S-LSU) is still available in the 3rd maybe taking a chance on him. As much as all my Wisc peeps want to see R. Wilson in a Packer uniform, I don’t see TT doing it. TT does not care about fan favorites or sentimental picks…he picks guys that fit his system and guys he thinks can impact the team. As much as I love Wilson…I’d rather him go to a team where he will have opportunity, rather than watching him waste away on our bench. Watch for Wolfe(DE-Cinc) late in the draft as well…he could be a nice sleeper.

  90. By haevs6 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Always have 2 look 3-4 years done the road….How will Justin Harrell and Mike Neal, Patrick lee and Brian Brohm be 3-4 years from now.. …..oh yea’ my bad!!!!

  91. By Justin on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    love the pick! so athletic and fast. now trade our 2nd round pick and 4th round pick and move up in the 2nd to get worthy or still. our def would be unbelievable then.

  92. By a.cox on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    yall writing your apologeeez yet?

    hes gonna be lined up against two of the nfl top TE in Davis and Graham in the first four games of his nfl carreer at some point.

    he gonna have primetime spotlight 5 games!!

    its alot of pressure. this guy is gonna need support if he is gonna be the defensive rookie of the year.
    im listing him as one of my prospects.


  93. By Edward on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    great pick, i was hoping they could get shea mcclellin but bears just had to get him…gives me one more reason to hate them haha. love the perry pick and everyone forget upshaw hes a bigger draft bust possibility than perry so give it a rest.

  94. By a.cox on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    @edward. mclellan is a badass. but is just too small for our needs. good compliment for urlacher. check out their numbers in the bench press.

    I KNOW you remember that blount run last year. it plays on like 20 tvs in every wal mart across the nation.

    Perry is gonna make sure that doesnt happen again.

  95. By Bill on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Good Pick ! / Hope he keeps weight right @ 269 lb. !!! & not more !!! :-)

  96. By Reese Barrick on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Perry has the best speed/strength/size of any of the tweeners. Like Clay Matthews coming out of SC, he hasn’t nearly hit his ceiling and he had 9.5 sacks last season. !0 lbs bigger than McClellin and yet faster, stronger and more explosive. He also has dropped into coverage in college. Will be a much much better pro than Upshaw. I think he was the second best 3-4 OLB prospect in the draft and we didn’t have to trade up to get him! AWESOME!
    Now lets trade up tomorrow and get a big DL..Jerel.Worthy!

  97. By Ryan Z on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Good pick with Perry but I was actually high on DE Chandler Jones.

  98. By Dave on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    very good pick. I saw one guy here claiming Perry was 20 lbs too heavy to play DE, 20lbs too light to play OLB. The guy ran a 4.53 40 while weighing 270 lbs. If you wanted Upshaw, he’s just a tad bigger, and MUCH slower, cannot move laterally like Perry can, etc. And moving up to get McClellin, Ingram, Irvin, etc, would mean giving up some of Friday’s picks. No way. That could mean sacrificing players like Burnett, Nelson, Jennings, Finley. NOW WAY.

  99. By Steve on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Love this pick! Im glad that need and value both met! Hopefully TT can pick up a FS or corner in the second round. I would even settle for Konz or another pass rusher. Go Pack Go! In Ted we trust.

  100. By hawk1982 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    As the old saying goes “defense wins championships”. That being said, if Konz is still available when we pick then I would probably pull the trigger on him. We do need a center but we don’t need any more RB’s, we very seldom use the ones we have!

  101. By hawk1982 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Pick Konz in the second round I meant to say!

  102. By David Nora on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Upshaw is dropping for a reason – too slow to play outside linebacker in NFL. Now comes the second round pick – would be awesome if Worthy or Crick slides to 59. GB fixes their front seven in two picks!

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  104. By dolanswelding on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    can’t believe the packers drafted Nick Perry. This is exactly who they needed! This guy is going to be a sack machine!

  105. By Mike on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t understand why so many people are bashing the Pack for not trading down year after year. Why are they always in situations to trade down? Cause there at the end of the draft. Superbowl Champs in 2010, and 15-1 last year with almost all drafted talent. Stop the nonsense.

  106. By Dizzy Dustin on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’m liking Perry over Upshaw! It’s gonna get nasty this year. Mathews and Perry. Best bookends in the league.

  107. By PackAttack on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    We addressed the OLB with a solid pick now lets think safety/cb menzie from BAMA can play either. We HAVE to get a guy that can play safety with the loss of Collins. We also need an explosive back hopefully we can snag LaMichael James with some pick swapping

  108. By wiscopackder on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Alabama’s entire Defense was stacked so individual players may look better than they are. Upshaw may very well be good. Zero complaints with Perry. Happy. Plus he knows a little about the queens draft pick.

  109. By GOPACKGO83 on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Packers didn’t pick Upshaw b/c he’s struggles to drop into coverage. Perry is a better fit for the 3-4. 2nd round, Packers need to a young safety, and after that a Center in the 3rd rd. GO PACK GO

  110. By Marty on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I would say keep fixing that D-Line with the next pick… we do need some help in the secondary, but what makes corners and safeties look good is when the defensive line gets opposing QBs off their game. Nick Perry is an excellent pick to start that goal…

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