New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Profile: USC DE Nick Perry

By Jeff Shull

Welcome to the third part of the New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft profile series. Today we look at USC defensive end Nick Perry. Despite what many would have you believe, the possibility of Jerry Reese taking a pass rusher early is very high.

The Giants lost backup defensive end Dave Tollefson to the Oakland Raiders, and both Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka‘s contracts will be up at the end of this season.

Not only that, but Reese told reporters last month they could be looking to add a pass rusher early on in the draft. The Giants love to use four defensive ends on passing downs.

If Perry fell passed the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots I would be very surprised, but you never know what might happen on draft day. Some of the pass rushers ranked above Perry could fall with teams ahead of them reaching for players draft experts did not see coming. Similar to what happened with all the quarterbacks taken in the first round last year.

Perry is a monster off the edge and could immediately be a backup to Justin Tuck, and on passing downs could line up as the left defensive end with Tuck sliding inside.

He showed off tremendous athleticism at the combine, running a 1.57 10 yard split in the 40 and jumping a massive 38.5 inch vertical. That’s pretty ridiculous at 271 pounds.

Perry has elite pass rushing skills and an unrelenting motor. He is known to tire as the game goes on but he never quits on plays and is as aggressive as they come. His run defense and technique are both solid; he could improve in some areas such as strength and building more muscle mass as he is a bit undersized.

Here are what scouts have to say on Perry.

ESPN’s Todd McShay: 

Perry has good first-step quickness, quick and violent hands, strength at the point of attack against the run and potential as a pass-rusher 

Many teams will consider drafting Perry as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. As a sophomore and junior at USC he developed into an elite pass-rushing prospect, and has the size and athletic ability to be successful working against NFL tackles. He has late first-round value.

Despite most believing Perry fits better in a 3-4 scheme, he can play in a 4-3 and has stated had he would rather do just that. The Giants might have to move up in the first round to get him, but it would be worth it.

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