2012 Scouting Report: Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC


This is our Nick Perry Scouting report. Nick Perry is an emerging talent for the USC Trojans in 2011. For all of our other scouting reports you can click on this link


6’3 271 pounds, 33″ arms, 9.5″ hands

4.64 40 yard dash, 35 bench press reps, 38.5 vertical, 124″ broad jump, 7.25 3 cone drill, 4.66 20 yard shuttle


2011 Season: 

Tackles For Loss
GSacksSack YardsSacks/G
Misc. Defense
GPasses Broken UpQB HurriesFumbles ForcedKicks/Punts Blocked

Career: (through 11/8/2011)

Games: 34

Tackles: 92

TFL: 26

Sacks: 18

FF: 4


Three Year Starter

Good coaching (Been coached by Monte Kiffin for 2 seasons_

Elite speed and explosion off stance

Surprising Strength

Position versatility

Performs well in big games

Uses his hands well

Has a nice swim move

Fluid athlete, enough athleticism to learn to play coverage at the N.F.L level



Struggles when run at

Does not force many fumbles

Inconsistent production

Relegated to a 34 defense due to his size

injury history

needs more strength

needs to develop more moves, especially ones to counter go go inside

Gets too wide at times and can get pushed easily out of the play


Player Comparison:           Cameron Wake


Round Projection:               First round



After his Freshmen season many felt Perry would become an elite defensive player.  He has been unable to duplicate that success the past two seasons.  He has performed well but learning a new system combined with small injuries limited him in his second season.  So far in his Junior season he is showing the potential to be a first round pick.  I imagine he will dominate off season workouts.  Perry as potential as a 43 DE as well as a 34 OLB. He has huge upside but also is perhaps the riskiest pass rusher in this draft.

NFLMocks preseason bio

So far, Nick Perry hasn’t lived up to expectations, but he still has time to prove he is a dominant pass rusher. Perry is a redshirt junior with big goals for the 2011 season. 15. Nick Perry wants to get more then 15 sacks this year. It sounds like a pipe dream considering he had just 4 last year, but do not underestimate him. Perry is unique specimen. He stands at 6 ft 3, 250 pounds and runs a 4.6 40 yard dash. He collected 9 sacks his freshman year, but was hampered by a lingering high ankle sprain in 2010. Perry’s unique blend of size and athleticism makes him a player to watch for this year. He could be the breakout player of the year if he is able to stay healthy. He’s a very quick player who uses his hands well. It’s hard to tell where his draft stock currently is. He has a ton of potential. If he breaks out this year, he could be a 1st round pick. Look out for Perry in 2011.


2011 vs Utah (JMPASQ)

2010 highlights film (californiasgold on youtube)