With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Denzel Perryman
Position: Inside Linebacker
Weight: 242 Pounds
College: University of Miami
2015 Stats: 110 Tackles, 9.5 Tackles for Loss, 2 Sacks, 3 Forced Fumbles, 5 Pass Breakups, 1 Interception
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Denzel Perryman’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Perryman.
Pros: Perryman is a highly instinctive inside linebacker who is a true three down linebacker in every sense of the word. He is big enough and strong enough to be a dominate run defender, showing an elite ability to shed a block and make a play while also being a good enough athlete to excel in pass coverage as well. He is phenomenal in pursuit and has shown the ability to never give up on a play and make plays he shouldn’t have been able to make. He uses his hands phenomenally well and that, along with his diminutive height make it difficult for offensive linemen to block him. He’s very good in zone coverage but also has the ability to pick up a running back out of the backfield. He rarely gets hurt and is a great team leader.
Cons: He can at times be over aggressive and rely to much on his instincts instead of just filling a gap like the play is designed to do. He does not have ideal height. This over aggressiveness causes him to get burned on play action at times.
Our Take: Perryman is a very talented linebacker who can make plays and use his instincts to perform outside of his natural athletic ability. He is very strong and does a great job shedding blockers and is a great locker room presence. He has scheme diversity and can play inside backer in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 system. In a 3-4, he would be best fit as the in the box Buck linebacker instead of playing the more rangy Mack linebacker spot.
Final Grade: 93 Out of 100
I really like what I see from Perryman and believe he has the potential to be an All-Pro linebacker. He reminds me a lot of London Fletcher in that he won’t wow you with his athleticism or build but he will wow you with his ability to make plays. I think he is a special talent who will come in and improve a defense from day one.
Possible Draft Spots: Perryman is unfortunately going to go lower in the draft than he is worthy of due to the lack of teams needing a true inside linebacker this year. Some teams he could fit on in the first round are the Saints at 13, Lions at 23, Cowboys at 27, Colts at 29 and Packers at 30. I think he ends up going somewhere between 20 and 32 although he is worthy of going somewhere in the top 15.
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