In Thursday’s first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected USC DE Nick Perry, with their 28th overall pick.
Perry was the second Trojan selected during the first round of the draft, with fellow Trojan LT Matt Kalil being selected—as expected—by the Vikings earlier. Furthermore, the pair of the getting drafted added USC to the exclusive list of schools that had two or more players taken in the first round (Alabama had the most, with four players taken).
As mentioned in the preview of Perry, many scouts saw him as a tweener, an athlete that could either be a defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker, depending on the scheme. Perry even tacked on a few extra points to bulk up to 271 lbs., to show them that he can be a DE at the next level. Well, it looks for now that the Packers have other plans for this Trojan; the Packers operate with a 3-4 defensive scheme, and he is slated to play opposite former Trojans and teammate, Clay Matthews.
I’m sure Trojan fans are not at all upset about that possibility.
In being chose 28th overall, Nick Perry became the 77th Trojan to be taken in the first round of the NFL draft, the most of any school of all time. And, Perry was also the 312th Trojan to be taken in the common draft era, which is also more than any other school. For some perspective, Nebraska is the second on the list at 264.
Clearly, USC is doing something right in terms of priming its athletes for the next level.
The NFL Draft resumes today at 4 p.m. Pacific Time, and there are still a few Trojans—namely Rhett Ellison and DaJohn Harris—hoping to have their names called some time within the next two days.