Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Another ILB for the Packers: Denzel Perryman

The situation could change before the draft but I can't think of another position for the Green Bay Packers that is need of more help than inside linebacker.
One of the linebackers mentioned by Rob Demovsky is Miami's ILB Denzel Perryman. His strength is in pass coverage, but there are some concerns about his height (5-11). He may have trouble seeing the field among the tall trees and he could struggle to fight off blocks. It seems like his college production is without question. But the NFL combine is going to make or break him if he's actually shorter, or has short arms.

He reminds me of former Packer ILB D.J. Smith, who appears to be a free agent at the moment and is now over two years removed from ACL surgery. Like Smith, Perryman is undersized but Smith has very long arms. Both players appear to be good in pass coverage. Of all the recent linebackers who are free agents/likely to free agents, Smith might be the most promising if he's back to his pre-injury form, and he wouldn't cost anything to sign.

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