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2015 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Denzel Perryman

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The physical linebacker out of the University of Miami (FL) would help fill a key position of need for the Packers. Is he the real deal or is he a potential bust?

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As we continue our 2015 NFL Draft coverage here at Acme Packing Company, we take a look at some of the most talented prospects available at positions of need for the Green Bay Packers. Today, we'll take a look at inside linebacker Denzel Perryman out of the University of Miami, Florida.

Background

Year: Senior
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 236 pounds
2014 Stats: 110 tackles (79 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, five passes defended

Strengths

Perryman is built like an old-school run thumper and plays like one too. He runs through the ball carrier on tackles, often delivering a jarring punch due to his low pad level. He sheds blocks well, diagnoses plays quickly, and shoots gaps with tenacity. He plays angry and is never going to shy away from contact.

Weaknesses

Perryman isn't super athletic. He can't change directions on a dime and sometimes struggles to wrap up smaller, quicker athletes in the open field. His coverage skills leave a lot to be desired, especially in man coverage. His lack of quickness limits his potential as an every-down player at the next level.

Overview

Perryman will be an excellent addition to any team's run defense, but will struggle when isolated in pass coverage. He is a very physical player, who will bring a hard-working attitude with him wherever he lands. He can be a very productive run stuffer on the right defense, but his ceiling is limited due to his lack of athleticism in the open field.

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Josh VanDyke covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He is also currently a sports writer for MLive.com.