The Green Bay Packers selected Southern Cal outside linebacker Nick Perry with the 28th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Packers get Perry to rush passer
Fantasy Analysis: Perry was more of hybrid defensive end in college, but there had been a good chance that he was destined to play rush linebacker for a team that has a base 3-4. The Packers probably couldn't have asked for a better candidate to be available to them at this pick, considering their need for just this type of player.
Green Bay has perhaps the ideal pass rusher to pair with Clay Matthews, who's also a USC product and has really expanded the ways he can hurt an offense. It was obvious that Green Bay's pass defense was extremely vulnerable if it couldn't create pressure on the QB, but they should have much more success covering for that area now. This DST could be back to standards if their players remain healthy.
Sack artists don't generally pile up fantasy football points in IDP leagues, of course, and Perry isn't necessarily a threat to do things like pick off passes when he drops in a zone blitz. He's a great athlete for his size, though, and an able tackler, so he could prove to be an asset in deep leagues that use defensive players.
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