It’s NEVER Too Early

With the NFL Combine right around the corner, GPN begins a new series outlining some of the college players that may be available when Green Bay picks at number 30. This list will then help us focus on the Combine results of those same players as we continue to anticipate the Packers’ young additions for the upcoming season.

Daniel Jeremiah of had an interesting pick for the Packers at the 30 spot. Denzel clay matthewsPerryman, the ILB out of Miami would definitely fill a need for the Packers. Clay Matthews was willing but less than happy to find himself at ILB last season and a run-stuffer like Perryman could make the Packers sure in run defense without moving Clay. With Barrington coming on, the Packers defense becomes immediately more formidable.


Denzel PerrymanAt 6′ tall and 242 pounds, Perryman fits the inside role well. He is known as a big hitter and plays with attitude. Strong against the run, Perryman would fill not just a positional need but also a point of weakness on the Packers defense last season. What I like is that though he is tall, he is able to drop his shoulder and deliver a rising blow. This makes him formidable enough inside that teams would be tempted to run to the edges where Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers would be waiting.

Many in Packernation will be hoping for a stud ILB for the Packers in this year’s draft. Perryman just might become that kind of player. With guys like Mathews and Peppers around him, he brings a badass attitude and would compliment a Packers defense that really had a different identity when it came together mid-season last year.


Pass defense. Uh, oh…are you thinking what I’m thinking? This guy could be another AJ Hawk. I think the difference might be that Perryman would be hard-nosed and frightening at the point of attack, delivering blows rather than making trailing tackles. But pass protection is important for a linebacker since those matchups are exactly what opposing offenses try to create. This may limit Perryman as an early down back.


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It’s NEVER Too Early
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