Nick Perry gets first-round call
When you look at the final seasons at USC for both Nick Perry and Clay Matthews, you will find similarities. Both would begin beneath the scouting radar, and their stock would slowly rise as the season progressed. Both men would also take full advantage of pre-draft workouts, which would enable them to leap into the first round. And finally, both would be selected by the Green Bay Packers, as the franchise searched for an edge rusher to in opposing backfields.
The Packers selected Clay Matthews with the 26th overall pick in 2009, and he quickly emerged as one of the league’s best defenders. They added Nick Perry with the 28th overall pick on Thursday night, with expectations of the same.
Perry moves from a 4-3 scheme at USC to a 3-4 in Green Bay, where he is likely to play opposite Matthews, providing the Pack with Trojan bookends at linebacker.
The Detroit native ended his Trojan career with 103 tackles and 21.5 sacks in 21 starts. He was the second Trojan drafted on Thursday night, raising the school’s record total to 77 former players selected in the first round.