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Denzel Perryman | Linebacker

Team: Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 242

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Miami forced 17 fumbles on running plays in 2014 but only recovered six, according to David Hale of ESPN.
The 17 was good for third most in the nation. Fumbles are usually considered 50-50 situations, and while that might not be exactly true the Hurricanes were on the losing end of the odds here. Miami lost a number of defenders to the NFL, so we will see how they recover in 2015. Jun 16 - 12:53 PM

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Chargers selected Miami ILB Denzel Perryman with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Perryman (5'11/236) made 37 starts for Miami, tallying 27 career tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and seven forced fumbles. He was a third-team All American as a senior. Perryman mostly played inside linebacker at The U, but did start at outside linebacker in 2013. Limited athletically, Perryman ran 4.78 at the Combine with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. A wood-laying inside thumper, Perryman may struggle on passing downs in the pros, but could develop into a dominant run stopper. The round-two selection of Perryman may reflect poorly on the Chargers' internal opinion of Manti Te'o.
May 1 - 8:31 PM

Alonzo Highsmith, senior personal director for the Green Bay Packers, is already stumping for Miami ILB Denzel Perryman at the end of Round 1, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The team would then push Clay Matthews to the outside," Pauline wrote. "The belief is Green Bay still values a cornerback with that first pick and I hear Eric Rowe continues to be in the mix, but don’t dismiss Perryman." We won't. ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden said recently that Perryman "makes all the tackles" and is "the most explosive hitter in this draft." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Perryman to D'Qwell Jackson.
Apr 29 - 1:12 AM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "makes all the tackles" and is "the most explosive hitter in this draft," said ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"He has great zone awareness, and he understands routes," Gruden said. "He can line up off the tight end, see the checkdown and make the play. College football is not producing players like this anymore. He has instincts, he has leadership, he has communication, and if he sees something, he will run through a backside swap combination and get a tackle for a loss. If he doesn't fit your defense, fire your defensive staff." We appreciate the former coach stumping for an old-school prospect, but we still don't see Perryman as a fit for all 32 teams. Asking him, as some schemes would, to traverse huge swatches of field regularly is a good way to guarantee he won't reach his potential.
Apr 27 - 10:23 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "doesn't have ideal speed or quickness but his range is more than adequate because of his instincts, and he hardly ever fails to make the tackle once he's in position," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"Perryman was the vocal leader of the Hurricanes' defense, acting as their quarterback on D," McShay wrote. "He puts in a lot of work in the film room and it shows up on the field, with his ability to pick up on tendencies and quickly read and react to make plays." As we've wrote before, Perryman must go to the correct team. He's a throwback happy to do the dirty work of taking on blockers and happier still to deliver viscous hits to ball carriers, but if your team trusts linebackers to cover receivers in space, he's probably not for you.
Apr 23 - 9:26 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "could be a victim of the fact that the NFL is becoming increasingly pass-happy," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

If you like your linebackers old school, you're going to love Perryman. If your defense requires a new-agey athlete, perhaps not, as the analyst outlines. "As Perryman's somewhat pedestrian 40-yard dash time indicates, he isn't an elite athlete and can be victimized in coverage," Rang wrote. "He is one of the few linebackers in this year's class, however, who isn't afraid to take on blockers and Perryman consistently wins these battles, showing impressive instincts, strength and toughness."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 10:39 PM

Miami LB Denzel Perryman is visiting the Jaguars on Monday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Perryman is a straightforward, traditional linebacker who loves to take on and run through blockers rather than trying to work around them. We think he is a liability in space, but it will be interesting to see what price tag teams put on a linebacker like Perryman.
Apr 20 - 10:15 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "projects best as a middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, but he could also play strong inside linebacker."

Agreed, and for the reasons McShay states. "He isn't the most athletic guy but is an outstanding tackler who was the leader of the Hurricanes' defense," he wrote. Perryman is absolutely not for everyone, but he's going to be a productive player if he finds the right scheme. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Perryman to D'Qwell Jackson. "Early-down linebacker who can make plays against the run but will struggle if isolated in coverage," Zierlein wrote. "Perryman is a lunch-pail worker who enjoys the physical part of the game."
Apr 18 - 10:49 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman's "tape is great, but questions still linger about him," according to NFL Media.

The 5-foot-10, 236-pound had a poor 4.78 forty at the combine but improved to 4.66 seconds at this pro day. "Perryman has been hit by the injury bug, which limited him at the combine and at his pro day," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Being hindered in those opportunities was a big blow for Perryman, as scouts want to get a better feel for his athletic ability." Perryman finished his collegiate career with two straight seasons with 108 or more tackles. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Perryman to D'Qwell Jackson.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 15 - 7:59 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman is "worth a second-round pick for his excellent tackling ability, instincts and recognition skills, and leadership ability," believes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"I get that Perryman isn't an elite athlete, but I've really liked what I've seen from Perryman on tape, and he is the second-highest-ranked inside linebacker on our board right now (UCLA's Eric Kendricks is No. 1)," McShay wrote. "He helped himself by improving upon his 40 time from the combine, running a 4.66-second 40 after posting a 4.78 at the combine, because speed is definitely a concern with him, but he tweaked his hamstring and wasn't able to complete his workout." The 5-foot-10, 236-pound Perryman finished his collegiate career with two straight seasons with 108 or more tackles. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein likens Perryman to D'Qwell Jackson.
Apr 6 - 3:50 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman, suffering from a minor hamstring issue, was held out of most the school's pro day.

This isn't going to affect his draft standing in any way. As a senior playing ILB, Perryman logged 110 tackles, and as a junior playing outside, he had 108 tackles. The 5-foot-10, 236-pound Perryman will play on the inside in the NFL. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein likens Perryman to D'Qwell Jackson. "I have a little higher grade on Perryman than I probably should, but we like thumpers and badasses inside and he's both," said an AFC director of scouting.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 3 - 7:42 PM

Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones reports that Miami ILB Denzel Perryman has a private workout with the Carolina Panthers scheduled on April 16.

The Miami prospect was highly productive as senior, recording a career-high 110 tackles for the Hurricanes as an ILB. With Thomas Davis getting a bit long in the tooth, the Panthers could be looking for quality depth to groom at the position. As a junior, Perryman recorded 108 tackles, with five tackles for a loss, when he played on the outside. However, the 5-foot-10, 236-pound Perryman is best suited on the inside at the next level.
Apr 1 - 3:34 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "can be a highly productive NFL player but [his] ceiling looks to be limited," observed NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The analyst ranks Perryman No. 6 amongst linebackers. "Early-down linebacker who can make plays against the run but will struggle if isolated in coverage," Zierlein wrote. "Perryman is a lunch-pail worker who enjoys the physical part of the game." For those reasons, Zierlein likens Perryman to D'Qwell Jackson. "I have a little higher grade on Perryman than I probably should, but we like thumpers and badasses inside and he's both," said an AFC director of scouting.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 11:43 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "was a playmaker from the first day he suited up until he ended his career last season as on coaches' first-team All-ACC," observed NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

The analyst mentions that Perryman was highly productive both as a starter on the inside and outside while in school. Cooney then poked holes in comparisons made to Wisconsin's Chris Borland. "Perryman is not really a frenetic, hyperactive tackling machine like Borland," Cooney wrote. "Perryman is more of a deliberate, focused defensive quarterback who reads plays well and uses a combination of quickness and good angles to get in on plays and is an efficient open-field tackler." At the combine, Perryman was asked what scouts liked about him. He responded: "They like how I go downhill, they like how I take on blocks. Some scouts like to see my man-to-man coverage, my technique on that i just need to brush that up. As far as my pass coverage, some of them were impressed at the Senior Bowl."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 9:23 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that he "love[s] the tape" of Miami ILB Denzel Perryman.

"He's probably going to be this year's Chris Borland as a guy who is a great football player and succeeds in the NFL despite having less-than-ideal measurables," McShay wrote. "But there will be some concern from NFL teams over his below-average scores in the vertical (32 inches) and broad (9-5) jumps." Perryman (5-foot-10 3/4, 236 pounds) ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at the combine, a poor showing. An anonymous NFL scout recently said that Perryman has "got some stiffness to him," and another predicted "second or third round."
Mar 3 - 10:36 PM