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Denzel Perryman | Linebacker

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

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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. Mar 29 - 11:43 PM
Source: NFL.com

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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

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis wrote that "teams will want to see more athleticism from [Miami ILB Denzel Perryman] at his pro day."

That pro day will go down on April 1. "Perryman is a tremendous player, but the bench press (27) was the only test he showed well in during the combine," Davis wrote. "He's a tough, hard-hitting inside linebacker and looks good on tape. However, his combine numbers aren't going to impress any evaluators as they evaluate the top players at his position." An anonymous NFL scout recently said that Perryman has "got some stiffness to him," and another predicted "second or third round."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 10:53 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Miami ILB Denzel Perryman has "got some stiffness to him."

"We've got people who love him," the scout said. "I think he's gotten too big. I talked to those guys (coaches) there and he doesn't want to lose the weight. Doesn't look like he can run as well as he should." Perryman (5-foot-10 3/4, 236 pounds) ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at the combine, a poor showing. "Explosive tackler," another scout said. "Physical. Tough. He's second or third round. It will be interesting to see how he runs." Perryman projects as a middle linebacker, but he did start all 13 games at OLB in 2013.
Mar 2 - 7:10 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports there was thought around the league that the Raiders would target Miami ILB Denzel Perryman in Round 2, but after Perryman's slow 40 time "I don’t know if that remains true."

Perryman (5-foot-10 3/4, 236 pounds) ran a 4.78 40-yard dash over the weekend. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock noted surprise on the televised broadcast, believing Perryman to be faster. Mayock added he "still like[d] Perryman" despite the disappointing time. The analyst compares Perryman to Jon Beason.
Feb 24 - 1:37 AM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said after Miami ILB Denzel Perryman's forty run: "I thought he was faster."

Perryman (5-foot-10 3/4, 236 pounds) ran a 4.78 40-yard dash. Mayock added he "still like[d] Perryman" despite the disappointing time. Mayock compares Perryman to Jon Beason. The Hurricane linebacker is an old school, squatty, hit-you-in-the mouth inside 'backer who lacks size and speed. An AFC director of scouting told NFL.com recently that Perryman is a "thumper" and a "badass."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 3:44 PM

Philadelphia Enquirer's Zach Berman reports that Miami ILB Denzel Perryman met with Eagles' ILB coach Rick Minter on Thursday.

"Miami LB Denzel Perryman met with Eagles ILB coach Rick Minter last night, got a sense of Eagles' defense," Berman tweeted. With Demeco Ryans coming off an Achilles tendon injury, the Eagles could be looking to the draft for his future replacement. The Hurricanes prospect is a stud against the run and brings a level of physicality, that teams will fall in love with. In order for Perryman to be a three-down LB at the next level, he'll have to improve in man coverage. The 6-foot, 243-pounder could hear his name called in the bottom half of the first round.
Feb 20 - 2:25 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper thinks Miami ILB Denzel Perryman would be a first-rounder if the draft were tomorrow.

Perryman ranks as Kiper's No. 1 middle linebacker. "The more I've watched the tape of Perryman from the 2014 season, the more I like him," Kiper wrote. "He just does so many things well in terms of attacking the line of scrimmage and taking on blocks. Coverage is a question, but I think he lands in Round 1 if the draft is tomorrow. He can help a team now." NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects him as the No. 30 pick to the Packers. "Scouts love Perryman's physical, angry playing style -- he's a burly, stout, old-school linebacker who wants to hit the ball carrier," NFL.com colleague Lance Zierlein recently wrote.
Feb 18 - 4:32 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compares Miami ILB Denzel Perryman to Jon Beason.

"Perryman is fun to watch on tape," Mayock said. "He flies around. Reminds me of a Jon Beason. Everybody said he was too small. All he does is make plays." An AFC director of scouting told NFL.com recently that Perryman is a "thumper" and a "badass." The 6-foot, 243-pounder (4.72 forty) may sneak into Round 1 in the spring.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 1:56 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes NFL teams "are going to want to see [Miami ILB Denzel Perryman's] athletic numbers."

"He's not very tall (measured 5-foot-10 5/8 at the Senior Bowl last month) and he played heavier than he should have at Miami (240-plus pounds)," Zierlein wrote. "If his weight is lower and he tests faster, that's going to help his stock." An AFC director of scouting told NFL.com earlier this week that Perryman is a "thumper" and a "badass." NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects him as the No. 30 pick in the first round to the Packers.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 8 - 12:37 AM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman is a "thumper" and a "badass," said an AFC director of scouting.

"I have a little higher grade on Perryman than I probably should, but we like thumpers and badasses inside, and he's both," the scout said. An AFC regional scout added, "He's the type of guy you like having on your team because he brings toughness to practice." Perryman received a third-round projection from the advisory board last winter but elected to return to school, and now NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects him as the No. 30 pick in the first round to the Packers. "Scouts love Perryman's physical, angry playing style -- he's a burly, stout, old-school linebacker who wants to hit the ball carrier," wrote NFL.com colleague Lance Zierlein. "He's more of an early-down linebacker who can make plays against the run but will struggle when isolated in coverage, which limits his ceiling, but he can be a highly productive player in the NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 8:51 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman made his debut on Todd McShay's Big Board at No. 25.

"Perryman's Senior Bowl week was cut short due to an injury, but he flashed as the best linebacker in attendance when he was out there on the field," McShay wrote. "We've really liked what we've seen on tape of him so far, as he has very good instincts, closing burst and tackling ability." Perryman received a third-round projection from the advisory board last winter but elected to return to school. Good call. The 6-foot, 243-pounder (4.72 forty) may sneak into Round 1 in the spring.
Jan 29 - 9:03 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock believes Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman "is a first-round inside linebacker if he runs well at the combine."

Perryman did not play in Saturday's game due to an abdominal injury he suffered earlier in the week, but analysts did get to see plenty of him in practice. He has drawn comparisons to former Badger Chris Borland -- drafted in the third round by the 49ers -- though NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Perryman will be drafted higher than Borland was. Perryman possesses a stocky 6-foot, 243-pound frame. We've heard he runs a 4.72 forty, though the combine will be the final arbiter of that.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 26 - 6:19 PM

Scout's Inc. reports that Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman was a standout at Senior Bowl practices.

"He diagnosed plays quickly against the run in the nine-on-seven period and showed good awareness in zone coverage in the seven-on-seven period," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "He showed explosive closing power both as a tackler and in taking on blocks, and displayed good range. We like what we've seen from him on tape, as well. He has spent some time in our top 32 this season." He has drawn comparisons to former Badger Chris Borland -- drafted in the third round by the 49ers -- though NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Perryman will be drafted higher than Borland was. Perryman boasts a stocky 6-foot, 243-pound frame, and he runs a 4.72 forty.
Jan 24 - 1:45 PM