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Denzel Perryman | Linebacker

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

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Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
Perryman has drawn comparisons to former Badger Chris Borland, who was drafted in the third round by the Dolphins. This undersized linebacker is another classic case of being highly productive on the field while not necessarily having the prototypical tangible measurements that teams covet. 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. Dec 10 - 1:44 AM
Source: Senior Bowl

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When asked who will be the Chris Borland of the 2015 NFL Draft, three NFL executives responded with Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman's name.

"He has some similar issues to Borland. Both guys lack height and have short arms. Some teams will put him in the 'doesn't fit' category," one executive told NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah. "He's going to be a great player at the next level," another said of Perryman. Borland was selected in the middle of the third-round last May, so it will be worth monitoring if Perryman is selected in the same area.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 20 - 10:27 AM

An AFC executive told NFL.com that Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman's intangibles are "off the charts."

The executive said that he "loved" the 6-foot, 243-pound senior and went on to say that he will be an "outstanding pro." The buzzword around Perryman has been "explosive" for some time. In early October, ESPN's Kevin Weidl tweeted that he thought the linebacker had "explosive power" and "natural leverage." NFL.com draft analysts, including Bucky Brooks, wrote that Perryman might not have huge combine numbers. The undersized linebacker is a classic case of being highly productive on the field while not necessarily having the prototypical tangible measurements that teams covet. Brooks and company compared him to former Badger Chris Borland, who was drafted in the third round by the Dolphins. It should be noted that NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Perryman will be drafted higher than Borland was.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 19 - 9:00 PM

Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman is a "violent tackler with natural leverage and explosive power," writes ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

"Showing good range," Weidl tweeted during Saturday's game against Georgia Tech. "Perryman is sawed off with a thick, compact and muscular build. Really like his demeanor and focus. Vocal leader." Perryman received a third-round projection from the NFL's advisory board over the winter but elected to return to school. He boasts a stocky 6-foot, 243-pound frame, and he runs a 4.72 forty. CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote over the summer that Perryman's "versatility will certainly keep him in contention to be a first-day selection if he's able to continue his high level of play this season."
Oct 5 - 9:36 PM

Packers Senior Personnel Executive Alonzo Highsmith tweeted praise to Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman.

"You know when D. Perryman is on the field and easy to find! He's the one blowing people up," Highsmith tweeted. The player personnel member is a former star running back out of Miami, so he has close ties to the program. Perryman will be mentioned as one of the top prospects among off line of scrimmage linebackers.
Aug 21 - 10:43 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman will "justifiably draw comparisons to Ray Lewis."

Perryman received a third-round projection from the NFL's advisory board over the winter but elected to return to school. "Perryman will justifiably draw comparisons to Ray Lewis as he’s an explosive sideline-to-sideline linebacker with three down possibilities at the next level," Pauline wrote. "The fact he’s under 6-feet tall will knock him off a few draft boards but if used properly Perryman will be a productive starter in the NFL." Perryman boasts a stocky 6-foot, 243-pound frame, and he runs a 4.72 forty. CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote earlier this summer that Perryman's "versatility will certainly keep him in contention to be a first-day selection if he's able to continue his high level of play this season."
Aug 19 - 1:48 AM

Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman's "versatility will certainly keep him in contention to be a first-day selection if he's able to continue his high level of play this season," wrote CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Perryman received a third-round projection from the advisory board but elected to return to school. "Despite lacking desireable height, Perryman has the look of a prototypical inside 'backer with a stout, thick frame and plays with superb instincts and toughness in the box," Stephens wrote. "He's difficult to latch onto at the second level due to strong, active hands, agile feet and good use of leverage when taking on bigger blockers, and he exhibits good burst and solid angles to either sideline when asked to pursue plays on the edges. He's fast to pick up on routes when dropping into coverage, and possesses quick enough hips to hitch himself to a crossing route and maintain stride-for-stride coverage on slot receivers and tight ends." Perryman boasts a stocky 6-foot, 243-pound frame, and he runs a 4.72 forty. The analyst believes he could play either on the outside or inside at the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 3:49 PM

Miami junior LB Denzel Perryman will return to school rather than enter the NFL draft.

Perryman received a third-round projection from the advisory board. Miami will not lose a non-senior prospect to the NFL if everything goes according to plan. Perryman could elevate his evaluation next season and stick in that second day area.
Jan 10 - 1:16 PM

Miami junior LB Denzel Perryman received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Perryman is "still mulling" whether he will turn pro or not, according to beat writer Barry Jackson. The Canes lack draft-eligible talent on defense, but Perryman might be the best of the bunch. He boasts a stocky 6'0/243 pound frame.
Jan 7 - 1:55 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote that Miami junior LB Denzel Perryman is an "explosive and heavy hitter."

Perryman, at 6-foot-0, 243-pounds, is on "the shorter side" but "can play," according to Weidl. The Coral Gables native is a stout and instinctive inside linebacker who possesses the athleticism to handle pass coverage. That last attribute makes Perryman a three-down linebacker, a designation that increases his draft value.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 10:15:00 PM

Miami starting sophomore LB Denzel Perryman is expected to return Saturday against South Florida.

Perryman returned for the team's game against Virginia Tech but appeared to tweak the same ankle that had previously bothered him. For that reason, the sophomore missed Saturday's contest against Virginia. Due to injuries, Perryman has moved from inside linebacker to an outside spot.
Mon, Nov 12, 2012 12:45:00 PM

Miami has moved sophomore Denzel Perryman from ILB to OLB in preparation for Saturday's game against Florida State.

Perryman started five games on the inside this season, missing two others with an ankle injury, but played on the outside as a freshman in 2011. The Hurricanes appeared to make the switch last week, with Perryman lining up mostly on the weak side against the Tar Heels. Jimmy Gaines, Gionni Paul or Raphael Kirby will step into the starting lineup.
Tue, Oct 16, 2012 01:52:00 PM

Miami starting sophomore LB Denzel Perryman appeared to have tweaked his ankle during Saturday's game against UNC.

Perryman missed two games earlier in the season due to a high ankle sprain on the same one that was injured today. While on the field, he is one of the bright spots on the Hurricanes defense.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 03:24:00 PM

Miami starting sophomore LB Denzel Perryman returned to practice from a high ankle sprain injury and is expected to play against Notre Dame on Saturday.

Perryman will be immediately reinserted back into the middle of the defense and should continue to be one of the bright spots for the Hurrcianes defense. He had 16 tackles and an interception prior to sustaining the injury.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 09:13:00 AM

Miami starting sophomore ILB Denzel Perryman is not expected to play this weekend against NC State due to a high ankle sprain.

Perryman is still in a boot and already missed last weekend's game against Georgia Tech. Junior James Gaines will likely start in his place for the second straight game, but Perryman's talent could have come in handy against the Yellow Jackets' triple option attack.
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 10:02:00 AM