1) Introduction: Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry was the team’s first round draft pick in 2012 (28th overall). Perry was thought to be high on Green Bay’s list and sure enough, he was their selection on draft day. Having been primarily a defensive end at Southern Cal, Perry was said to be a project for the Packers, who planned to use Perry standing up as an outside linebacker opposite Clay Matthews.
- Age: 22
- Born: 4/12/1990 in Detroit, MI
- Height: 6’03″
- Weight: 265
- College: Southern California
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 1 year
3) Expectations coming into the season: The hope was that Perry would be an immediate and regular contributor to the team’s pass rush and start opposite Clay Matthews on the left side. Perry showed some burst in training camp but it was clear early on that he would need guidance in learning a new position and at the next level. Perry understood the team’s expectations and spent much time with Matthews during camp absorbing the defensive scheme and learning his trade. He was the starter at left outside linebacker in week one against the San Francisco 49ers.