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Draft Prospect Profile: Miami (Fla.) LB Denzel Perryman



When Senior Bowl practices hit full speed, Perryman, more than almost anyone else on the field, announced his presence with authority -- and typically a thunderclap of a hit. He read running plays as they developed with the authority of someone who'd been watching film of the opponent for weeks, not for a day of practice against an all-star team.

He acquitted himself well in pass coverage -- better than he showed at times during his years at Miami. Other linebackers have better straight-line speed and quicker change of direction, and as a result there are questions about whether he can be a true three-down linebacker.

But his ability to stay with underneath and down-the-seam targets during practices in Mobile offers promise that he can make the adjustment to having that be a greater part of his repertoire. "Some scouts like to see my man-to-man coverage, my technique on that I just need to brush up," Perryman said at the Combine. "As far as my pass coverage, some of them were impressed at the Senior Bowl."


Former Broncos running back Clinton Portis, perhaps speaking from the heart as a fellow Miami product, suggested that Perryman can replace the retired Patrick Willis in the 49ers' defense, although the 49ers already appear to be in good shape with Chris Borland.

Still, there are other teams that can use Perryman, and because he's a fairly stout 236 pounds (5-foot-11), he should be able to handle more contact than most linebackers in that weight class, and might not need the space-filling 350-pound nose tackle in front of him if he plays ILB in a 3-4 alignment.


Weight:236 pounds
Arm:31 7/8 inches (23rd among 34 Combine LBs)
Hand:9 1/2 inches (T-18th among 34 Combine LBs)
Bench Press:27 repetitions (2nd among 29 Combine LBs)
40-yard dash:4.78 seconds (T-18th among 29 Combine LBs)
Vertical jump:32 inches (T-19th among 28 Combine LBs)'
Broad jump:9 feet, 5 inches (19th among 28 Combine LBs)

PROJECTION:Late Round 1 to mid-Round 2.

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