Denzel Perryman started 37 games for the Miami Hurricanes. He racked up 351 tackles, 27 TFL’s and 4 sacks. He was a First Team All-Acc selection as voted by the coaches and won both the defensive MVP and hard hitter awards.
With the question marks surrounding Sean lee’s ability to stay healthy and not knowing how much the Cowboys rising star, Rolando McClain, will command on the open market, the Cowboys front office may find themselves in a salary cap pickle. That being said, Denzell Perryman makes a great prospect to add some depth to a LB corp that is loaded with free agents.
Height|Weight: 6-1Â 242
College: Miami Hurricanes
- 2014 ALL-AMERICA, THIRD TEAM (Associated Press)
2014 BUTKUS AWARD FINALIST
2014 ALL-ACC, FIRST TEAM (ACSMA, coaches)
2013 ALL-ACC, FIRST TEAM (ACSMA, coaches)
2013 ALL-ACC, SECOND TEAMÂ (Athlon Sports)
2013 ALL-ACC (Sporting News)
2013 ALL-AMERICA, HONORABLE MENTIONÂ (SI.com)
2013 HARD HITTER AWARD
2013 DEFENSIVE MVP
Hurricanes official team bio: 2014 (Senior):Â Started season opener at Louisville, recording game-high 12 tackles…Had 11 solo stops against Cardinals, included first sack of season (three yards)…Led team with six tackles against FAMU, including 1 TFL…Ranked second on team with seven tackles (five solo) in win over Arkansas State…Added six tackles in start against Nebraska…Had dominant all-around game versus Duke, totaling five tackles (four solo), one forced fumble and interception returned for 20 yards…Also had one PBU against Blue Devils…Ranked second on team with nine tackles (seven solo) in start against Georgia Tech…Added six tackles (four solo) in start against Cincinnati…Led team with 11 tackles (six solo) in start against Virginia Tech…Forced one of three fumbles against Hokies and recorded one PBU…Led team with 10 tackles (nine solo) in start against North Carolina with one sack and one PBU…Paced defense with nine tackles (seven solo) in start against Florida State, including one TFL…Tied career high with 15 tackles in start against Virginia, including 13 solo stops…Added one TFL and one forced fumble against Cavaliers…Credited with six tackles, including 1.5 TFL, in start against Pittsburgh…Had eight tackles (six solo) and one TFL in Duck Commander Independence Bowl start against South Carolina…Earned letter.
- The Hurricanes have produced some solid linebackers over the years and Denzel Perryman lives up to the tradition. He has that classic, brawler look about him with a wide upper body, thick arms and powerful legs. He does a nice job of reading his keys, plays with excellent instincts and good awareness which allows him to fly around and make a lot of plays. He is a text book tackler who doesn’t just hitÂ ball carriers, he punishes them with brutalizing hits. He will break down and take on ball carriers head on. Â He does an excellent job of reading run plays and flies to the tackle box which stops running backs for little or no gain.
- Perryman does a nice job of getting off blocks to make tackles. He doesn’t possess great straight line speed, but plays extremely fast because of his quickness and instincts. He does a nice job of getting through traffic and exhibits excellent leadership skills. Â He has good lateral agility, but his hips are a bit stiff. He uses his hands well and has good short area burst. Plays with good pop and excellent power at the point.
- NFL teams like a LB who can also be used in coverage, Perryman has improved his coverage skills quite a bit and has good ball skills. He can cover a lot of ground and does a nice job of picking up receivers who come in to his zone. He can cover RB’s out of the backfield and average TE’s. He watches the QB and makes good reads. He can be used in man coverage, will jam the receiver and disrupt timing.
- Denzel Perryman doesn’t have elite athleticism. He goes for the big hit and it causes him to miss at times. Occasionally bites on the play action, but recovers well. His lack of long speed will cause him to struggle against the quicker TE’s going up the seam. His change of direction skills could use some improvement. His lack of height and length could cause him to struggle against the bigger tight ends.
Perryman has enough good traits to allow him to be an every down LB at the next level. He has excellent instincts, work ethic and character. Although there is always room for improvement, he plays with above average technique. His natural leadership ability, high football IQ and willingness to put in the work to get better, make himÂ a prospect with a very high ceiling at the next level. I see him as a starter with Pro Bowl potential. Â NFL comparison: Vontaze Burfict.