Denzel Perryman: 2015 Cowboys MLB Prospect.

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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.

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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.

denzell perrymanDenzel Perryman, MLB

Height|Weight: 6-1  242

College: Miami Hurricanes

40 time:4.62-4.72

Round: 1-2

Grade: 84.5

  • 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 TEAM (Athlon Sports)
    2013 ALL-ACC (Sporting News)
    2013 ALL-AMERICA, HONORABLE MENTION (SI.com)
    2013 HARD HITTER AWARD
    2013 DEFENSIVE MVP

Hurricanes official team bio: 2014 (Senior): 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.

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Film Study:

  • 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 hit ball carriers, he punishes them with brutalizing hits. He will break down and take on ball carriers head on.  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.  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 him a prospect with a very high ceiling at the next level. I see him as a starter with Pro Bowl potential.  NFL comparison: Vontaze Burfict.

 

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  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Vontaze Burfict is a good comparison. He murders people with devastating hits.

    • I know that all too well lol. He was one of my the guys no one is talking about. I still can’t believe the Bengals got him undrafted and then he led the league in tackles his rookie year.

      • Al

        You have always had a good nose for sniffing out LB’s munchkin. Nice report Cas.

    • Al

      This defense can use some nasty. It makes receivers think twice about going underneath. This kid brings a lot of it.

  • Al

    I really like this kid. He reminds me of a young Ray Lewis. He makes up for his lack of speed with good instincts, football IQ, awareness/ read react skills and good technique. I would love to see him in Dallas next year.

    • Gabriel Carrasco

      Ray Lewis was awesome as a player.

  • Lionone1

    Good prospect for LB. I know I said this last year but history shows Dallas always drafts a LB in the first 4 rounds. I think if Dallas is serious about drafting for the trenches they are gonna have to move up to get a beast at DT. Leonard Williams is my favorite lineman of this years draft. He can play all over the line. I don’t know what it takes to move up to get him but, I’m all in and I’m never willing to give up draft picks. Him paired up with Crawford, and Tank.

    • Gabriel Carrasco

      I wouldn’t trade up, especially when you could end up with Goldman or Jordan Phillips. I also like Preston Smith, Nate Orchard at DE. Moving up to top 3 which is where Williams will go, would cost you your whole draft. Don’t like that idea.

      • Lionone1

        I just don’t see any interior defensive linemen in this years draft that will make a difference. Especially at the Dallas Cowboys weakest area on defense. I know they would give up picks but I don’t think it will be the whole draft. Heck give up next years one what difference does it make ? Cowboys are gonna pick late in the first round anyways. They need a beast up in there.

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          You don’t need a beast, you just need a good player. And who is to say we won’t get a good player? Geno Atkins was a 4th round pick. Leon Lett was a 7th round pick. You can get good players. You say trading next year’s first for what? What if Romo’s back gives out and he retires. Well time to draft a QB, no you can’t, because you don’t have a first round pick next year. I wouldn’t trade up and mortgage my future on a single player. The Falcons and Redskins did that and where did that get them?

          • Lionone1

            They might get a good player but im not seeing one that will make a difference right away. I see Dallas signing back most of their players and trying this thing again. Not sure what the approach will be exactly but i got to think they will spend a lot of recources on interior line. Plus having a 1st round pick (late) for a qb isn’t guaranteeing you anything either. They will probably carry Vaughn for a while and not have much cap room for free agency.

          • Al

            There are no guarantees on any rookie. They are unproven. JJ should have learned that with Mo. You take the best available player at 27 and move on. I would rather tag Dez then trade him for a 1st and at least a 3rd. Sign a proven pass rusher in FA and draft Jaelen Strong. That still leaves a 1st for D and 2 day 2 picks for D.

          • Al

            Actually 3 day 2 picks for D.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            NO guarantee Martin would have even been good this year, he never played OG at a high level. And yes you might be trying to win now, but who is to say Leonard Williams even does well? YOu could set yourself back. And Jason Garrett just recently said, we need to get out of the mentality that we are just one player away. Because we aren’t.

          • Lionone1

            Those are all great points and I would be happy either way. If Dallas stays the way of picking best available and building up the trenches is fine with me. Heck, I’m the one that said Frederick would be a pro bowler and got heat for it. It all comes down to what you feel (predict) what a team will do. For me personally, I think Dallas is going to sign back most of their players (including Dez and Murray) and not focus on free agency. Mostly, because the players availabe at position of need, are far to expensive and they won’t have the money. In my opinion Dallas has played the draft well to this point and now have a contender for years to come. However, the one GLARING need to me, the weakness is the DT spot. When I look at the teams you would make a deal with. Raiders and Jacksonville, both teams needing offensive players. I see opportunity to get one of the most versatile, upsided, highest potential players you can get. He would fill more than one position because he could also, play DE. Of course, I’m no where near as educated and experienced as you guys when it comes to the draft. I count on you for not only knowledge of the game but future prospect information. I just don’t see a DT that would be better than what the Cowboys are working with right now.

          • Al

            I bet you could line Perryman up as a situational pass rusher or make good use of him on LB blitzes.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Possibly. I wouldn’t count on it though.

          • Al

            If Wilber can do it as feeble as he is, Perryman definitely can. Kyle is a wasted roster spot.

          • Al

            Ratliff was a late round pick too. Justin Houston went third round. Mark my words, Cas and I will find a few difference makers that go 27 and later. This report is a perfect example. I would pull the trigger at 27 in a heartbeat.

          • Lionone1

            Oh believe me ask Cas Defensive end/LB is my favorite position she scouts. I have no doubt about that.

          • Al

            In fact, I would take this kid over Sean Lee.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I like this kid and Eric Kendricks from UCLA. Kendricks kind of reminds me of Sean Lee just without the injury issues.

    • Al

      I like Kendricks, but like Lee, he doesn’t bring that killer instinct/ nasty to the game. This D has got to get meaner. No one fears them. Doomsday had a lot of Nasty.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        I get it, he isn’t nasty, and we could use nasty. But I am still just all in, in getting good players. I love Kendricks. As it stands Denzel Perryman seems to be a JG kind of guy. He is a very hard worker, he takes things seriously. I don’t really know how smart he is, but he is very football smart, takes the right angles most of the time. Just needs to improve his pass coverage.

  • californy

    I just saw some projection on Strong Wr in the first rd, I guess your player no one is talking about is getting out there. I wonder if this article could do the same for Perryman. Either way, way to Go Cowboys fans about putting these 2 player on the map of the NFL.