(Video by Andrew Burer – @andrewburer)
The Chargers added a physical presence when they drafted Miami inside linebacker Denzel Perryman with the 48th overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft.
Perryman, a Butkus Award finalist – (given to the nation’s top linebacker) – led Miami with 110 tackles and was selected third-team All American and first-team All-ACC in 2014. Described by scouts as “burly, with an old-school linebacker build,” Perryman is known for his jarring punches and ability to get to the second level, although he could use some work in speed and burst, draftniks say.
Perryman plays angry, physical, and brings a toughness to the team that Telesco is always looking to add.
His NFL.com scouting profile had him projected to go in the second or third round.
The move is an interesting one for Chargers linebacker Donald Butler, who signed a 7-year, $51 million contract in 2014. Last season, Butler was sub-par in coverage and the run game and was ranked as the second worst linebacker in the league by Pro Football Focus.
Denzel Perryman: Top 10 Hits http://t.co/CR7FOVeUFr
— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) May 2, 2015
Weight: 236 lbs
PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
Vertical jump: 33 inches
Bench press: 30 reps of 225 pounds
Charger fans: When Ted Thompson/Highsmith in GB love a player, it’s a good sign. And they loved Denzel Perryman, as many in league did.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) May 2, 2015
Love the Denzel Perryman selection by @Chargers. Great instincts. Biggst question is whether he’s fast enough in coverage.
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) May 2, 2015
Denzel Perryman to me at the Senior Bowl: “Ain’t no reason to go around a block.” He wants to run through you, no matter your size #Chargers
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) May 2, 2015