Photo of Denzel Perryman
Drafted By: Chargers
  • Round 2
  • Pick 16
  • Overall 48

Combine Results

5.68 ?
  • 4.78 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 27 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"You can say he's too small or too slow. When I watch him play, I see Jonathan Vilma and Jon Beason. I see those great Miami inside linebackers. He makes plays sideline to sideline. Perryman is a thumper and will be an asset." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 7/8" Arm Length
  • 236LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


2015 Senior Bowl participant. In 2014, selected third-team All-American, first-team All-ACC and Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) finalist. Led Miami with 110 tackles. Selected first-team All-ACC in 2013, starting all 13 games and setting a single-game career high with 15 tackles against Virginia Tech. Selected honorable mention All-ACC in 2012. Three-star prospect by Rivals out of high school. His father, Desmond, coached Denzel in Pop Warner football.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
Vertical jump: 33 inches
Bench press: 30 reps of 225 pounds



Burly, stout, old-school linebacker build. Wants to hit and brings his pads with him when he delivers a blow. Delivers a jarring punch into oncoming offensive linemen on second level. Defends his area of turf and sees past blockers, keeping his eye trained on the play. Is able to disengage and shed blockers. Plays low and with leverage. Once he diagnoses, can trigger into gaps and disrupt. Expected to be productive special-teams player at the next level.


Not a twitchy athlete. Takes time to gear up after changing directions and can struggle to tackle jitterbug runners in space. Heavy-legged mover in space and struggles to make plays outside of his assigned area. Lacks coverage traits and is a liability in man coverage. Short levers won't allow him to leverage blockers as a pass rusher. Slow to get off his spot and burst laterally, which causes him to miss some tackle opportunities.

Draft Projection

Round 2 or 3

Sources Tell Us

"He's physical and plays angry at the point of attack. He's the type of guy you like having on your team because he brings toughness to practice. He's going to lay the wood to ball carriers when he gets a chance but college teams were already finding ways to go after him in the passing game." -- AFC East regional scout

"I have a little higher grade on Perryman than I probably should, but we like thumpers and badasses inside and he's both." -- AFC director of scouting

NFL Comparison

D'Qwell Jackson

Bottom Line

Early down linebacker who can make plays against the run but will struggle if isolated in coverage. Perryman is a lunch-pail worker who enjoys the physical part of the game. Can be a highly productive NFL player but ceiling looks to be limited.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.