Photo of Joshua Perry
Drafted By: Chargers
  • Round 4
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 102

Combine Results

Grade
5.4 ?
  • 4.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Perry is a well-rounded inside linebacker with tone-setting capabilities vs the run. He also brings some value as a blitzing weapon if they keep him on the field on 3rd downs. Not a major need for the Chargers, but Perry adds strong competition to their linebacker unit early. -Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 7/8" Arm Length
  • 254LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Perry gained respect from Big Ten coaches for his play as a senior, garnering first team All-Big Ten notice with 105 tackles, 7.5 for loss and three sacks. He also received honors for his leadership and character, being named an all-state AFCA All-Good Works Team member, as well as a finalist for the Lott IMPACT, Senior CLASS Award, and the Wuerffel Trophy. The Buckeyes' leading tackler in 2014 (124, 8.5 for loss, three sacks) earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in his second year as a starter (he had 64 tackles, two for loss the previous year). Though not a highly recruited player like many on head coach Urban Meyer's squad, Perry's list of national honors speaks volumes about his willingness to do what it takes to get the job done.


Pro Day Results


Short shuttle: 4.43 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.24 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Noted leader on the field and in the locker room. Winner who is willing to do the dirty work. Big and physical and has the strength and grit to handle himself at point of attack. Productive tackler with good finishing rate. Wrap up tackler who throws his chest into it. Allowed just one broken tackle over last two years. Has old­-school thumper's mentality in the box. Well­-conditioned and continues to bring his lunch pail into the fourth quarter. Plays with good instincts anticipating screen passes and getting jumps on wide rushing plays.

Weaknesses

Will play through a straw and has a limited area of impact as a playmaker. Gets too caught up in physical battles against blockers and loses sight of the ball. Plays too tall and allows blockers under his pads and into his frame. Needs to punch and shuck sooner and get to the tackle. Stiff movement in space and labors with direction change. Below average sideline­-to-­sideline chaser. Doesn’t appear to have the one-on­-one cover skills to stay on the field in sub­packages.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

NFL Comparison

Taiwan Jones

Bottom Line

Physical linebacker who has produced high­-end tackle numbers over the last two years at Ohio State. Perry played the role of thumper on a loaded Ohio State team, but may be lacking the athleticism and overall speed to replicate his college production in the pros. His best fit may be as a physical, 3-­4 inside linebacker who has to leave the field on passing downs.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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