Every year, when the draft approaches, I ask Broncos fans for certain players they’d like to see broken down in a scouting report. That includes positives, negatives and potential fit with the Broncos. Today, I examine University of Miami LB Denzel Perryman.
First and foremost, Denzel Perryman looks the part of a bulky NFL LB. He stands at 6'0", 243 lbs. With that size comes strength. Perryman takes on blockers aggressively and is a very powerful blitzer. He has the ability to completely overwhelm players in the hole and reads gaps well against the run.
Perryman has good tackling form but remains an ankle tackler, too inclined to drive through the player for a big hit and throw a shoulder instead of wrapping up and taking the player down. Perryman is extremely unathletic, best described as slow, lumbering and bulky. He has extremely limited range and bad lateral ability. Against the run, he turns his hips down the line and opens them to the sideline, leaving offensive linemen the ability to wash him out of the play. He has stiff hips in coverage and no drop ability, unable to cover guys up the seam. He is too aggressive and tries to force plays, thinking he can guess where the play is going. He also seems to lack effort at times, worryingly.
Fit with Broncos:
Although the Broncos will probably be in need of a MIKE in the draft, I am not a fan of Perryman at all. Although he has the size and downhill ability, he is awful in coverage, with no athletic ability. He gets it done against the run downhill with sheer strength, not fotball IQ. I don't see a player able to go sideline-to-sideline at the MIKE position. Perryman projects best as a 4-3 SLB, in my opinion, where he can use his strength and not be affected by his bad coverage.
As an inside LB, Perryman has bad range and plays the run exclusively. I do not see him as a capable 4-3 or 3-4 ILB in the NFL. I came away underwhelmed, as Perryman did not live up to any of the hype. My take? Bad fit for Denver.