Nick Perry goes No. 28 to the Packers
April, 26, 2012
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com
AP Photo/Michael ConroyUSC's Nick Perry impressed at the NFL combine and was picked by Green Bay at No. 28 in the first round.
USC defensive end Nick Perry was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the No. 28 overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft on Thursday.
A two-year starter for the Trojans, Perry was recruited to USC out of Detroit in 2008 as one of the nation's top-rated prospects. He never became a full-fledged star at the college level but lived up to his potential and led the Pac-12 with 9.5 sacks in 2011.
In the Packers' 3-4 defensive scheme, Perry will likely play outside linebacker across from former USC end/linebacker Clay Matthews.
Perry becomes USC's 77th first-round draft pick, the most of any school in history. He was the second ex-Trojan drafted on the draft's first day Thursday after left tackle Matt Kalil, who went fourth overall to the Minnesota Vikings.
Both players departed for the draft after their redshirt junior seasons at USC.
USC has at least two more players expected to be selected at some point during the draft's next two days in tight end Rhett Ellison and defensive tackle DaJohn Harris and three or four others have hopes of being picked.
It's likely the Trojans won't have a player taken Friday, with only rounds two and three taking place then.