Friday, March 27, 2009

Pro Day Impact & Analysis: Peria Jerry

Mississippi DL Peria Jerry measured a height of 6-foot1 7/8 and a weight of 290 pounds at his Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.64 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.30 seconds. He measured a 31-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-6 broad jump and completed 28 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.

Mancini's Take: Jerry has amazing burst off the snap, which helps him knife through the line of scrimmage and wreak havoc in the offensive backfield. In addition to his quickness, the d-tackle can really hammer ballcarriers and force turnovers. The only question with Jerry is whether he can fight through double teams. He's not B.J. Raji when it comes to stopping the run, but he's certainly a playmaker. Did this guy blow you away during Senior Bowl week, Rosstradamus?

Mandel's Take: He is indeed impressive, Rev, but I wonder about his durability--he missed several games early in his college career, had surgery less than a year ago, and during his Pro Day, he was bothered by a slight hamstring pull. However, even with that nagging injury, he managed to post some very solid numbers for a man of his size. His athleticism and non-stop motor will be attractive to any team and if he was 21, and hadn't been banged up in college, he'd be a top-10 pick. But he's 25 and has a history of he'll probably go late in round one. He will no doubt produce...when he's on the field.

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