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Perryman A 'Hard-Nosed Dog' At Linebacker

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Denzel Perryman, a standout at the University of Miami, is considered by many to be the best inside linebacker prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft.*

Former Miami Hurricanes standout Denzel Perryman considers himself a smart, physical, downhill, "hard-nosed dog" when he plays linebacker.

As for being the first inside linebacker taken off the board in the 2015 NFL Draft, he's just going to wait for the results.

"I don't know, man," Perryman told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. "It would mean a lot. One of my goals when I first started playing football was obviously getting to the NFL. Now I'm here and I might be the first ILB taken. That's a blessing."

Perryman, a first-team All-ACC selection in 2014, started 37 of the 47 games he played in four years with the team.

During that span, he racked up 351 total tackles, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions. Out of those years, he said his senior year was the most frustrating for him, despite recording a career-best 110 total tackles.

"The way our defense was set up if one guy is not where he's supposed to be, it's a disaster," Perryman said. "We had a lot of that going on, a lot of freelancing."

Any of Perryman's frustrations can be seen simply as a passion for the game, however.

Growing up, Perryman said he wanted to be just like his two older brothers who played football before him. That ignited his passion for the game – and now, he has a daughter to wake up to every morning that keeps his passion burning.

"I feel like I can come in and make an impact," he said. "Just look at the tape. Say my name and you're going to get a physical, hard-nosed downhill dog."

Perryman did admit he has to work on his man-to-man coverage skills, but feels like the combine was his opportunity to showcase his speed, which he felt was in question for scouts.

He posted a 4.78-second 40-yard dash.

"A lot of scouts know I can run," he said. "They want to see if I'm durable."

Perryman has been ranked in the mid-20s on ESPN's big board, which is the highest among inside linebackers.

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