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Considered to be perhaps the draft's second-best defensive end prospect behind North Carolina's Quinton Coples, Perry likely increased his worth with a strong showing at the NFL combine. Perry might have secured a spot in the first round of the draft after his 40-yard dash time of 4.64 seconds was better than Coples' 4.78 and third among all defensive linemen. Perry's 35 reps in the bench press were the most of any defensive end. He also topped all defensive linemen with a remarkable 38 1/2-inch effort in the vertical leap and 124-inch mark in the broad jump. If there is a knock against the former Trojan, it's that he has the tendency to take plays off. A freshman All-American in 2009 when he led Southern Cal with eight sacks in a backup role, Perry recorded four as a sophomore starter. However, he bounced back to lead the Pac-12 with 9 1/2 sacks as a junior in 2011. He also forced three fumbles and recorded a team-high 13 tackles for loss in his final season before deciding to declare early for the draft. The first-team All-Pac-12 selection is more comfortable with his hand on the ground in a 4-3 defensive scheme, but some teams that employ a 3-4 base believe he can play well as a stand-up rush linebacker. The team that does take Perry likely will make sure the young man is conditioned. During his collegiate career in Los Angeles, it was common for Perry to get winded late in games.