Perry boosts his draft stock

Coming into the NFL scouting combine, there was a lot of talk about USC defensive end Nick Perry being no worse than a second-round selection and a guy who could possibly even work his way into being a first-round choice with a good showing in Indianapolis.

Well, it's safe to say that Perry certainly gave himself a chance to move up on the draft boards with some very strong marks in the testing drills. Perry (6-foot-3, 271 pounds) had the top defensive line marks in the vertical leap (38.5 inches) and broad jump (10-feet, 4 inches) while posting the No. 3 time in the 40-yard dash (4.64 seconds).

Perry -- who led the Pac-12 in sacks in 2011 -- brings versatility too, as there is speculation that some teams could look at him as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He's considered to be that valued commodity as an athletic pass rusher who is physical enough to go against NFL tackles. Those kinds of players get paid a lot of money in the league.