GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Don't call Nick Perry the savior of the Green Bay Packers' defense. Dismissing that notion during rookie minicamp, the first-round pick out of USC does not want to approach his upcoming first NFL season with such high expectations.
But even if Perry did want to put that type of pressure on himself, there would be a lot of potential obstacles standing in his way from saving a defense that finished 27th in the NFL in sacks last season.
Perry will first have to learn a new position, outside linebacker, a change that was far from his idea.
"I know I've got to make the transition," Perry said. "Whatever I can do to help the team, that's what I'm here for."
During the Combine two months before the draft, Perry told reporters he would prefer to go to a team that played a 4-3 defense and would use him at defensive end, the position he played in college. But Perry would up being selected by the Packers, who are a strictly a 3-4 team.
"It's here now; I can't control it...