With Mel Kiper, Jr. playing general manager… in the second round the Houston Texans select;
Oct 4, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) in action against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Denzel Perryman, Inside Linebacker, Miami, 5’11” 236 pounds
Perryman racked up 110 tackles in his final year as a Hurricane and is one of the top players at his position in the 2015 NFL draft. He is limited in pass protection according to scouts, but his NFL.com draft profile praises his work ethic and ability to help against the run.
"Early down linebacker who can make plays against the run but will struggle if isolated in coverage. Perryman is a lunch-pail worker who enjoys the physical part of the game. Can be a highly productive NFL player but ceiling looks to be limited."
How he fits in Houston:
If The Texans pull the trigger on Perryman in round two he would compete with Justin Tuggle for the starting inside linebacker spot beside Brian Cushing. Perryman would provide a solid tackler and run stuffer to go alongside the playmaking ability of Cushing.
It is a big if, but if Cushing and Clowney stayed healthy the Texans front would have top five potential by adding the two first round selections of Kiper’s.