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Sep 28, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) and linebacker Tyrone Cornileus (31) pressures South Florida Bulls quarterback Steven Bench (2) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

player. 123. Dallas would have loved to have been able to land either Gordon or Gurley in this spot. With both players off the board and Dallas seemingly without much by way of ‘needs’, they select the future heart-and-soul of their defense. Having watched almost every single Miami Hurricanes game of Perryman’s career (pathetic, I know), it’s impossible to ignore the impact he makes on a down-to-down basis. Despite not possessing ideal size, Perryman’s instincts and in-game athleticism allowed him to carve out one of the most impressive careers for a linebacker at a school that has provided some of the all-time greats. Perryman wore number 52 at Miami to emulate Ray Lewis and his tenacity and awareness on the field sometimes looked like a poor man’s Lewis. Sean Lee’s once promising career can no longer be depended upon due to his struggles with injury and Rolando McClain still has to prove he can keep his head on straight before his career can complete its 180-degree turn. Perryman is an excellent football player and can help a team with playoff aspirations right away.. Linebacker. Miami (Fla.). Denzel Perryman. 27

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