STRENGTHS - Pericak's strength and physicality allows him to hold his ground against the double team, and enables him to knock OL off the LOS. He showed the ability to use his hands effectively to disengage from blocks and get into the backfield, or break from a block to make a play in backside pursuit. Pericak's has solid footwork, enabling him to change direction smoothly. He plays with awareness and shows the ability to react quickly. While Pericak did not show any blow up hits in the tape I reviewed he did show the ability to wrap up the ball carrier and did not miss tackles.
WEAKNESSES - Pericak is not overly quick and did not show that he was able to get around the edges quickly. He will need to become a more consistent pass rusher in order to see time at the next level and will need to develop more pass rush moves. While he showed some signs that he could use the swim move, he did not do so consistently. His inability to get off the snap quickly and inability to get a solid first step enables the OL to gain leverage and combined with his lack of quality speed makes it difficult for him to be a consistent pass rusher.
SUMMARY - Pericak has the strength and physicality to knock OL back off the LOS and showed the ability to use his hands effectively to disengage from blocks. He will need to become more consistent in using his hands and developing more of a repertoire of pass rush moves in order to become a more successful DL. When he is able to get into the backfield he has good wrap up skills and in the tape that I evaluated, once he got his hands on the ball carrier he was able to wrap up successfully and make the tackle. His footwork enables him to change direction smoothly, although this could improve at the LOS when he is attempting to go inside or outside on the OL. Pericak does not possess the explosive speed and quickness to get around the edges quickly and it does not help his cause when he does not get a great first step, which is often. Overall, Pericak does not have the speed, quickness and rush rush moves to be a successful every down pass rusher or even a back up DL. However, he does show the strength and physicality to be a run stopper past the LOS