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Peria Jerry

Jerry with the Falcons in 2009
No. 94     Atlanta Falcons
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: August 23, 1984 (1984-08-23) (age 25)
Place of birth: Batesville, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 294 lb (133 kg)
Career information
College: Mississippi
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Debuted in 2009 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2009
Tackles     1
Sacks     0
Interceptions     0
Stats at

Peria Edward Jerry (pronounced /pəˈreɪ/; born August 23, 1984 in Batesville, Mississippi) is an American football defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League


High school career

While playing for South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi, Jerry was selected first team All-State and Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches. He was also named first team All-State by The Clarion-Ledger.

Jerry signed with Ole Miss in the 2004 class, but decided to attend Hargrave Military Academy. There, he was rated as the No. 15 prep school player in the country by He played in eight games at Hargrave during the 2004 season and was credited with 30 tackles, including five quarterback sacks.

College career

2005 was Jerry's true freshman season at Ole Miss. After missing the first four games due to injury, he played in six of the final seven games. He finished the season with three total tackles.

In 2006, Jerry battled through injuries to play in eight games, making six starts along the defensive line. He made starts at end, tackle and nose tackle. He totaled 22 tackles on the season with 1 tackle for a loss and 1 QB sack. In the Spring, he received the Jeff Hamm Memorial Award for the most improved defensive player of spring drills. He moved from tackle to end and promptly emerged as the starter. Jerry was rated an "Emerging Star" at Ole Miss by Lindy’s magazine.

2007 saw Jerry named Second Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and He started all 12 games at defensive tackle and was ranked sixth in the SEC in tackles for losses (TFLs) with 14. He finished second on the team in TFLs, 3 and a half QB sacks, 4 QB hurries and 58 total tackles.

In 2008, Jerry was named to the All-SEC First Team by the leagues coaches and to the All-SEC First Team by the nation's news media. Additionally he was named to the Associated Press All-America First Team.

Professional career


2009 NFL Draft

Drawing comparisons to Vonnie Holliday and Cory Redding,[1][2] Jerry was commonly ranked as the second-best defensive tackle available in the 2009 NFL Draft, behind only Boston College′s B. J. Raji.[3][4][5] He was drafted at pick 24 of the First Round by the Atlanta Falcons.[6]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-1⅞ * 290 lb * 4.98 * X X 4.64 * 7.30 * 31 in * 9′6″ * 28 * X

(* represents NFL Combine)[1]

Atlanta Falcons

Jerry was signed to a five-year contract by the Falcons on July 30, 2009.[7] Jerry will compete with Trey Lewis to replace Grady Jackson, who was not re-signed by the Falcons, at defensive tackle.[8]

Peria Jerry suffered a major knee injury on September 20th, 2009, which will cause him to miss the remainder of the 2009 season.


Peria Jerry is the older brother of John Jerry, who currently plays right offensive tackle for the Ole Miss Rebels, and projects as an early round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Pro Football War Room: Peria Jerry",, April 25, 2009,  
  2. ^ McGuire, Matt, "2009 NFL Draft Prospects: Peria Jerry Profile",,  
  3. ^ Fiutak, Pete (April 21, 2009), "2009 NFL Draft - The Defensive Tackles", College Football News,  
  4. ^ Needell, Paul (April 24, 2009), "2009 NFL Draft Analysis: Defensive ends/defensive tackles", The Star-Ledger,  
  5. ^ Abromowitz, Michael, "2009 NFL Draft Rankings - Defensive Tackles", NFL Draft Director,  
  6. ^ Ledbetter, D. Orlando (April 26, 2009), "Falcons opt for defense", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  
  7. ^ Ledbetter, D. Orlando (July 30, 2009), "Falcons, first-round pick Jerry reach deal", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  
  8. ^ Devitt, Dawson (July 29, 2009), "The Fight for D-Tackle: Jerry or Lewis?", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  
  9. ^ Brandt, Gil, "Top offensive tackle prospects for 2010 hail from the Big 12",,  

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