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Paul Perkins Scouting Report, RB, UCLA, 2016 NFL Draft

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Now we dive into one of the more dynamic RB's coming out in 2016.

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Introduction

Hometown: Queen Creek, Arizona

High School: Chandler

Recruitment: 3-Star Recruit by ESPN

Injuries/Discipline: Nothing worth mentioning

Awards

2015 Doak Walker Award

Measurables

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 210

Class: RS Junior

Projected 40 Time: 4.56

Stats

Year Rush Yards Rush AVG Rush TD Receptions Rec Yards Rec TD
2015 1343 5.67 14 30 242 1
2014 1575 6.27 9 26 201 2
2013 573 4.28 6 24 296 0

Positives

  • He is very shifty and elusive

  • Has a great jump cut

  • Shows very good patience

  • Has above average vision

  • Always keeps his feet moving for yards after 1st contact

  • Serviceable as a receiving threat out of the backfield

  • Can turn nothing into something


Negatives

  • Doesn’t have great breakaway speed

  • Needs to add strength

  • Not a power runner

  • Not a great blocker in pass protection

  • Won’t fit in every offense



Conclusion

Perkins is a RB that intrigues me quite a bit. I love his style of play. His elusiveness, cutting ability and vision is topnotch. As much as I like RB’s that punish defenders like Chris Ivory, I really enjoy watching Perkins demoralize defenders by making them whiff horribly. He will need to work on his pass protection if he wants to be a 3 down back. The Jets O-line is inconsistent to say the least. We could use a RB that can overcome our O-line’s deficiencies and still pick up chunk yardage. Both Ivory and Bilal Powell are free agents to be this off-season. Of those two, I would bring back Powell. Powell can’t handle full time duties alone, and Perkins could be a nice compliment. Perkins will probably be available in the 3rd round.

Draft Grade: 72

90-100 = Exceptional Talent

80-90 = Impact Player

70-80 = NFL Starter

60-70 = Solid NFL Potential

50-60 = Draftable - Lot of work needed

>50 = Undraftable, - Long Shot To Stick