Paul Perkins

UCLA
RB #24
Junior (RS) 5’10” 208

 

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  • 2nd in Pac-12 with 15 Touchdowns.
  • 3rd place All Time in UCLA history in rushing yards (3,491).
  • 80 Career receptions which is most in school history for a RB.
  • Has bloodline as both his father and uncle played in the NFL.
  • Very elusive. Has great jump cut.
  • Good vision.
  • Patient runner who allows blocks to be set.
  • Good receiving threat.
  • Usually makes first defender miss.
  • Willing blocker, though will need to improve pass protection.
  • Doesn’t fit every offense.
  • Not a power RB and unreliable in short yardage.

UCLA found everyway possible to get Perkins the ball in 2014 as he lead the Pac-12 in rushing with 1,575 yards, the first Bruin since 2001. He followed that up with an impressive 2015 campaign and decided to forgo his Senior season and enter the NFL Draft. Perkins is a very patient runner and does a great job of setting up his blocks. He is an elusive back who has an excellent jump cut and a knack for making the first defender miss.

Though not the biggest back, Perkins is not afraid to pick up blitzes however, his blocking must improve at the next level. Despite his lack of size, Perkins does his best work between the tackles, working down the line while using his vision and elusiveness to pick up the more difficult yards. Despite his quick feet, he isn’t the fastest runner (4.54 40 Yard Dash) which may limit the big plays he is able to generate for an offense. He may not fit into every teams offensive playbook, but with the right fit he can have an immediate impact at the next level.

 

NFL Comparison: Lesean McCoy. Elusive runner like McCoy and the ability to break off big runs though not a “speed” back. Like McCoy, he will need to find an offense that fits his style of running and allow to have an impact.

Round Value: Third Round




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