NFL Draft Scouting Report: Samaje Perine

Running back #32
Junior 5’10” 235

  • Tough, physical runner
  • Workhorse. Can handle 20+ carries
  • Has good patience and waits for blocks to develop
  • Capable receiver out of the backfield
  • Not overly elusive. Straight ahead runner
  • Does not show good technique in pass protection

Samaje Perine was rated a 4-star recruit coming out of Hendrickson High School in Texas. He burst right onto the scene in his freshman year at Oklahoma by rushing for over 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns while earning Freshman All-American honors. He also set the FBS record for the most rushing yards in a single game with 427 yards against Kansas.

Perine continued that success as a sophomore and earned 3rd team All-American honors. His junior year, his carries were cut into by Joe Mixon. He still finished the season by rushing for over 1,000 yards and capped off his career with 86 yards and a touchdown in the Sugar Bowl victory over Auburn. After that game, Perine decided to enter the 2017 NFL draft as an early entrant.

Perine is your prototypical north-south runner. He runs with a purpose and often does not go down after the initial contact. He has good vision and patience when running. Perine also does a good job of waiting for blocks to develop and attacking the proper hole. He has a low center of gravity and also loves to deliver the first blow:

Perine is not overly elusive as a runner though and does not possess top level speed or athleticism. He has good hands out of the backfield but was not used a lot in the passing game at Oklahoma. This also shows in pass protection, where Perine is willing but lack proper technique.

In the NFL, Perine’s skill set may limit him as the power running back in a committee. He will get you the tough yards but is not a running back that will create yards on his own. His ability to be able to handle a lot of carries is also a trait that scouts will like. Perine has enough ability to become a starter in a system that emphasizes a one cut and go type of runner.

NFL Comparison: Chris Ivory

Round Value: 4th-5th round

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