2017 NFL DRAFT

Paul Perkins, RB

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Oueen Creek, AZ
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 208 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
9773

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.542.69-19 32---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.532.691.6219 3210'4"--

Player Overview

Perkins led the Pac-12 in rushing in 2014 as a sophomore with 1,575 yards and was a second-team All-Pac-12 pick as a junior with 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns while side-stepping nagging injuries. Perkins leaves school as the third-leading rusher in UCLA history.

He redshirted his freshman season before seeing action in 13 games in 2013, including four starts. Perkins was voted the team's most improved player on offense, and posted a season-high 92 rushing yards on 16 carries against Utah.

Perkins became the first Bruin to lead the Pac-12 in rushing since DeShaun Foster in 2001. He had six 100-yard rushing games, including a 194-yard effort against Kansas State in UCLA's bowl win. Perkins was named honorable mention all-conference by the coaches and was voted the team's most improved overall player.

Perkins was a three-star recruit by Scout.com as a two-way player out of Chandler High School in Queen Creek, Ariz.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Perkins is a classic slasher well suited to the spread attack in which he starred for the Bruins. He's a shifty runner, demonstrating both flexible joints to bounce laterally as well an explosive burst. Balanced and flexible, he's able to dip under the grasp of would-be tacklers and keep his feet, quickly building up to top speed.

Perkins is a patient, natural runner with good vision to search out holes and the athleticism to squirt through once they are found. While his relatively high-cut frame isn't ideal for pass protection, Perkins shows good awareness to chip as well as the toughness to square up blitzing linebackers. He's also a productive receiver with the hand-eye coordination to pluck the football.

WEAKNESSES: Perkins was listed by UCLA at 210 pounds but he looks slighter than this on tape. Among running backs Perkins possesses a relatively lean, athletic frame and thin thighs. As such, he's doesn't possess ideal power to run through would-be tacklers, a fact exacerbated by marginal pad level. He's willing as a pass blocker but simply lacks the sand in his pants to hold up to the 250+ linebackers he'll be asked to take on in the NFL.

IN OUR VIEW: The most consistent running back in the Pac-12 over the past two seasons, Perkins is a classic slasher with the vision and burst to project well in any NFL offense which allows him to simply plant and go. He has the hands and toughness to remain on the field on third down but a relatively spindly frame raises concerns about his ability to remain durable if featured in the NFL as he was by the Bruins.

--Rob Rang (12/21/15)

 
 
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