Go Joe Bruin profiles former UCLA running back Paul Perkins as he prepares for the 2016 NFL Draft.
Paul Perkins #24 – UCLA
Perkins has solid leg drive and quick feet through the hole. Impressive balance for someone without a ton of size.
His vision is his best attribute and he can make some deadly cuts that very few backs in the game can make. Has an impressive burst through the hole that allows him to make the most of every carry.
Earns solid marks for his ball security and will put two hands on the ball through traffic. Falls forward consistently. Is a willing blocker and a more than functional receiver out of the backfield. Strong football IQ.
The Improvements Needed
Lacks elite measurable doesn’t fit one particular style of back. Not a burner but won’t be the go to guy in short yardage situations. Didn’t play in a pro-style offense and the wide splits used by his linemen made finding gaps easier.
Despite being a willing pass blocker, lacks the sand in the pants to consistently stone rushers. Will need to demonstrate greater strength through contact at the line. Route tree was very limited at UCLA given the offensive scheme.
Arm Length- 31’ 5/8”
Broad Jump- 124”
1,343 rushing yards, 5.7 yards per carry, 14 rushing touchdowns. Long rush of 82 yards. 30 receptions for 242 yards and one score.
NFL Draft Projections
NFL.com – Round 4 Selection #114 Oakland Raiders
Walterfootball.com – Round 4 Selection #125 Green Bay Packers
Perkins was the bellcow for the Bruins for the past two years and even though he may have a lot to prove at the next level, he has the potential to be a major part of an offense for many years.
He is going to have to continue to bulk up without sacrificing any of his elusiveness although he may never be able to get any heavier than 215lbs. I happen to like Perkins’ game a little more than the scouts so I believe he warrants an earlier selection.
Final Grade: Mid to late 3rd Round.