Paul Perkins was selected 149th overall (5th Round) in the 2016 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
The thing about former UCLA running back Paul Perkins is that he does not stop. Even when he is injured (which was seldom), Perkins as always put out his best performance. And then when he is healthy, LOOK OUT!
Two years ago, Perkins came out of no where to lead the Pac-12 conference in rushing yards with 1,575, which was also the second highest in a season for a UCLA running back.
Last season, despite a mid-season injury, Perkins nearly repeated that effort with 1,343 (4th in the Pac-12 Conference). The best way to explain Perkins is that he is a workhorse and the New York Giants are lucky to have him.
Aside from a keen sense of vision, Perkins is a very special runner. He does not have breakout speed — though he has been known to shatter that myth on a few of occasions — he is very selective in his routes. He is a smart runner that stays low, can see openings in the line develop and has the ability to stop and change directions, all with a burst at the end to get extra yards.
On top of that, he is trouble to bring down. Though he will be a project in the NFL, with some development, he can be a very dangerous back for the Giants.
Bruin fans are sad to see him go, but if he keeps working in the Big Apple the way he did in the City of Angels, he will be very productive for the Giants.
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Congratulations, Paul Perkins! Go Bruins!