Photo of Paul Perkins
Drafted By: Giants

Combine Results

Grade
5.6 ?
  • 4.54 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The Giants' backfield was a turnstile of mediocre RB play last season. The elusive Perkins may not be a bell cow, and they may be okay with that, but his slashing style should provide a spark. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'10" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 208LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Seeing Perkins succeed as a college running back is not surprising, given that his father Bruce (whose first name is actually Paul) played fullback for two years in the NFL and his uncle Don played eight years for the Dallas Cowboys. His younger brother, Bryce, redshirted at Arizona State (where Bruce played) last year, as well. Living up to the family name can be challenging, but Perkins showed great promise as a redshirt freshman by starting six games and finishing as the team's top rusher after athletic quarterback Brett Hundley (134-573, six touchdowns). Hundley didn’t have to run as much in 2014, handing the ball to Perkins 251 times and watching the back go for a Pac-12 best 1,575 yards and nine touchdowns (plus 26 passes to Perkins for 201 yards and two scores). He somehow was only voted honorable mention all-conference for that performance, but coaches wised up in 2015, naming him to their second-team after another excellent season (1,343 yards, 14 TD rushing; 30-242, one TD receiving).

Analysis

Strengths

One of the top creators in the draft combining elite vision and a wicked jump­-cut. Can disappear before tackler's eyes and put them on his highlight reel. Shows no directional tendencies with his cuts and can make defenders miss in tight quarters. Decisive when working between the tackles, but can bounce it when warranted. Flashes sudden, 1­-cut ability on stretch plays. Stacks moves on moves. Reliable hands when asked to help in passing game. Willing to stick his nose in against the blitz.

Weaknesses

Smallish frame for the big-­boy workload asked of him. Arm tackle attempts cause hiccup in his journey. Runs halted abruptly when tacklers square him up. Could be forced off field in short yardage spots. Missing NFL-­caliber force to run through contact and fall forward. Limited to swings, screens and wheels as receiver. Lacked consistent play speed with his wheel routes. Might lack requisite sand in his pants to be counted on for NFL blitz pickup.

Draft Projection

Round 4

Sources Tell Us

"Poor man's Jamaal Charles. The tape tells you everything on him. He's not big, he's not fast, he has great feet and he competes. The combine workout won't tell you anything new. I'm interested to meet the kid and see what he's like." -- NFC general manager

NFL Comparison

Duke Johnson

Bottom Line

If Perkins had more size and play strength to go with his elusiveness, we would be talking about whether he or Ezekiel Elliott would be the first running back off the board. While Perkins' tape is full of ankle-breaking cuts, his draft value will also be determined by his ability to protect the quarterback and stay on the field in short-yardage spots. If Perkins finds the right scheme and team fits for his talents, he could become a high-­end committee back early on.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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