UCLA RB Paul Perkins will apply for early draft eligibility

Yet another UCLA player plans to end his college career a year early.

Running back Paul Perkins became the fourth Bruins player to indicate he will apply for early eligibility into the 2016 NFL Draft, issuing a statement via social media on Tuesday:

The fourth-year junior rushed for 1,343 yards this season, slightly behind his 2014 season of 1,575, and has averaged six yards per carry over the last two years combined. He's also proven as a solid receiving threat out of the backfield with 80 career receptions.

Perkins (5-foot-11, 210 pounds) joins linebacker Myles Jack, offensive lineman Alex Redmond and defensive tackle Kenny Clark as UCLA players who plan to enter the draft early. Underclassmen have until a Jan. 18 deadline to apply for early draft eligibility.

Perkins' draft stock is unclear, though he plays a position that is generally devalued in the draft.



Other top running backs who intend to enter the draft as underclassmen include Arkansas' Jonathan Williams, Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, Indiana's Jordan Howard, Washington's Dwayne Washington and Florida's Kelvin Taylor.

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