Samaje Perine-RB-Oklahoma
Size: 5’11 237lbs

 Samaje Perine

Strengths:

  • Strong runner
  • Tackle breaker
  • Quick burst into the hole
  • Good instincts

Analysis: When all was said and done and Samaje Perine played his final snap as an Oklahoma Sooner he had set the all-time Sooner career rushing record at 4,122 yards. This is no small task as Oklahoma was home to such running backs as Adrian Peterson, Demarco Murray and Billy Sims. His build is notable because it makes him so hard to tackle. He has natural leverage as runner and really incredible balance. He is one of the few “power” backs in this year’s class–Perine attacks the hole when it is there but shows patience to allow his blocking to develop, as well as the vision and anticipation to set up cut-back lanes when he feels the defense overpursuing. He runs angry, dropping his shoulders into oncoming defenders and keeping his legs churning through contact, rarely going down to the first hit.

Weaknesses:

  • Stiff runner
  • Not a pass-catching back
  • Pass protection
  • Lacks elusiveness

Analysis: While built like a cinder block, frankly, Perine also moves like one at times. He does not possess ideal speed to beat NFL defenders to the edge and lacks a second gear to qualify as a traditional breakaway threat, which could earn him comparisons to former Alabama standout turned NFL bust Trent Richardson. Perine is provided some gaping holes as defenders attempt to counter Oklahoma’s spread offense and he shows just average balance when attempting to create on his own, too often slipping when attempting to make sharp lateral cuts. He was not asked to be the pass-catching back at Oklahoma–that went to Joe Mixon, so that will scare some scouts away who are looking for a three-down back. He has struggled in pass protection, whiffing on oncoming blitzers multiple times on tape.

NFL Comparison: Jeremy Hill

Draft Projection: Round 3

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