Average Draft Position (CBS): 77th
NFL Veteran Comparison: Eddie Lacy
If Joe Mixon was Oklahoma’s lightning, Samaje Perine was definitely the thunder. In Perine’s three years at Oklahoma, he rumbled for 4,122 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns.
The Washington Redskins took the bruising runner in the 4th-round (114th overall) of this year’s draft. In Perine’s time at Oklahoma, he was not your typical “2 yards and a cloud of dust” type runner. Perine averaged an efficient 5.4 yards per carry with his powerful running style.
However, he will be battling for carries with another powerful runner: “Fat Rob” Kelley. Kelley is very similar to Perine in size: Perine is 5’11” 234 lbs and Kelley is 5’10” 227 lbs. What separates Perine from Kelley in the Washington pecking order?
- As mentioned earlier, Perine averaged 5.4 YPC while Kelley averaged 4.2 in his rookie season and averaged 4.0 in his college career at Tulane. Although college efficiency doesn’t always translate to the NFL, Perine was more efficient in his Oklahoma career than Kelley was at Tulane or in DC.
- Perine simply has a better nose for the end zone. Oftentimes, it would take multiple handoffs to Kelley inside the 5 in order for him to punch it in, while Perine is able to easily bust his way through the defense into pay-dirt. Even if Perine does not win the starting job, expect him to vulture many of Kelley’s red zone carries.
Perine may not be a 1,000-yard rusher this year, because whether he starts or not, Kelley will get carries and Chris Thompson will take almost 100% of the passing downs. With that said, Perine could reasonably go for 8 touchdowns this year due to his surprising efficiency and attacking the hole.
Think of 1,000-yard, 245-pound Eddie Lacy. Perine is a little lighter than that Eddie Lacy was, but both showed great power and a slight lack of speed (Perine 4.65 40-yard dash, Lacy 4.64). Perine is being drafted is a little too high; if he is available around picks 85-95, that would be a great place to draft him. Perine is a solid FLEX/RB3 play throughout the season.