Finding Broncos: Scouting Oklahoma Running Back Samaje Perine

MHH Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel dug into some Oklahoma tape to check out their two running backs. First up is Samaje Perine — another favorite of Erick's.

Samaje Perine, Running Back, Oklahoma Sooners

http://www.scout.com/player/162596-samaje-perine?s=101

Combine Measurements

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 233 pounds

Arms: 30-3/8 inches

Hands: 10 inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.65

Bench Press (225 lbs): 30 reps*

Vertical Jump: 33 inches

Broad Jump: 116 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7.26 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.37 seconds

60-Yard Shuttle: 11.71 seconds*

* denotes top performer

Stats

Year Rush Att Yards Rush TD Receptions Yards Receiving TD
2014 263 1,713 21 15 108 0
2015 226 1,349 16 15 107 1
2016 196 1,060 12 10 106 1

Medical History

Ankle injury history.

Character

Clean.

Pros

Has size, power and solid speed to be the bell-cow back for a team. Good cut and timing of his cuts. Soft hands out of the backfield, but wasn’t used as a out of the backfield receiving threat often.

Decisive. Physical when going downhill. Falls forward. Will punish tacklers. Arm tackles don’t exist to him. Self creator with his power and vision. Keeps his legs churning.

Can make himself small in the hole between the tackles. Outstanding pad level and good balance. Leader and high football IQ.

Cons

Has no dancing to his running. Tight hips. Will struggle vs NFL level speed. Can’t stop and start again. Slows to make his cuts at times. Lacks extra gear. Burst is solid, but could be troublesome in NFL.

Overview

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Big, strong, physical runner who is going to punish defenders every carry. He will fit in quickly with whomever drafts him and be an immediate leader in the locker room and on the field.

Willing to learn and is the perfect player for coaches. Will put team/teammates ahead of himself. Perine will be quick to get a big role for a team early his rookie year and he won’t look back. Injuries are the biggest concern due to the ankle injury history.

Fit With The Broncos

Perine is the power, short-yardage back Denver doesn’t have. C.J. Anderson is the closest to it, but he has elusiveness to pick up extra yards and fails sometimes in short-yardage situations.

Perine can create for himself with his power in those short yard situations and would make third-&-1 all but certain.

Draft Grade: Early 2nd round

Where He Goes: 2nd round

Insider's Take: Per sources, after asking four NFL scouts to name a running back who might be a surprise first round pick, all four said Samaje Perine. They added comments such as, “he is special”, “he will be a top 3 back out of this class in three years”, and, “he will make a team very happy for 10-plus years.”

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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