Draft Day Notes: Antonio Perkins

Here are some odds and ends on the Browns new cornerback and kick returner, provided by the Cleveland Browns.

  • Antonio Perkins is an electrifying open-field runner who set school, conference and NCAA records as a punt returner
    during his career as a Sooner. His 277 yards on punt returns vs. UCLA in 2003 set an NCAA Division I-A
    game record. His eight touchdowns scored on punt returns during his career tied the NCAA record first set by
    Wes Welker on Texas Tech (2000-03).
  • In 47 games with the Sooners, Perkins started 30 times and finished with 125 tackles (92 solos), 11
    interceptions for 150 yards, a seven-yard sack, five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble
    recoveries and 21 pass breakups.
  • He also set school records with 113 punt returns for 1,441 yards (12.8 avg.) and eight touchdowns and
    gained 319 yards on 20 kickoff returns (16.0 avg.)
  • Perkins also set team conditioning records, marking a 4.31 in the 40-yard dash with a 42-inch vertical jump.
  • Honorable mention All-Big 12 as a senior. Consensus All-American return specialist and first team All-Big
    12 as a junior. Second team All-Big 12 choice and All-American honorable mention as a sophomore. As a
    freshman, marked freshman All-America status.
  • Two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree.
  • Perkins marks the second player from Oklahoma taken by the Browns in the '05 Draft (safety Brodney Pool,
    second round). The last time the Browns took two players from the same school in the same draft was 2001
    when the squad chose running back James Jackson in the third round and receiver Andre King in the seventh
    round – both from Miami (Fla.).
  • The last time the Browns took two players from the same school in the first four rounds of the draft was
    1980, when the team picked running back Charles White from USC in the first round, then took quarterback
    Paul McDonald from the school in the fourth round.
  • Perkins is the 13th defensive back taken by the Browns since the team's return to the NFL in 1999 – the most
    of any position. There are more Browns-drafted DBs on the team (seven) than any other position (Daylon
    McCutcheon, Michael Jameson, Chris Crocker, Michael Lehan, Sean Jones, Pool and Perkins.)

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