Giants draft UCLA RB Paul Perkins in Round 5

New York has a stable of running backs at its disposal, but drafted the former Bruin to create more competition this summer.

The New York Giants spent their fifth round pick on versatile UCLA Bruins running back Paul Perkins.

            Only talking to the team one time before the draft began, Perkins was shocked about the selection carried into his conference with media yesterday.

            “I had no idea,” said Perkins, who spent three years in the Bruin uniform. “I can’t even really put this into words right now.”

            The 5-foot-10, 208 pound Perkins finished fourth in the Pac-12 last season with 1,343 rushing yards and second in touchdowns with 15. As these numbers don’t jump off the paper, the broad skill-set he possesses foreshadows a ceiling with no limits.

            “I think I can bring it all,” Perkins said when asked about what he can bring to an NFL team. “I can definitely come in there with hard work and definitely come in there with the mentality to improve the team.”

            Looking at the Giants running back core, it is headed by Rashad Jennings who can be categorized as a power back with Shane Vereen catching the ball on third downs. Perkins may be able to beat out Orleans Darkwa and Andre Williams for time because of his versatility.

            He can virtually do it all as he can cut and weave into the opposing secondary while also hauling in anything thrown his way. His size allows him to absorb contact as well.

            Perkins is the fifth running back on the team heading into training camp, and there is no doubt he will need to battle for a team spot as the new kid on the block. He seems to be ready for the challenge, and even thinks he could work his way into the starting role.

            “I think I can do it all,” he explained. “There’s a lot of great running backs. I feel like I can do it all.”

            


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