Scout's Notebook: WR Vinny Perretta

Get the inside scoop on rookie free agent wide receiver Vinny Perretta, who will be competing for a roster spot with the Vikings in training camp this summer.

#15, Vinny Perretta, WR (5092, 186, 4.35-4.54) Boise State

Notes: Born Vincenzo Perretta, 10/14/85. Son of former Chargers offensive lineman Ralph Perretta. Lettered in football three times and track once at LaCosta Canyon High School in Encinitas, Calif. Two-time first-team All-Avocado League selection. Played in the Alex Spanos San Diego All-Star Game. Earned offensive team MVP honors and was on all-academic team. Gained over 1,000 yards in total offense as a senior with 12 touchdowns, including two on kickoff returns. Played quarterback, running back and wide receiver. High school coach was Darrin Brown. A member of the Honor Roll.

College: Perretta was offered a full-ride by St. Mary's in California, but instead wanted to prove that he could play with the big boys and turned down the sure thing to try his hand with the WAC Champion Broncos. He also received recruiting interest from Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego State,Vinny Perretta Arizona State, and Marshall, among others. Redshirted as a walk-on in 2004; named offensive scout team player of the year. Played in 13 games in 2005, catching 12-169 (14.1 avg.), returned 6 kicks for 138 yards and made 4 tackles on special teams. Played both wide receiver and running back in 2006; caught 17-124-2 (7.3 avg.) and rushed 55-316-3 (5.7 avg.). Played in 4 games before being sidelined with a shoulder injury in 2007; caught 9-120-0 (13.3 avg.) and rushed 5-30-1 (6.0 avg.). Finished his college career in 2008, catching 36-578-2 (16.1 avg.) and rushing 22-133-2 (6.0 avg.). Also threw a touchdown pass on a trick play. Named to the All-WAC academic team. Majored in history.

Pre-Draft: Posted 1.50 10-yard dash, 2.53 20-yard dash, 4.43 40-yard dash, 36-inch vertical jump, 10’6” broad jump, 4.09 short shuttle, 6.63 three-cone drill and did 14 reps at 225 pounds at Boise State’s Pro Day on March 17, 2009.

Pro: Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings following the 2009 NFL Draft. Chose the Vikings over offers from the New York Jets and Jacksonville. The Vikings were the one team who flew him in for a pre-draft visit and receivers coach George Stewart “recruited” him.

Positives:  Smart, tough, versatile player who can make things happen with the ball in his hands. Effective slot receiver who gets separation on defenders. Reliable hands; seldom drops a catchable pass. Catches with (extends) his hands. Finds open spots in coverage and works the sidelines effectively. Crisp route runner with good burst into and out of his cuts. Works nicely with his quarterback. Good shake-and-bake after the catch. Productive open-field runner.

Negatives: Due to lack of size, he is primarily a slot receiver, not a prototype outside receiver. Best on the move and needs to be freed up from engaging in a lot of hand-fighting and press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Does not possess true deep speed or second gear. Gets caught from behind quite a bit.

Similar to: A poor man’s Wes Welker (Patriots).

Summary: Too small and lacks truly elite long speed, but he’s a tough, quick, nifty playmaker who is the type of player who will be difficult to cut in training camp.

What they said:

“It has been my dream to get to play in the NFL. Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be like my dad and become an NFL football player. My dad played with the San Diego Chargers for six seasons, so I am trying to carry on that tradition within the family. Now that I have a solid shot at making the team, I am very excited for this opportunity and ready for the challenge.” –Perretta, to

“I believe that I bring a lot to the team. Yes, I might be a small player, but like I have always been told, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog. I am an extremely hard worker. I am very versatile and believe that I can do anything that the coaches ask of me. When I step onto the field, I am very confident, and when I step off, I am very humble. I play for my family, relatives, friends, and most importantly, God.” –Perretta, to

"I was a walk on at Boise State, and it's kind of like I'm a walk on in Minnesota. I've had to prove myself just to make the team at Boise State, so this is nothing new. I love being the underdog. I love being the little guy in the fight. I'm getting ready to go out, get involved and try to make a good impression." -Perretta

“Perretta is a spunky, quick receiver with real good hands. He’s more of an underneath threat with the ability to make things happen after the catch. He’s a slot guy who plays the game with a lot of fire. In a lot of ways, Perretta is a poor man’s Wes Welker.” -Mel Kiper, Jr.

“He's a fifth receiver at the next level who will also be used as a return specialist and specialty player.” –TFY Draft Preview

Other links:

College Bio

2008 Highlights (YouTube)

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