Samaje Perine was one of college football’s most consistent, efficient running backs over the last three seasons. He’s now a Washington NFL draft pick.
Perine’s Oklahoma Sooners evolved on offense during his time in Norman, shifting away from the run game even as they added talent to their backfield (he’s one of two OU backs we rank in this draft’s top eight runners). Perine’s overall numbers shrunk because of that, but he was still a 1,000-yard rusher every year.
In a 2014 game against a woebegone Kansas, Perine took the ball 34 times and ran for 427 yards — a 12.5-yard average, with five touchdowns mixed in. The yardage total is a still-standing record for the Football Bowl Subdivision, the college game’s highest level of play. It’s possible it will never be matched, even though the record he was breaking — 408 by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon against Nebraska — had been set the week prior.
Kansas’ defense is bad. Probably, it’s been the worst team in the sport’s power NBA Basketball Jerseys conferences over the last handful of years. Perine will see defenses that are just a liiiitttttle better Cheap Jerseys Soccer in the NFL. But what’s being sorted out this spring is just what Perine’s upside might be at the next level.
Watson doesn’t have the arm of Mahomes or the mechanics of Trubisky. Instead, he’s got a national championship. All the dual-threat passer did at Clemson was win, and a solid showing at the combine proved he can make NFL-level throws. However, like every other passer in this draft class, he’s a big risk.
Teams in dire need of a quarterback have to be more conservative with their risk, and that’s why they’d lean toward a player like Trubisky or Mahomes who have higher ceilings. Teams with the luxury of letting Watson play without immense expectations would have the liberty to allow him to develop at his own pace.