With their fifth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the 149th overall selection, the New York Giants added UCLA running back Paul Perkins.
Perkins joins a suddenly-crowded Giants' backfield that includes Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Andre Williams, Orleans Darkwa, and Bobby Rainey.
The 5-foot-10, 208-pound Perkins ran for more than 2,900 yards during his final two seasons with the Bruins. In 2014, he gained 1,343 yards on 237 carries, 5.7 yards per carry, with 14 touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes.
Here is a summary from Dane Brugler of CBS Sports that was included in his 2016 NFL Draft Guide:
"Although not an explosive athlete, he runs balanced with creative run instincts to make coordinated cuts, showing a natural feel to make the initial man miss due to his vision. Perkins doesn't offer much of a power element, but he runs determined with low pad level and toughness. Although he can be a tough player to project because of his limitations as a between-the-tackles grinder, Perkins has the light feet and quick-thinking moves to add another dimension to a NFL backfield."
Giants' Draft Picks
Round 1 (10th) -- Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
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Round 2 (No. 9, 40th overall) -- Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
Round 3 (No. 8, 71st overall) -- Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
Round 4 (No. 11, 109th overall) -- B.J. Goodson, LB, Clemson
Round 5 (No. 10, 149th overall) -- Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
Round 6 (No. 9, 184th overall) --
More useful links
- Scouting reports from Stephen White
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