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Lamical Perine Is Flying Under The Radar In The NFL Draft

by Kyle Yates | @KyleYNFL | Featured Writer
Mar 22, 2020

Lamical Perine, Florida

Height: 5’11”
Weight: 216 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.62 seconds
Vertical Jump: 35 inches
Broad Jump: 118.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.13 seconds

Throughout the process of watching these prospects, it’s not unusual to find yourself much higher on a prospect than the general consensus. With how subjective scouting is, with individual preference’s for traits at a certain position, there’s always going to be a variance from one analyst to the next.

That player for me this year is Lamical Perine out of Florida. While many analysts may not necessarily be huge fans of Perine’s projection to the NFL level, I’m very intrigued by him and believe that he can be a solid option for a team right away.

What does the redshirt-senior bring to the table from a traits perspective? How should we be valuing him in Dynasty leagues?

Those questions are answered here in my detailed scouting report on Lamical Perine (ratings out of five stars):

Vision/Awareness

Florida’s offensive line wasn’t exactly considered a strong unit last season, but Perine consistently showed good decision-making and ability to get to the second level. He shows a strong proficiency in being able to quickly diagnose and read the lanes to determine where to explode through. His feet work in conjunction with his mind and it shows routinely on tape.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐

Elusiveness (twitch, juke, tackle-breaking)

While the stats may not back it up in terms of missed tackles forced, Perine’s an extremely elusive player for his size. He has good, albeit not elite, lateral agility that allows him to set up defenders one way and explode horizontally. He has excellent contact balance and there are several examples on tape where a defender attempts to wrap him up and he pulls away to evade the tackle attempt. Whether through explosive contact or a defender wrapping up at the legs, Perine seems to consistently break free and fall forward.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Size/Speed

Perine has the necessary size to succeed in the NFL. At 5’11/216, he’ll be able to withstand the beating a NFL back takes at the next level. From an athleticism perspective, he has tremendous burst and agility for a back his size. He hits an opening and explodes through it. Perine has the ability to accelerate to 60 insanely quick and will catch a safety napping and taking the wrong angle. Great burst that’s set up by his footwork though. Also possesses the ability to plant his foot and explode. He carries his size well and has great body control, which aids in his ability to change direction and go vertical quickly. Consistently able to break away from defenders for a long run, but he didn’t run as well as I would’ve anticipated at the NFL Combine. Regardless, the tape says he possesses great long speed.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pass-catching/Pass Protection

Perine was consistently disengaged from the backfield and moved out to the boundaries as a receiving option. For this to happen routinely in college is rare and it speaks to the coaching staff’s faith in Perine’s receiving ability. Whether on swing routes out of the backfield or angle routes, he’s able to excel in those contested windows. He also has great hand-eye coordination. While he may not be the best back in this class from a receiving ability perspective, he’s up there. Additionally a willing participant in pass protection, but doesn’t exactly excel and was consistently driven backwards on tape.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Versatility

As mentioned above, Perine has the ability to be moved all over the field as a receiving option. Or he can carry the ball in between the tackles and thrive, as well. He has the size to be a three-down back in the NFL and the skillset to match.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Projected Draft Spot

Due to Perine’s pedestrian Combine metrics, it’s unlikely to see him drafted before the 4th/5th round. However, for the team who does select him late, they’re getting an absolute steal. Perine has the ability to blossom into a starting RB and could thrive if given the opportunity. In this deep of a RB class, it’s difficult to see a clear landing spot for Perine that would pave a way for immediate fantasy value, but he has the talent and skillset to be a factor. As of right now, Perine should be treated as a 3rd round Dynasty rookie pick that carries tremendous upside.

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Kyle Yates is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Kyle, check out his archive and follow him @KyleYNFL.

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