Ht. 6’2 1/2″
2018: 14 games. 37 tackles, 8 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 pass break up
2019: 13 games. 38 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 6 sacks, 1 FF
2020: 6 games. 23 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks
Accolades. 2018 Freshmen All-American, 2019 Second team All-Big 12, 2020 Second team All-Big 12
History. Four-star recruit from Saint Louis. The top rated recruit in Missouri, he prepped at Lutheran North. Participated in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Younger brother of former Missouri DB Ronnell Perkins. Missed the 2019 Peach Bowl, due to a failed drug test, and the suspension continued 5 games into the 2020 season.
Strengths: Size and athleticism check the boxes. Good get off, gets up field quickly. Deceptively slippery pass rusher. Has a good understanding of leverage. Active and powerful hands. Utilizes a nice club-rip. Good wrap-up tackler. Great motor. Very productive career.
Weaknesses: Not an elite athlete. Lacks explosion and quick feet. Hips are a little tight. Lack of prototypical size. Needs to get stronger, gets bullied too much in the run game. Benefitted from system/conference style of play. Has a failed drug test.
Overview: Perkins lacks the size to play in a 40 front, and the hips to play as an outside backer. His best fit is a team that utilizes a wide 9, where he can be a rotational pass rusher, with upside to become a quality starter. Ultimately, he needs to get bigger and stronger, and utilize his already hot motor as a power rusher.
Evaluation based on. Baylor 20′, Florida 20′, Oklahoma St. 20′,
Draft Projection: Early Third Round Pick
Draft Grade: 5.70
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