BIO: Three-year starter who posted 33/1/1 as a senior, missing three games with a knee injury. Totaled 51/2/5 as a junior, also averaging 12.1 yards on fourteen punt returns. Set an NCAA record that year returning four punts for touchdowns.
POSITIVES: Athletic cornerback with game impacting skills as a punt returner. Quick-footed off the line, displays a solid backpedal and fluid transitioning to run with opponents. Can flip his hips, quickly breaks on the throw, and does a good job reading receivers. moves then changing focus to the quarterback. Disciplined, diagnoses the action and picks up assignments in zone. Elusive ball handler tough to bring down returning punts. Slides off defenders and fast in the open field.
NEGATIVES: Lacks top playing strength, gathers into tackles and not very physical. Bites on receivers. moves and does not always display great timing.
ANALYSIS: After showing progress his first two seasons on the field, Perkins had his development slowed by last year's injury. Best suited to play backed off the line of scrimmage or in zone coverage. At the very least, a solid first-day pick who should excel as a nickel back and return specialist.