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Road to the NFL Draft: Paul Perkins

Position: Running back.

School: UCLA.

Combine measurables: 5-foot-10, 208 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds. Bench press: 19 reps. Vertical jump: 32 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 4 inches.

Career stats: 39 games, 621 carries, 3,488 yards, 29 TDs, 80 catches, 739 yards, 3 TDs.

Draft projection: Third-fourth round.

Lowdown: Perkins became the first UCLA running back to lead the Pac-12 in rushing since DeShaun Foster in 2001 when he gained 1,575 yards in 2014 as a redshirt sophomore. He backed that up with 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015, despite playing through some nagging injuries. … Has excellent vision and the highlight reel to prove it, with dizzying cuts that can make defenders look silly. … Has good hands and is a willing blocker, although there are concerns his thin frame will be able to pick up blitzing linebackers. Might not be strong enough to be counted on in short-yardage situations right away. … Comes from great bloodlines, as his father, Paul, played two years in the NFL and his uncle, Don, played eight seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. Younger brother, Bryce, also plays at Arizona State.

They said it: “A great competitor, Perkins showed a lot of toughness battling through injuries while at UCLA. He senses creases before they open, and has quick eyes to match his outstanding foot quickness, which he shows off often with a filthy jump-cut. Perkins makes a lot of safeties look bad in the open field because of his ability to avoid tacklers while going full speed.” – Todd McShay, ESPN draft analyst.

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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