Raiders 2020 Draft Prospect Profile
Name: La’mical Perine
Position: Running Back
School: The University of Florida
Weight: 219 pounds
If you want pretty, stop reading. If you want effective, downhill back that lives to defeat defenders feel free to keep reading. Yet, power isn’t the only part of Perine’s game that matters. What makes Perine so effective? Simply, his feet. That is to say, Perine adjusts well to circumstance and location with his base. He runs decisively with a combination of malice and purpose. With his frame, Perine generates good pop behind his pads, finishing runs with a bit of thunder. Perine relishes the opportunity to thump a defender, yet maintain his footing with excellent power and balance.
Believe or not, Perine performed admirably in this field. At Florida, he tripled his catch totals in his last two seasons. Also, he averaged a respectable 9.4 yards per grab, scoring eight touchdowns. Now, when he secures the grab Perine easily transfers the ball without losing stride or any extra effort. Despite his bulked frame, he will make the catch away from his body.
Without a doubt, the best way to describe him as enough. While Perine won’t streak away from defenders, he gains big yardage with enough burst in the open field to make defenses pay. Yet, at the next level, he’s not expected to step in as a lead back. Under those circumstances, big runs will suit his team well enough.
When the Raiders re-signed Jalen Richard, that solves two-thirds of the running back room in Las Vegas. yet, a vacancy remains. The team expects to see DeAndre Washington in another uniform next year. As a result, Perine fits seamlessly in the backfield. Granted, Jon Gruden fusses over his offense and prefers certain types of back. Perine gives them a reserve with a bruising approach that should pay off near the goal line as well.
Perine fits what Jon Gruden wants to accomplish in the run game. He prefers downhill backs that do not mind unloading on defenses, wearing them out in the second half. As a result, Perine encompasses everything that Gruden wants in a backup. Yet, his Day Three probable draft slot should give the Raiders comfort. Without a doubt, Josh Jacobs will command the lion’s share of the carries. However, Jon Gruden must do his best in continuing to limit Jacobs’ carries. With so much tread on the tire, the Raiders need to act judiciously when doling using their lead back. With Perine, the offense will not need to alter their scheme or playcalling. Granted, Perine does not possess the same explosion as Jacobs. Yet, he possesses the same attacking mindset that will fatigue defenses over the course of sixty minutes.