2021 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Ronnie Perkins
Weight: 250 pounds
Hands, feet, and arms. Granted, most skilled rushers implement these. With Perkins, the segments of each move falls within one of those three categories. For instance, his push-pull heavily emphasizes his grip and pull strength. Meanwhile, the stutter bull features the prospect relies on his feet to win. Perkins possesses the athletic foundation to improve this. For him, stringing moves together will be the next step. On film, you see flashes, seedlings of moves that need further development. Perkins brings secondary moves like a version of the long arm to get to the quarterback. Additionally, gaining the corner, combined with improvement will increase his productivity.
Perkins’ heavy-handed approach works versus blockers. His punch, whether from a traditional bull or converting speed to power stands up blockers, making them vertical and therefore ineffective. As he continues to add some size, the strength will translate and hopefully increase.
With the former OU standout, slight movement add up to greater success. Although not profound Perkins’ nimbleness wins. Either rising from his stance or jumping the snap, he gains a measure of an advantage early on.
Using a powerful grip, Perkins stops the ballcarrier cold. Now, that prevents wiggle room, but he still needs to work on harnessing his power. As an edge rusher, possessing a strong chop will generate turnovers or force the quarterback to tuck and fall. In open space, Perkins must rely on the cooperation of his hips and hands to win in space.
Despite making his bones as an edge rusher, the prospect presents tools as a quality run stopper. Unfortunately, Perkins currently lacks that instinct for angles and flow. That is to say, he doesn’t display the feel for where the back travels and what he sees. This trait needs serious improvement from Day One. Wild and out-of-control play leads to gash plays that prolong drives and tire defenses.
Under Gus Bradley, the Raiders could probably continue the tradition of kicking Clelin Ferrell to tackle and Perkins could slide in as a situational pass rush. In all honesty, Ferrell’s disturbing lack of burst and athleticism leaves so much to be desired. Desperate for perimeter help, the team could use Perkins as strictly a pass rusher. With his burst and approach, the rookie would present Vegas with another chesspiece. As mentioned, Perkins excels from an array of stances. If Bradley wanted to experiment with the Oklahoma rookie as a LEO, the athletic profile fits and would accentuate what the player brings to the table. On top of that, any new defense needs a slew of gamechangers. With a late Day Two pick Ronnie Perkins gives the Raiders an immediate return on what amounts to little initial investment. The University of Oklahoma suspended Perkins for failing a drug test. As a result, his draft stock should sit right around 90-100. The Raiders sit fourth in pass rush talent. In the AFC West, you can’t dethrone Kansas City with that tact.