Bursting on to the scene as a collegiate athlete, Samaje Perine continues to put on a show at the next level. Breaking a school record, the running back amassed 4,122 total yards during a three year stay at the University of Oklahoma. Declaring for the draft, Perine had little left to prove — at least to those who watched each and every down of Sooner football. However, that hasn’t stopped the back from putting up impressive numbers at the 2017 NFL Combine.
On Thursday, the 6-1 225 pound back awaited an opportunity to showcase his strength in a tangible format — the bench press. Putting up 30 repetitions at 225 pounds, the number best every other running back in the class. The next closest reps from the backs remained at 23 put up by Oklahoma State’s Chris Carson. Yet, not many others could compete with the number. Setting the bar high, Perine managed to best all but four offensive lineman in the event.
On Friday, the NFL prospects set out to make a lasting impression in the 40-yard dash. On his first attempt, Perine clocked a 4.66 while backing it up with a 4.70 time during a second attempt in unofficial recordings. When the rankings settled in for the crop of running backs, Perine ranked fifth amongst those looking for the chance to play in the NFL. At the top of the list sits Christian McCaffrey alongside Donnel Pumphrey as both posted an official 4.48 time.
The NFL Combine ends today for the group of running backs. Will it still be Leonard Fournette being the first one taken off the draft board during the 2017 NFL Draft?