In the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins have selected Samaje Perine with the 114th overall pick. With his size and toughness, the former Oklahoma Sooner running back should immediately compete for playing time. However, the ability to pass block should not go unnoticed on the next level.
Yet, there are still a few concerns when it comes to the FBS Single Game Rushing Record (427-yards) holder. Sure, Perine may have put up an impressive 30 reps on the 225 bench press at the combine. The number set him apart when it came to the crop of running backs. But, the 233-pound bruiser posted a 4.65 time in the 40-yard dash.
How well can Perine do when asked to run outside against some of the speed the next level possesses?
Leaving that question up for debate, there are other areas of interest in drafting a player like Perine. Time and time again, the back was asked to produce in the red zone. Taking the hand-off or even direct snap, the junior showcased exactly why the Sooner coaching staff entrusted him with such a responsibility. Scoring 49 rushing touchdowns, Perine rarely loses ground in any situation.
This alone could prove valuable in the NFL and more specifically for the Redskins.