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Browns select...Antonio Perkins, CB, OKLAHOMA
Strengths: Is experienced in man and zone coverage. Is quick and has decent speed. Has smooth hips and very good COD skills. Closes on the ball in front of him quickly. Has good ball skills and is an explosive threat with the ball in his hands after an interception. Is an exceptional punt return specialist. Has very good vision, COD skills and elusiveness. Also shows enough speed and a second gear when he hits daylight. Is faster than 40-time indicates.
Weaknesses: Has limitations at cornerback. Does not have great size, speed or strength. Is willing in run support, but gets run over occasionally and is more of a drag-down tackler than anything. He does not have good bulk and he will have trouble matching up against bigger, more physical receivers. His recognition skills are just decent and need improving. He often times will get a late jump on the ball as a result of a slow read. Lacks catch-up speed to recover from mistakes. Knee injury as a senior in 2004 combined with below average size creates long-term durability concerns.
Overall: Perkins redshirted in 2000 and played a backup role at cornerback most of his redshirt freshman season in 2001 before taking over as a starter with three games left. He has been a starting DC and return specialist since. As a junior in 2003, Perkins had 51 tackles and three interceptions at cornerback, averaged 12.1 yards per punt return with four touchdowns, and also had eight kickoff returns. Perkins missed two games because of a knee injury in 2004 and didn't have nearly as productive of a senior season, as he finished with 33 tackles, one sack, one INT and one PBU. He did have one punt return for a touchdown (44 yards) but averaged 9.3 yards on just 17 punt returns that season. Perkins is actually a late-Day 1 cornerback prospect whose value is increased due to his outstanding punt return potential in the NFL. As a cornerback, Perkins has below average size and strength and just decent speed, but he is capable in man-to-man and zone coverages, has excellent ball skills, and has the potential to develop into a solid nickel slot cover corner in the NFL. In the meantime, Perkins should immediately push for a role as a starting punt return specialist for the team that selects him in the late-second or early-third round range.
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Antonio Perkins, CB, Oklahoma
Height: 5:10.5 Weight: 188
Overview: Perkins is an electrifying open field runner who set school, conference and NCAA records as a punt returner during his career. His 277 yards on punt returns vs. UCLA in 2003 set an NCAA Division 1-A game record and his eight touchdowns scored on punt returns during his career tied the NCAA record first set by Wes Welker on Texas Tech (2000-03). Perkins was a consensus All-State selection and a member of The Daily Oklahoman's Blue-Chip List as a senior at Lawton (Okla.) High School. He added District and Area Offensive Player of the Year honors after finishing fifth in Class 6A ranks with 44 catches for 951 yards and sixteen touchdowns as a senior. He led the squad to 23-2 record in his final two years, including an 11-1 mark as a senior. He also averaged 20.5 yards and scored three touchdowns (two in one game) on 20 punt returns, returned one kickoff for a touchdown and made over 90 receptions during his prep career. The trumpet and baritone player redshirted as a freshman in 2000 at Oklahoma. He earned Academic All-Big Twelve Conference honors in 2001, adding Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News, as he intercepted three passes, deflected four others and recorded 15 tackles (12 solos) as a reserve cornerback. Perkins followed with All-Big Twelve second-team honors in 2002, when he had an outstanding season as a punt returner and cornerback. He recorded 26 tackles (17 solos) with seven pass deflections and four interceptions. He set a school season-record with 643 yards and three touchdowns on 43 punt returns (15.0 avg) and added 207 yards on 12 kickoff returns (17.2 avg). Perkins surpassed those lofty totals in 2003, as he was a consensus All-American choice. He finished with 51 tackles (41 solos), three interceptions and five pass deflections and set NCAA records for most punts returned for touchdowns in a game (three) and season (four) and most yards gained on punt returns (277 vs. UCLA). He totaled 642 yards on 53 punt returns (12.1 avg), 13 yards on three pass thefts and 112 yards on eight kickoff returns (14.0 avg) during his junior campaign. Primed for another banner season in 2004, Antonio suffered a left knee sprain vs. Texas and was forced to sit out four games. He still finished with 33 tackles (22 solos), a sack, an interception and a pass deflection on defense. Perkins also gained 156 yards and a score on 17 punt returns (9.2 avg). In 47 games with the Sooners, Perkins started thirty times. He finished with 125 tackles (92 solos), a 7-yard sack, five stops for losses of 14 yards, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 21 pass deflections. He set school career-records with 113 punt returns for 1,441 yards (12.8 avg) and eight touchdowns, gained 319 more yards on twenty kickoff returns (16.0 avg) and 150 yards with a score on eleven interceptions. He also set team conditioning records with a 4.31 clocking in the 40-yard dash and a 42-inch vertical jump.
Analysis: Positives...Perkins has a well-developed lower body, with broad shoulders, long arms, thin waist and minimal body fat...Smooth and sudden athlete who shows very good body control and change of direction agility...Clean in his breaks and has no wasted motion coming out of his backpedal...Has great work habits and pushes his teammates due to his work ethic...Team player who took over leadership responsibilities on a young squad... Quick to recognize the play in the open field and is good at sniffing out the ball in pursuit... loses on the ball instantly thanks to his explosive burst and hip snap...Has very good field vision and the quick feet needed to run and recover...Flashes a good closing burst and is rarely late coming out of his breaks, especially when closing underneath... Stays on coverage at the top of the route because of excellent body control...Willing tackler in the open field, taking short angles to the ball...Not really a physical hitter, but gathers and wraps well in the open to secure...Does not bite on fakes or get turned easily, showing smoothness through his backpedal...Trails well and shows good hip flexibility for transition...Quick in breaks and can jump on the play...Fluid in his turn and can run stride for stride to cut off the route...Has large, natural hands, tracking the ball properly in flight and timing his leaps to get to the ball at its high point...Stays low in his pads and drives hard with his legs to make the tackle in the short area.
Negatives...Seemed to regress a bit in recognizing play action as a senior, but he was trying to compensate for a knee injury and was playing closer to the line, where he is not as effective as a tackler when working in tight quarters...Will lend support vs. the run, but does not have the strength to face up to the larger blockers and struggles to shed because of marginal hand usage at the point of attack...Stays low in his pads, but can be run over by the larger receivers and ballcarriers...The knee injury saw him give a big cushion to receivers in 2004 and he appeared a step slower in making plays he routinely made in previous years...Needs to be more aggressive going up for the ball in flight and must show better hand placement, as he does not generate enough strength with his hands to reroute receivers...Takes good angles in run support, but gives up size...Reliable tackler, but just not strong enough to punish.
Agility tests: 4.31 in the 40-yard dash...275-pound bench press...42-inch vertical jump...10'8" broad jump...321/8-inch arm length.
High school: Attended Lawton (Okla.) High School, playing football for coach Clarence Madden...All- State pick by The Daily Oklahoman, Tulsa World and the high school coaches association and was a member of The Daily Oklahoman's Blue-Chip List...District and Area Offensive Player of the Year after finishing fifth in Class 6A ranks in receiving with 44 catches for 951 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior...Led the squad to a 23-2 record in his final two years, including an 11-1 mark as a senior...Exceeded 90 receptions for his career...Also averaged 20.5 yards and scored three touchdowns (two in one game) on 20 punt returns and returned one kickoff for a touchdown.
Personal: Criminology/Sociology major, who graduated in May, 2004...Twice earned All-Big Twelve Conference academic honors...Son of Charlotte Perkins...Plays the trumpet and baritone...Born 1/09/82 in Lawton, Oklahoma.
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