Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Bengals select...Tab Perry
WR | (6'2", 229, 4.5) | UCLA
Strengths: Has very good size and is a strong receiver. Has adequate top-end speed for his size. Has better than average hands when he focuses. He decent leaping ability, sideline awareness and body control. Will come up with a lot of jump balls. Does a nice job of using his size to shield defenders. Is tough to bring down once he gets going as a runner after the catch. Is a big, solid blocker that works in the running game. Also has experience and has been very productive as a kickoff return specialist at the collegiate level.
Weaknesses: Missed entire 2003 season due to academics and essentially failed out of school. Doesn't show enough consistency or suddenness as a route runner. Has adequate top-end speed for his size but doesn't play that fast. Is a long-strider that builds speed as he goes. He does not have great initial burst and he rounds off a lot of his routes. He has trouble gaining separation as a route runner and will not be nearly the deep threat in the NFL. He loses focus at times and will drop passes he should catch. He lacks a second gear and elusiveness as a runner. Might not have the speed and elusiveness to return kicks in the NFL, either.
Overall: Perry was a three-year starter at UCLA and was a player that was on the rise prior to things falling apart due to academics in 2003. He had 35 receptions as a junior in 2002 and also averaged 25.1 yards on 25 kickoff returns but he missed the entire 2003 for academic reasons. He barely made it back as a senior in 2004 but despite a slow start to the season he did finish with a respectable 22 receptions for 375 yards and three TD's. Perry has very good size, shows some big play ability as a sideline route runner, and also was an extremely productive kickoff return specialist at the college level. However, while Perry does have some upside and versatility, he is unpolished and unproven as a receiver and his work ethic/mental capacity are concerns. Perry is worth taking a chance on in the last few rounds of the draft but any earlier would be too big of a risk.
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