The NY Jets kicked off their Day 3 festivities by selecting their second Florida pick of the 2020 NFL Draft in running back Lamical Perine.
The NY Jets went back to the Florida pipeline early on Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft selecting running back Lamical Perine with the 120th overall pick — their first of three fourth-round picks on the day.
After drafting Florida edge rusher yesterday, the Jets doubled-up taking his college teammate in Perine with their very next pick.
Many expected the Jets to use one of their early Day 3 picks on a running back and that’s exactly what they did. With rumors that Le’Veon Bell is unlikely to be on the roster past this season, that strategy made a ton of sense.
Perine has the ability to step in and contribute early on in his rookie season as part of a committee with the potential to be seen as Bell’s eventual replacement if he develops.
The 22-year-old is a solid, well-rounded running back who doesn’t hang his hat on one particular trait. While not an incredible athlete, Perine is a tough, physical back who runs with a purpose and fights for extra yardage.
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Perine never rushed for more than 850 yards in a single season in college with Florida using a committee approach. But if anything, that’s a positive given the lack of tread on his tires.
The 2019 Florida team captain may not have top-end speed — as evidenced by his disappointing 4.62 40-yard dash time — but he makes up for it with his initial burst and surprising acceleration.
His physical, decisive running style will be a perfect complement to the hesitant, patient Bell. Rather than wait for a running lane to develop, Perine explodes through the line of scrimmage and bowls over defenders in his way.
Sometimes it works in his favor. Other times it’s a detriment. But there is an argument to be made that his style will be a better fit for a Jets offensive line that is still a work in progress.
Perine also has solid pass-catching abilities and he was split out wide in the slot by Florida at times last season.
Good value here in Round 4 and a player who could have a feature role on the Jets offense for years to come if it pans out.
Final Grade: B