Third Round Pick: Samaje Perine; Running Back, Oklahoma
Arguably the biggest need remaining for the Giants this offseason is running back. They released veteran Rashad Jennings earlier in the offseason, putting last year’s fifth round pick Paul Perkins squarely in the driver’s seat. Shane Vereen and Shaun Draughn should handle the passing game duties, but the Giants could use an early down grinder.
Perine would easily step into that role. He has experience working in a committee, as he combined with Joe Mixon at Oklahoma to make one of the most dangerous running back combos in the nation.
Perine would fill the need that the Giants have. He punishes defenders and gets it done between the tackles. He had the most bench press reps among running backs at the combine, which speaks to his strong upper body. Perine also has a stiff arm that will cause defenders nightmares.
He has the chops to play in the passing game as well. He is a capable pass blocker and reliable coming out of the backfield. He won’t be confused as a third-down passing back, but he can handle it if asked to.
Perine has some durability issues, but his production at Oklahoma speaks for itself. He ran for 4,122 yards and 49 touchdowns in three seasons, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. That kind of production would look great in Big Blue, joining former Sooner Sterling Shepard.