Running back Samaje Perine, formerly of the Oklahoma Sooners, was recently on NBC’s Pro Football Talk live, and he said that he met with the Tampa Bay Bucs for both a workout and a visit, showing that the team appears to have significant interest in him.
Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine said on @PFT_Live that he had both a private workout with the Bucs and a visit to Tampa.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 20, 2017
Perine ran for over 1,000 yards the last three years in a row for the Sooners. His best year was actually 2014, with 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns. He dropped in 2015 to 1,349 yards and 16 scores, then saw his numbers fall again to 1,060 yards and 12 scores last year. Those are still good stats, and part of the reason for the decline was that he had to split carries with Joe Mixon. He also holds the record for the most rushing yards in a single game in NCAA history, with 427. He routed Kansas to get that record, scoring five touchdowns in the process.
According to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, an unnamed national scout said:
“I love Perine. Great kid, hard worker, reliable. He’s a team-first player who will fit into a committee approach or can handle all the work. He will be a solid pro back.”
The Bucs may be interested in adding a power runner on the second day of the draft, and Perine could be a mid-round pick who gives them what they’re looking for. He’s likely not a guy who is going to take over as a lead back, but most teams use committees these days anyway, with speed backs, pass catchers, and power backs for all different scenarios.