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Perine to Enter 2017 NFL Draft

Perine to Enter 2017 NFL Draft

After setting the record for most rushing yards by any Sooner in history, Samaje Perine let the world know via Instagram that he will be entering the 2017 NFL draft. Perine played 3 seasons for Oklahoma, and finished his Sooner career with 51 touchdowns, 685 carries for 4,022 yards, and an average of 5.9 yards per carry. This included setting a new single game FBS record with 427 yards and five touchdowns against Kansas — one of five games in 2014 in which Perine didn’t even start. According to NFLdraftscout.com, Perine is ranked number 6 out of 221 RB’s entering the 2017 draft, and along with Dede Westbrook, that should position him to be a second-round pick. Even more intriguing, walterfootball.com has Samaje going in the third round to none other than the Minnesota Vikings. Adrian Peterson isn’t getting any younger, and Perine brings that bulldozer type running game that Peterson thrived in the league with. Essentially, Perine could be put in a spot where he can study under another great former Oklahoma running back, in Peterson. Sure, none of this is concrete whatsoever, but it is cool to think about.
Perine was a huge part of the Sooner’s two-headed rushing attack of himself and Joe Mixon, and accounted for 306 points that the Sooner offense produced over the last 3 seasons. With such a huge hole to fill, Mixon staying or leaving will decide how lethal the future of the Oklahoma running game will be for the 2017-18 season. Abdul Adams has looked more than serviceable in the time he has had on the field but isn’t Perine or Mixon, and hasn’t even been responsible for a single touchdown as a Sooner. So losing both Joe and Samaje would be a big blow and would make Baker Mayfield the focus of the Sooner’s offensive attack. Lincoln Riley’s pass-happy self isn’t opposed to that scenario, but in the end, all this is right now is speculation. Perine is entering the NFL draft and that’s what we know for sure. Class act from beginning to end, Samaje posted his declaration on social media, and thanked the program, coaches, and teammates. Undoubtedly, he will be missed, but hopefully every Oklahoma Sooner football fan can watch him on Sundays in 2017.

Thank you! #Soonerforlife

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