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Bryce Perkins may be able to sneak his way into the NFL Draft

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The second and third rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft take place tonight, giving us all a sense of normalcy until you turn on the TV and realize none of this is normal at all. While Bryce Hall hopes to hear his name tonight, the Virginia Cavaliers’ other Bryce, Bryce Perkins, may have at least another day to go before he finds his team.

For Virginia fans, Perkins had a breakout season that cemented his position as among those who have helped right the good ship Cavalier, not just this past season but, with hope, as a program. It’s easy to see why UVA fans have high hopes for Perkins in the Draft.

In his senior season, Perkins set the single-season passing record with 3,538 yards while also breaking his own single-season record for total offense with 4,307 yards. In only two seasons, he is now tied with Matt Schaub as No. 2 all-time with 17 quarterback wins and is the all-time quarterback leader with 1,692 career rushing yards. He’s had 16 career games with over 200 passing yards and five career games with over 300 passing yards.

But still, Perkins didn’t receive an NFL Combine invite, and he remains undrafted on most seven-round projections, save CBS Sports in the seventh round.

That’s a shame, but it it doesn’t mean he won’t find his way into the league as an undrafted free agent, or sneak his way in near the end.

Perkins has a big arm and finds ways to flex that muscle and skillset. His accuracy is inconsistent — we know that he can place the ball on a dime, but it depends on a day by day basis. It’s something he’s worked on since missing the Combine, recording it on video while working out at his local high school’s facilities to share with scouts.

Where he can’t rely on his arm, he can turn to his feet to carry him through. He’s got tremendous speed on the open field, and even when conditions aren’t ideal, he’s elusive enough to get just a few extra yards on any play.

The NFL team who grabs him, either late in the draft or as a UDFA, will work with him to develop consistency more than anything else, but also to stay flexible in his decision making ability. He’s got his target, and oftentimes, it looks like his only two options are to hit his target or to scramble out of the play. Scanning the field and reading his options quickly will help him elevate his game to the level where NFL-caliber defenses won’t immediately suffocate him.

“I know I’m going to get my shot,” Perkins told UVA media last month. “And when I do, I’m going to have to make it stick.”

Speaking of making it stick, here’s his standing broad jump to 63” box jump:

Predictions

CBS Sports - No. 248, Atlanta Falcons

How to Watch

Here is the full schedule with times and networks, per the NFL:

  • Thursday, April 23 (8-11:30 p.m. ET): Round 1 — ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  • Friday, April 24 (7-11:30 p.m.): Rounds 2 and 3 — ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  • Sat, April 25 (12-7 p.m.): Rounds 4 through 7 — ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

Keep up with us at Streaking the Lawn as we continue to look at the NFL Draft and the players that might get selected throughout the weekend.